Re: Rifle easier to find than .357
The GP100 is about the heaviest of 'em out there, Ruger makes very beefy revolvers. For certain give it a serious consideration especially for taming recoil, it's a fine piece of machinery.
38's are a great way to work up to the .357 which is no slouch by any means, don't feel bad about getting a little bite from it. It's a powerhouse as far as pistols are concerned.
Some Hogue grips on it (or any other revolver for that matter) will help keep a handle on that sucker while shooting, very good priced and much better than the stock grips.
"Loud noises don't end gunfights.... well placed shots do."