I'm 66 years old. I bought my first rifle at Sears & Roebuck when I was 6 years old. I am a semi-retired gunsmith. I successfully hunt feral hogs, black bear and white tailed deer with .41 Mag, .44 Mag and ,45 Colt revolvers.
S&W revolvers are smoother than Ruger revolvers. S&W revolvers are more fragile than Ruger revolvers. Although beauty is in the eye of the beholder, S&W revolvers are prettier than Ruger revolvers.
Ruger revolvers are available in single action as well as double action. Personally, I have no real use for a large bore DA revolver (even though I do own some). Ruger revolvers are massively strong, much stronger than S&W revolvers. The loads I use for feral hogs will quickly destroy a S&W N frame revolver. Ruger Single action big bore revolvers are relatively light (this makes a big difference at the end of the day).
I use Ruger Blackhawk and Super Blackhawk revolvers for hunting.
Now, go and ask the 'old guys' where you live in Alaska which revolver they prefer. I'll bet they tell you to get a short barreled shotgun or a .30-30/.35 lever action rifle for 'bear protection'.