You all probably know by now that I'm rather new to: 1) new guns and 2) the .357 cal. in particular. So please bear with me. I really do appreciate your inputs. My question now is as follows....when you shoot a .22 LR firearm, I've always believed (or was told?) it would be a "bad" thing to fire "longs" or "shorts" in that firearm; possibly causing some sort of damage to the chamber. Right or wrong, following this logic leads me to question the use of .38 cal. length cartridges in my .357. Am I believing just an "ole' wives' tale"? Or just not something to be concerned about with the .357 Ruger? Thanks again folks.