Another advantage is that there is a very wide selection of factory loads to choose from.
The performance of the gun can be tweaked by choosing the right ammo for the job.
The pic below shows one such offering, a load which produces over 1600 ft/lbs of muzzle energy, and which can only be safely fired in selectively large and overbuilt models of this already large and overbuilt gun.
This means the .44 Magnum is certainly powerful enough to harvest any game found in North America, even if I would strongly recommend that one be very careful about shot placement if tackling a grizzly bear.
Size and power is what distinguished this caliber, and people drawn to that metric soon became dissatisfied with standard loads which only delivered 150% of the performance found in a .357 Magnum.
Specialty ammo from boutique manufacturers responded to the demand by offering ever larger bullets being pushed to ever faster speeds.
Since the premise is to go toe-to-toe with extremely dangerous game, it would be a good idea to invest in high powered handguns that pack a respectable punch.
But where is the line between “powerful” and merely ordinary?
A cartridge much admired in the United States amongst shooting sports enthusiasts is the .45 ACP, and it produces around 395 ft/lbs of muzzle energy.Hunting, self defense, improved accuracy, even armor piercing.Carry a few speedloaders at your belt and load up for the situation.And so we have a baseline for ordinary, which is a handgun producing a bit less than 400 ft/lbs of energy at the muzzle.If we want to protect ourselves against large and dangerous game animals, we will have to do better than that.