Natman, The .22 magnum out of my 3" Taurus tumbles in most cases at point blank range in ballistic gel. So its terminal ballistics are quite good. Ps I like the 38 special to. I am just more partial to my 22 mag because of my test at close range. You should embrace the caliber Sir., it will save you money
. I say this with the utmost respect by the way. I love defending the .22 wmr, and believe me I have had lots of practice because there are many opposed to the round.