Originally Posted by ClydeFrog
I would buy a new Gov revolver or Taurus Judge. You could use it for snakes, wolves, bear, etc.
It could work with .45acp, .410 Shotshells, .45LC etc.
CT Lasergrips makes a grip for the Taurus too.
I can't speak towards the Governor, but I wouldn't stake my life on my Judge in the wilderness. On my gun, one of the original 4" models, the cylinder is sloppy, and I would question it's cold weather use. And given the overall weight and size, I'd rather find a better gun to tote.
I originally bought my Judge for hiking and the trails for snakes and the like, but it quickly fell out of use for anything but popping clay's thrown from my other hand.