I would like to know if anyone has any experience with Bowen Classic Arms. I have been invited to hunt in Alaska in the foreseeable future (nothing confirmed yet) and I have decided that I need (or maybe just want) a new revolver for grizzly defense. I have been looking at the revolvers made by Hamilton Bowen at Bowen Classic Arms and they are absolutely stunning. The one that I think looks best for my purposes is the Bowen GP44 Ruger SRH Alaskan, which is the Ruger SRH Alaskan but with a 4" Redhawk barrel attached. The gun has an option of either a 5-shot or 6-shot cylinder (not sure why the 5-shot cylinder is an option). I am looking at getting one in .454 Casull. The revolver is expensive at a starting price of around $2k, so I want to know if anyone has any experience/opinions on this gun (or any other Bowen revolver), I would love to hear it before I decide to purchase it. Now you cannot help but be in awe looking at the guns on the Bowen Classic Arms website (take a look and you'll see what I mean). Some revolvers that caught my attention were Ruger Blackhawks in .44 Special and one in .50 AE. I was also intrigued by the mention of the .50 Special round that many Bowen revolvers are chambered in. This is a different round than the .500 S&W Special, which is a shortened .500 S&W round. The description of the .50 Special listed are as a .500 Linebaugh that has been shortened to .38 Special length. This means that it can do 350 gr. bullets at 950 fps. The whole point of this round is as a low recoil alternative to the .500 Linebaugh that still hits with authority. I just do not know why anyone would go with this round over the factory produced .480 Ruger (which is also a low recoil big bore round). Does anyone have any experience with this .50 Special?