When it comes to wilderness travel, size—or, more specifically, weight—matters. A large-framed .357 Magnum or a .44 Magnum gets very heavy after a long day in the woods. A few ounces here and there really do make a difference. Will a 4-inch barrel do the job, or do you really need a 6-inch barrel?
When I chose my XD-S, size and weight were considerations. I like the .45 ACP round, but a fullsized 1911 adds weight to the overall carry.
Think about the ammo you will need to carry. The rounds for a .22 take up much less room and weight than do those of a .45. So, if you don’t need the .45, don’t take it. Believe me, after 12 years in the military and a lifetime traveling through the woods after deer and grouse, I know that every little bit of weight matters.
Consider all your options when deciding on the right wilderness carry for you.
The XD-S with Blackhawk holster for belt carry. Federal Premium HST is great self-defense ammo.