Hey uglydog, How's things? I'm aware of it's origin and availability of ammo. I'm hoping I can find someone other than the few I've come across that shoot it, to get some other opinions on performance on game. Don't know if you're aware of mike Bellm or not but he's very knowledgeable on the T/C guns, and I think that is where the majority (few as there may be) of the .357 max shooters are found. T/C has had some quality control issues keeping their chambers/throats on center in the barrels. There are some calibers that, even though one may be off center, by simply lengthening the chamber you can re-cut to a longer one and save the bad barrel. Greatly improving performance and accuracy. The .357 magnum being one of the most popular to do this with. A .357 magnum or .454 casull found to be off center can be re-cut to .357 maximum or .460 S&W. there are some others but I'm not that hip with what's going on. A visit to Bellm's site can get one set in the right direction. He's got a mailing list I've recently joined and really have been enjoying. I like the idea of the .357 max as it brings a lot to the table for someone like myself, who lives in a shotgun only zone. We are also allowed to hunt with a handgun, and I have the T/C pistol in .308. However I've been told that some states are only allowing straight walled cartidges when handgun hunting. Which would eliminate my .308 from the picture, if I travel to one of those states or my home state ever decided to change the law. Also the .357 maximum is one of the easiest cartridges to re-load for. So someone like myself just looking to get started in re-loading, will have an easier and safer time doing so. If I remember right, the .357 max can push a 180 gr. bullet somewhere around 1900 fps? And for a handgun it's pretty sweet shooting I'm told....... So what was it that did not impress you? Was it just in comparison to other existing cartridges? Which gun did you shoot? Thanks.