Well, after some thought, I think I'm going to make my first handgun a Contender, as opposed to the Ruger SRH that I was eyeing up. The Contender just seems like a better fit for me, a little more my style. Question is, what barrel to go with. I'm considering just picking up a G2 frame, sending it to SSK and have them glitz it up (barrel, grips, triger, and TSOB). Now, for a cartridge, I'm really looking at the JDJ's. I'm partial to the 6.5, but the thought of bigger and better things is catching my eye( 9.3 JDJ or the 375 JDJ). Out of the big guns, the 9.3 is probably what I would go with. So, my question for the Handgunners is, any experiences or thoughts? Should I go with the Contender or should I look more at the Encore*(caveat being that I am buying this for use as a handgun, I already have plenty of long guns)? Also, for cartridges, I want horsepower( I know I know, these are guns not cars), would I be disappointed in the 6.5 JDJ?