You've got yourself a rifle that is high on the list of fun! It also represents a thoughtful choice for self defense. I don't have one but several friends who have .357 chambered Winchesters shoot lots of .38 Special with no problems. As a field companion for an afternoon's shooting hike over large acreage your new rifle or a similar Marling Model 1894 couldn't be beat. Especially if you handload for it.