6" barrel is a good compromise between carry and hunting use. Tha 44 is great, but the .357 is adequate too for your needs. Glock 10mm is a good suggestion as well, but true 10mm powered ammo isn't cheap. Most is loaded to .40 S&W levels, which isn't too bad. To be honest, a good 4"-6" .357 is hard to beat due to the low cost of ammo and the factory load selection offering rounds suited to everything from cottontails to bear and hog. Plus, the guns are lighter in weight and plentiful. The used gun market is heavy with 357 revolvers. That's my two cents.
But for the grace of God, there, I go.