Ruger makes some decent, shoots every time autos.http://www.ruger.com/mobile/products/13009.html
They also make some decent revolvers.http://www.ruger.com/mobile/products/1707.html
You can find them for less on the used market. Check pawn shops and your lgs for trade ins.
Personally I would go with the revolver. But I also have a Ruger P89 in 9mm that I enjoy. If you plan on having a sidearm for protection in the great outdoors the 357 mag is a better choice for penetration on scratchy bitey critters.