This revolver came in for the upcoming Concealed Carry magazine article about the Rhino revolver family. It’s an interesting weapon that showed significantly better accuracy than expected of snubbies and rather mild felt recoil even with .357 ammunition. Being double action only, it is optimized for the double action pull without a concern for rendering single action too light for safety.
All that said, .357Magnum is still a hot round. I have a friend whose hands and arms took too much damage in accidents and left her with much recoil sensitivity. She’s also unable to hold up heavy guns, so her preferred carry arms are a Keltec PMR30 and a 3″ S&W Model 65. I am curious to see if the Rhino would solve some of the issues with recoil. The low barrel placement and soft grips should help.
I am having a friend hand-load two different 110gr jacketed hollow points. I also got a box of Magtech 38Spl 95gr all-copper ammo to go with the all-copper Federal .357 rounds. I was going to link to the Lucky Gunner listing for it since they supplied the Magtech box for use as a photo prop…but all of what was on their 38Spl page sold out already.
In any case, the theory behind all-copper bullets is higher muzzle velocity and controlled expansion — and my practice with .44Special, .458SOCOM and .223 bullets bore this out. These loads are rated at 1400fps (357) and 1080fps (38), the latter from a 4″ barrel, the former presumably from a 6″. In a 2″ snubbie, 1000fps would be likely — slow enough to keep the recoil and noise down but fast to enough to expand the copper projectile. The main down side to copper bullets is higher price than for lead, but these days the difference isn’t all that much. With a fixed sight gun, the real test is to see how close to the point of aim the lighter bullet will shoot.