I had a nickle 3" S & W Chief years ago and wish I had never sold it. It was very accurate. I currently have a model 60 that is not so accurate.....as far as 357 vs. 38 Sp......go with the 38 Sp and the FBI load....it is a +P all lead load that was actually developed by the Dallas Police Department. That round has never failed to stop when you had to use the them.....357 is pretty much useless out of a 3" bbl....plenty of fireball which translates into useless increase in speed but spectacular fireballs and if used at night will blind you.....the only argument for 357 would be if that was the only ammunition you could find.....but if you handload or stayed ahead of the demand you are ok.Thanks to all the members who gave their opinion on my Yay or Nay post that being said please indulge me one more time. That ruger or this Smith and Wesson model 36 Chiefs Special?? 3 inch barrel in 38spc of course guys asking 550 but I can get him down to 500. Yes the ruger is a 357/38 and this is only a 38spc and that wouldn't be a deal breaker for me.
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