Thanks for the replies. When I ordered my barrel from MGM I gave thought to the 357 Maximum. Since I already load for the 357 and have much ammo on hand I decided to just keep it standard. I have a 12" 44 barrel should I want more power.
Unfortunately no recovery. I planned on going through the gut pile after I took my deer in, as I had to come back to pick up my hunting partner. On my way back he texted me to say he was done. It had rained and now was almost a whiteout with snow, and the field was really muddy so I picked him up and got out.