In a K-Frame with a 4" barrel...
What have you had better experiences with? I'm looking for a soft-point round that I can carry in the woods for use against hogs, cats, etc. (hopefully never a bear). Bigger bears are not a concern here in NC.
I'd be tempted to carry 180 grain rounds, but I would also want to practice with them. I have always used 158 grain loads for practice. I haven't noticed a tremendous recoil difference myself in the 158 vs. 180. I suppose the 180 would be a lot more likely to overpenetrate.
Talking about soft-points here.