quote from farmboy:
I really think that "flame cutting" business was made into a bigger deal than it really was.
It was and everyone knows it. Ruger's redesign of the Blackhawk didn't work and S&W (at the time) wasn't going to build a long-frame revolver. Certain writers that claimed the round did almost everything up to blowing the gun apart didn't help. IHMSA even created a maximum (excuse the pun) weight rule to kill it off then put the nail in the coffin by legalizing the nearly hand-made Freedom Arms and effectively closed the doors to new shooters who couldn't afford a $1500-$2500 revolver.
The .357 Maximum comes very close to putting .35 Remington performance in a revolver without nearly the recoil.