So, say you have $800-$1000 to spend on a revolver, and you want something from .44mag on up to the smith and wesson 500. You're going to use it for deer, blackbear, punching paper, etc. What do you look for, new, used, manufacturer, etc. Give me some ideas here.
For what one guy's opinion is worth...............
If I were to be in the market for an all-purpose, large caliber revolver, I would look hard at two.....
Dan Wesson .445 Super Mag.........WAY sufficient for big game but can also shoot .44 Mag and .44 Special for target or fun plinking.
S&W .460 S&W........same as the .445 Super except on steroids. .460 S&W is goo for everything up to dinosaurs, pretty much. But you can also "scale down" and shoot .454 Casull and .45 Long Colt for lighter work and plinking.
Here's my Ruger Super Blackhawk Hunter. When I bought it, I could have bought just about anything I wanted. It's all in what you prefer. I've had many other revolvers in the past, and this is the platform I like best. It's a 44 Mag, ammo and components are abundant.
you could look at the larger calibers, but finding ammo for them might be a problem. the 44 mag. ammo is easier to find. as for the single action or double action, thats your choice. most revolver shooter usually pull the hammer back even on double actions, for better accuracy. less chance of pulling the sights off target when pulling the trigger. if you reload you are able to work loads for your gun. good luck. as far as for what make of revolver i like ruger. redhawk or blackhawk, you cant go wrong.
I would say a Colt Anaconda if looking for a used gun would be my choice. If getting a new revolver a Smith would be my choice of a wheel gun. If your going to put a scope on it the Rugers are better designed for that.
Smith & Wesson has some pretty sweet performance packages that would be nice handguns as well. I doubt they could be had under 1k though; can't say for sure though.
I have owned a couple of 629's with 8 3/8" barrels in .44 mag that would hit pop cans at 100 yards from the bench about every time open sights. Nice triggers on the Smiths too.
I would get a used S&W 500. They are a lot of fun to shoot. If you are worried about ammo cost then I would get a 44 Mag. I have the Ruger Redhawk and my brother has the S&W 629. Both shoot great, but if you were planning on putting a scope on I would go with the Ruger.