The Smith & Wesson Model 19 or it's stainless steel cousin, the Model 66 is still outstanding for a medium weight .357 Magnum for toting in 2 1/2-inch or 4-inch barrel lengths.
I like large .357 Magnums best. They're great for shooting the .357 Magnum cartridge the way it was intended. The L-Frame Smith & Wesson models are so popular and they're great. I'm just not personally a fan of the full-lug and front heavy balance. I have a 6-inch Colt Python but feel the same way about its balance. For hunting or hiking the weight is not an issue with a good belt holster.
Now MCP1810's 4-inch Model 681 acquisition is intriguing. No sights to snag or get out of kilter. Smith & Wesson fixed sight revolvers generally are zeroed pretty well for most loads used. The fixed sight L-Frames are a bit less common than the adjustable sight models. I'd like to have a Model 581 or Model 681 in 4-inch.
This 6-inch Smith & Wesson Model 27 is my very favorite of all.
Our youngest son shown touching off a heavy handload in the Model 27 using a 158 grain bullet such as would be appropriate if the revolver was used for deer hunting.