Re: Help Buying A Handgun
If single shot is out... then that leaves a revolver for hunting.
I would check out their site & also google a caliber of revolver to get an idea
of prices of various makes available. Colt, S&W wheel guns are going to cost
more than $500 new, but sometimes you can find a deal on a used one.
If you can find an old Dan Wesson, you can probably get it for around that
price. They are usually very accurate. Rugers are good too. Never been a fan
of Taurus myself, so I'd say avoid those.
As far as caliber, .44 Mag would be best, you can shoot .44 Spec for lower
power practice. .357, I'd say would be minimum & you can practice with
.38 spec. As far as length for hunting, I'd say 6" minimum & 8" is best...
which pretty much rules it out as a "carry gun" particularly with a scope.
As far as a scope, I'd strongly consider a red dot site. Your not going to take long shots with a pistol, so magnification isn't very useful. A red dot
like a "Burris fast fire" is smaller & quicker.
Obviously, these are MY opinions, but hopefully they help.