357 is a lot of bang in your pocket. Here is my take on it; Snubs are fantastic self defense weapons. They are classic design that have been utilized for ages by lawmen, business men, crooks and housewives alike. They do carry well in your pocket or any where else for that matter.
But, our generation has all but forgotten the snub in favor of the semi auto. We have snubbed the snub. So, it will take some retraining and planning to get yourself used to reloads and general marksmenship with a snub. They are a whole new animal for the shooter that has grown up on semi autos. I have spent this past summer really learning my 442. Its been a chore, but very rewarding.
Anyway, if you are willing to accept that a snub is going to take a new level of commitment to learn, they can be a fantastic investment. A 357 in a pocket size gun is going to amplify your shortcomings as a shooter. My 38 certainly did. But now, my 442 is my go to deep concealment gun.