For your use, I'd say the .357 would be the more appropriate choice. But I would hunt down a used S&W or Ruger. IMHO, the savings on the Taurus just don't seem worth it. That, and they aren't really the bargain they used to be. Yes, I own a working Taurus 85 UL. Hindsight being 20-20, I would have been better served/happier spending a bit more or finding a used alternative.
FWIW, Stoegers are a very good product. I've come close to buying one several times. I will likely end up with one eventually.
MSgt, USAF, Retired
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