imo,first you look at caliber and then you look at fire control features and finally you look at guns.
what caliber is best for you?which one can you manage the recoil perfectly ok and deliver accuracy and speed?which caliber offers the platforms your looking for?which one can you practice enough with,with out going broke?...imo,you should consider the 9mm,.40s&w and 45acp.mainly because they are effective,offer good and plentiful choices and seem to be here to stay...don't get cought up on power numbers or knock down theories or myths about comparisons.
how do you want your pistol to function?what trigger type do you prefer?what safety features do you prefer?where do you want those features to be?when thinking about these you should think about which one YOU can use with speed,accuracy and safety.luckily for you,you are not already set in your ways so don't necessarily believe what works for others is what works best for you.it's YOUR gun.
then you look at the guns.luckily,there are many reliable choices out there at different prices.however,imho,if your looking for "out of the box"reliability,you should stick with the major manufactures and i don't mean those that specialize in making nice versions of "classic" pistols.imho,these are the ones you should stick to,in no particular order---beretta,walther,browning,ruger,sig,glock,h&k,e.a.a . witness,cz,taurus,springfeild(xd only),s&w.i'll probably get flamed for this and there might be one or two i'm forgetting.
by the way,you mentioned taurus.imo,the best pistol that they have ever produced is the pt92/99 series but i'm not saying the others aren't good.also,the match up between beretta/taurus 92 series and the cz 75/85 is a clssic one(in terms of the match up)....both of them are good but there are some differences.take your time and study carefully.
good luck hunting.i hope this helps instead of confusing you even further.