Now I'll admit first off that I am a newb, so I may just be a little off in my expectations, but I after a long weekend of shooting, I do have an interesting experience that I am curious about. I obtained a Rossi 971 revolver (chambered for 357 magnum, 4" barrel) a few months back, and started off by firing 38 special +P rounds (125 grain Winchester white box stuff from Walmart). They kicked moderately, with a reasonable amount of muzzle blast/flash. I was a bit hesitant for a while to fire a 357 round; however, this past weekend I got a box of 110 grain 357 Winchesters just for kicks, and I was surprised that it had practically no recoil (certainly no muzzle flip). I suppose it was a bit louder (although I thought the 38 was already pretty darned loud), and there wasn't really any more flash IMO. So my question is: given that the 357 is supposed to be a far more powerful cartridge...what the heck???