For half of all shooters, the 357 Magnum is the most powerful handgun in their world, because they can't handle well anything more powerful. A 16 inch bore ship's deck gun with a handgrip stuck on it is still the powerhouse around here, but if a person finds it a bit much, then it may as well not exist, and many already say it does not! The new 500 S&W has even the most hairy-knuckled of us crying for a downloading of it, for any multiple shot sessions! A necessary service was thusly performed by S&W in bringing out the near-ultimate handgun, which has shown us the true value of blustering. Personally, I find that width/size of bullet requires too much power to establish sufficient velocity for decent trajectory past dense woods hunting distances. But if that is what it is to be used for, sure, why not have the best brush bucking handgun ever invented? This is talking 44 Magnum power levels, which with the muzzle brake aren't much worse than a 357, for a pleasing (and surprising) full circle on that one! Regards, Larry.