Hunting, Plinking, or Defense?
I've owned Taurus, S&W, Ruger, H&R, and Cimarron.
Had a Taurus 669 blow up on me, left me with a few confidence issues, but since then I picked up a Taurus 650 CIA stainless hammerless model thats reinstilled my confidence, a great concealed carry gun. I also have a Taurus double action 9 shot model 94 in 22 LR, nice plinker. Loved my S&W 650 stainless, in 45 long colt, although it did get loose over time.
But my favorite is my Ruger GP 100 4" I'll never sell - I've owned it longer than any other handgun I have. Its my favorite "pack gun" and I've taken a few Javelina with it. Its also one of my first choice go to guns for home defense with 38 +p+ frangible rounds. Hogue monogrip, and v notch factory site kit.
But, I also love Ruger's Single Action builds, especially for hunting or target shooting. I've taken Mulie and Elk with my Bisley Blackhawk 45 Long Colt.
I don't shoot my 45 as much with ammo costs and all.
My favorite plinker of all time was my Ruger Convertible Single Six in 22LR 22WMR - interchangable cylinders.. They also make a 45LC / 45 ACP model, and I think they still make the 9mm / .357 .38
version. They also have a couple of new guns, a Single 10 .22 LR and a Single 9 22WMR