In town - 38+P Hydrashocks or Silvertips
In Wilderness - Biggest, heaviest, fastest SWC or Flat Nose 357 I can find, first choice. Heavy, fast hollow point 357s, second choice.
For self defense, I'd prefer a brand name like "Safety Range Target Ammunition" over something like "Sureblood Manstopper Cavitating Magnums". Seriously, I'd even prefer "thirty-eight special" over "three fifty-seven magnum" when it came to a litigatious encounter. "He shot my client with a large caliber MAGNUM gun, not once but twice".
Sgt Lumpy - n0eq