We're going to be moving from the desert up to the trees in the near future, and it's got me thinking about what would be the best direction to go with handgun caliber/ammo. I'm looking at not just two-legged predators, but possible encounters with bear, elk, and mountain lion. I'm thinking about a long-barreled .357, but would you go with ball or HP? I'm worried about HP's penetrating tough hides and bone enough to make a difference. What about stepping up to something like a .44 mag? Tell me what you think.