Many here will argue the 158 rnl bullet because of profile and shape, yet carry a 45 with ball or a 32 acp or 380 with ball because of penetration and not think about it. How many hear ever carry a small 32 acp or 380 and use only ball ammo?
My experience is that ball is recommended when better ammunition doesn't function well in your gun or expanding bullets don't give adequate penetration. Not because it otherwise better or as good as ammunition with expanding bullets.
Since revolvers aren't picky about bullet shape for feeding (for the first charge anyway) there's no reason to carry it loaded with LRN if you can afford something better.