Where is your hunt scheduled?I have a Montana archery elk hunt later this year, so I used that as an excuse to buy a back country side arm. I kept debating on the 44 mag revolver vs. the 10mm auto. I have a couple Ruger Blackhawk 357s, so I have a feel for what shooting a revolver is like. I have several automatics in 380 and 9mm. I was leaning towards a Ruger Redhawk with a 4 inch barrel.
My Montana elk guides all carry Ruger Alaskans in 44 mag. They provide the archery hunters with a can of bear spray. When I hunted in Alaska last year, the guide carried a Glock 20. The assistant guide had a S&W 500, but rarely carried it. Instead he toted a 338 WM rifle. The wrangler had a side arm, but I can't recall what it was. When he tagged along with us on the hunt, he carried a 45-70 rifle.
After much research and discussions, the advice from a friend and shooting instructor help me decide to go the 10mm auto route. My friend told me most people shoot the 10 better than the 44 mag revolver.
Next, I started looking at the Glock 20, S&W M&P and the Springfield XDM. After much back and forth, I went with the Springfield with a 4.5 inch barrel. I liked the idea of the grip safety. I found a deal on GB that included 5 mags and when it arrived, there were actually 6 mags, all 15 rounders.
I purchased 2 boxes of ammo at the local Academy sporting goods and shot the entire 100 rounds quite accurately...........better than my 9mm CC gun. I am quite happy with it.
I went onto AmmoSeek and found a good price for 1000 round case and just received it. Also ordered a Holosun red dot and chest rig holster, using the 15% discount code that Springfield included.
the Glock 10mm is gaining favor here particularly with fly fishermen.