I never understood why someone would want a rifle in a pistol caliber. Then one day about five years ago I was looking through the used gun section at the Cabella's in Fort Worth, continuing my still unsatisfied search for the "right" Marlin in .35 Remington, when I picked up a Marlin 1894 lever action with the 16 1/2" factory ported barrel. The gun just felt so good in my hands that I had to take it home. Okay, .44 mag with heavy loads . . . I can justify a rifle for that.
Then a couple of weeks ago I saw a stainless steel .357 Ruger 77/357 in my lgs for about $400.00 (used). I STILL don't know what the advantage of a rifle in .357 would be over a "real" rifle caliber, but I tell you, that little Ruger sure was a nice gun, and I was tempted. If I'd been more flush that day . . . . sigh, but the pockets were a little flat and I passed. Sure was a good feelin' gun though.