I am fairly new to revolvers and my first was a stainless 6" gp100. I've always wanted a .357 revolver and after years of putting it off I finally have one. Now I'm a fairly large dude and have found shooting this thing is really not all that bad, even one handed or off hand. So control is not the issue for me... And it is now occupying my fast open pistol safe for "just in case". My problem started today in the mountains. I was experimenting with different rounds (.38sp and some defense and hunting .357 mag), when I thought to myself, "what is this thing going to be like without ear protection?". So off the hear protection goes and in goes a .38sp. I fired it and to me is sounded about like my 9mm. No big deal, I grew up without hear protection (or eye for that matter) but wear it religiously now. The .357 mag however (basic Blazer target stuff) darn near deafened me; my ears rang for a few minutes! I have shot and SKS round without protection by accident once and it rang my bell, but nothing like that .357... So that was out in the woods. I know if I'm using it for protection that my adrenalin will help me but I'm now a bit worried what it will do to my wife and daughters hearing after firing that thing in an enclosed space. I guess I am going to a low recoil .38sp now? Any suggestions on a brand that is not as "loud"? I'm not worried about the loss of power, 6 of anything is more then I need. Or should I just put this one in the back of the safe for hunting season and stick with my 9mm for home defense?