It don't sound as though you're hurting too bad with the 1886 you have. The problem you have in that country is you don't have enough wind to develop the need to lead them elk at 50 yards from the side draft with only 400 grain slugs.
I understand the problem with the need to keep the wife, as I have one of them problems myself. I love the one I have, and don't want to be trained by another. This one tolerates most of what I do with little more than a snide remark or sideways glance. The 86's won't rust away and someone will be looking to part with one that's a shooter.
And, obviously, JMBrowning did design the finest. Without question! "Pistols can roughly be divided into catagories; those designed by JMB and others. Those that work, and others." Yep. So can rifles, with the single exception of Paul Mauser.