Great gun, but
Let's face facts. For a "steady diet" 38 Special is a lot more fun to shoot than 357 Magnum. 357 is doable, but expensive and punishing.
38 Specials in a nice big gun like this feel almost like 22s. Accurate and easy to shoot. Just nice.
If the size isn't an issue, get the 6" barrel, and never look back.