Originally Posted by ClydeFrog
Ha ha ha.
A forum member once said there are no snakes in AK but I wouldn't want to be the first to meet one,
The forum member was correct, there are no snakes. Although "snake" shot type loads are good for bagging grouse and ptarmigan for supper, there are lots of those and a small game license isn't too spendy even for an out of stater.
Accounting for all of the other stuff I said, the 5.5" Redhawk in 44 Mag would be an excellent one gun choice for everything you say you intend to do on this trip.
Don't want to start a fight but the difference between 44 heavy loads and 10mm "heavy" loads is not even close to trivial.