Re: .357 vs 38+ ammo makes a huge difference
148 Flush seated wads; aprox $60 a case of 500. In a 2" gun, magnum=loud, no more, since the barrel is too short for the powder to burn.
The wadcutters are loaded with faster powder, resulting in less muzzle flash/ blast, lower recoil (less powder), and, generally, a more pleasant experience.
As a side note, they are as effective, maybe moreso, as a defensive round, in a short barrel, as any of the hot loads designed for a 6 incher; while energy is down, you get a total dump into the target!
Don't start no s**t and there won't be none, Terry