357 Mag. is a weapon intended for the extra power which it contains. If the shooter does not need the extra 357 power then 38's will do the job. A 6 inch barrel is necessary to allow the powder to burn in, in order to creat the gases sufficient to push the bullet to 357 Mag. specs. Shorter barrels are a waste of powder. Handling and shooting your handgun is a necessary process in order for someone to get confortable and confident with it. I hunt wild hogs from time to time with mine and enjoy the power and penetration of the 357 Mag. I have never shot a hog with the 357 Mag that did not expire quickly. There is my 2 cents worth.
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