You don't have to choose between quality and porting; buy a Ruger and send it off to MagNaPort -- problem solved!
Originally Posted by TXWheeledShooter
A good .44 with the right ammo is all anyone really needs in North America. Even for dangerous game, a heavy hardcast .44 slug will penetrate as much as you will ever need; seems to me Larry Kelly shot clean through a Grizzly sideways, taking out both shoulders, with a heavy-loaded .44 (many years ago, too). If you WANT more, you can have it, as long as you're willing to pay the price (both in $$$ and in recoil), but you really don't NEED it. All IMO, of course.
I worked-up a heavy-bullet .44 mag load for my Redhawk before I went to Alaska; those 310 grain hardcast flat-points would go through TWO 14-inch telephone poles, back-to-back. I never shot any critters up there with it, but I never felt poorly armed, either.
"Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
(RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)