<---------------------I'm trying to spend around 500-550, so a used gun is probably what I'll be looking for.
I want something that can handle a steady stream of 357, not just 38 specials w/ the occasional 357 round. I haven't owned a revolver (I typically carry an XD), but I like the simplicity and reliability of revolvers and the punch of the 357, especially when out in the hills.
What are your recommendations??
You state that you haven't owned a revolver and I'm thinking that maybe after trying that "steady stream of 357" you might reconsider your ratio of 38 to 357 for practice. That being said, those who have suggested the Model 19 have made a good suggestion. Mine gets mostly 38s for practice and 357 for the woods.