Up until yesterday my all-around self defense handgun was my Smith and Wesson Model 28-2 6" in .357 Magnum. Well, yesterday I was at the indoor shooting range by myself. I loaded up my self defense .357 load for practice: Winchester Silvertip. A relatively mild load for .357 that still keeps it's well earned reputation for power. I had my ear plugs around my neck, and completely forgot to put them in. I shot the first round and immediately noticed. It felt as if someone just slammed two metal pans against my ears with icepicks attached to them. Very disorienting. It hurt. Didn't cause much ringing or noticeable damage, but it got me thinking... If I hear a noise during the night and it wakes me up, I grab my Model 28. If someone was actually in my house and I had to defend myself against them, I think the incredible noise and blast of the .357 Magnum would put me at quite a disadvantage to get rounds off quickly and accurately. I'd already be pretty dazed having just woken up in the middle of the night, and the disorienting noise and blast of the Magnum would not be good. I know a large caliber, low pressure cartridge would still be loud, but .357 Magnum has a certain high pitched "crack" that isn't very comfortable. Bottom line, I'm wanting to switch to a low pressure, big bore double action revolver in a caliber well known for good stopping power. I want it to be reliable and last a lifetime. Anything calibers and/or revolvers come to mind?