...I'm sure you guys are sick of me saying this but....
Porting snubby barrels is totally useless. And, gets you burned or blinded. The barrel is simply too short.
The RB is a nice piece.
There's a lot of nice piece's out there.
There's one handgun I trust that is made for Bear exclusively.
The Ruger Alaskan.
In .454 Casull you can shoot Buffalo Bore +P .45LC with a large meplat and that will down anything that breaths pretty much. The .454 is a one shot deal as it takes forever to recover and reaquire.
They stopped making the .480 Ruger, and that was the ultimate field round for a lot of reasons.
I have one in .44mag. I use it for combat with light loads. And with any +P large meplat 270gr and up GCHC load avail over the counter it will stop or drop just about anything in NA. I can put two similar weight in grain rounds of .44mag on target in the time it takes to get one off and almost reaquired with the .454.
Accept no substitute.
Self defense handgun for my 115 lb wife against human & backcountry animal predators?
I need a revolver my wife can handle, that can double as a home defense weapon as well as defend herself and the kids in the backcountry. I'm leaning towards something like the Taurus Judge that can shoot the 410 shotgun shell for home defense and the 45 caliber in cougar/black bear country. I have a 357 magnum but it's too much for her to handle. I hear the 45 has a gentler recoil and the ported version is even less recoil. I'd also not like to break my budget. Any opinions if that will stop or scare off both predator types? Should I get her a 3" or 6.5" barrel. It doesn't need to be a concealed weapon version as long as it can be holstered on her chest.
Thanks for any input anyone can share,