Just found this where one blew up on a girl shooting .357s...
Blew up my 340PD... - Northeastshooters.com
And another one cracking...
The Gun Zone -- S&W Model 340PD
I was very much considering one of these, and just stumbled across these links while researching. I also read somewhere that there were certain problems concerning cleaning and shooting lead with the titanium cylinder -- I had never heard of that.
Also quoted at the bottom of the above gunzone link:
"ALL SCANDIUM REVOLVERS FIRING MAGNUM AMMUNITION
WARNING: DO NOT USE MAGNUM® LOADINGS WITH BULLET WEIGHTS OF LESS THAN 120 GR. THIS WILL REDUCE THE POSSIBILITY OF PREMATURE CYLINDER EROSION."
I'd never heard that either...
I'm almost having second thoughts now about this gun, but I suppose there are isolated stories/problems with every gun/brand out there.
And yes, I'm very aware of the terrible recoil with the 340s!