My brother-in-law purchased a Smith & Wesson .357 revolver from a friend several years ago, and he only has personal defense ammo for it. His wife wants to learn to shoot, and I promised to take her to the range with me. She wants to bring that gun, which is fine, of course, but I need to find some target ammo for it. I asked my brother-in-law if it shot .38 special rounds, and he said he didn't know if it could, he'd never tried. I thought that most folks shot .38 special target ammo in their .357 magnums because (1) it was cheaper, and (2) there was less recoil on the gun from that caliber. I also understand that you should not use .38 special "+P" unless the gun is somewhat new (made within the past 20 years) because the higher pressure can damage an older gun. Your thoughts and opinions are appreciated! By the way -- I'm not going to start her off on that gun, I will definitely let her work her way up to it, and only until she's shot everything I have!