It cracks me up when people continually say that you lose all the velocity of a magnum with a short barrel. Admittedly, a snub nose revolver is not efficient, you do still maintain about 400-500 fps velocity over a corresponding special load in 357 or 44. In my mind that makes it just fine. A 180 grain magnum JHP will still be travelling @ around 1200 FPS from a 2 1/2" barrel VS 700 or so from a 44 special.
Yes it kicks, the question is; Are you up to the task? Me? I love the big boomers.
My rifle and pistol are tools, I am the weapon.