If you want to shoot a .357 Magnum I recommend a steel gun with at least a 4" barrel. I have the LCR in .38. I see no point in the .357 version as I have no desire to fire a loud, flashy, high-recoil round that will barely gain any velocity over a .38+p. To those who want such a weapon, I say go for it. Me, I'm happy having spent less for a lighter gun that fires the same round I'd have probably gone back to anyway even with the magnum version.