I am a third generation hand gun hunter. My grandfather hunted with a taurus .357 magnum. My dad hunts with a Ruger super black hawk .44 magnum with a 10" barrel and 2x scope. I hunt with a S&W .500 magnum with a 8 3/8" barrel and 4x leupold FX -2 scope. I have yet to take a deer with mine. I have only hunted with it for two years. I just like being different I guess. Everyone seems to be hunting with a synthetic stock, bolt action rifle, usually chambered in 30-06.
I just went over the weekend and bought a box of shells for mine. I use winchester platinum tip 400 grain hollow points. They went up in price. Now $75.00 for a box of 20!
I really need to get into reloading.