The .357 magnum revolver is a single action, fixed-cylinder revolver. It has an average firing rate, but makes up for it with a somewhat powerful damage output. Its fixed cylinder is reloaded by hand one round at a time, as such it can be interrupted mid-way through reloading and fired if needed.
The iron sights are low to the gun with hardly any protrusion, and thus are suited more to close-range combat. The .357 cannot jam, making it a reliable weapon. It is considered an improved holdout weapon, and can be concealed and taken into weapon-free locations with 50 or greater sneakskill. The .357 magnum revolver can be an effective weapon in earlier levels as there is an abundance of .357 magnum rounds as well as the weapon itself.
The .357 magnum revolver is visually represented as a somewhat worn, medium-gray revolver. While the action and barrel are constructed of steel or iron, the grip appears to be carved from an antler. Some two hundred years ago this was likely a fine, highly performing weapon, but years of elemental and human abuse have eroded the pistol, leaving it a weathered, though still serviceable revolver.
The .357 magnum revolver can fire a total of about 995 standard rounds, the equivalent of 166 reloads, from full condition before breaking. When modded with the heavy duty cylinder, it can fire a total of about 1495 standard rounds, the equivalent of 250 reloads, from full condition before breaking.
pcps3xbox360 If loading a saved game from the main menu in which you have the .357 magnum revolver equipped and drawn, the reload animation takes twice as long as normal. This can be solved by simply switching to another gun and then back again. [verified]
ps3xbox360 Occasionally when using the .357 magnum in V.A.T.S. you will stand still and do nothing. [verified]
xbox360 If Ammo type is changed to a type of ammunition that you have less than 6 of and the ammunition type loaded before you changed had 6 loaded then the player will continue to play the reload animation forever. [verified]