I suggest 148gr wadcutters as the first type of round shot by the newbbie through a 38 snubbie. They are lower recoil than any other load. Doesn't matter the brand, but they have to be that load. I too can shoot a semi-auto more accurately (generally), no argument there Also, you can get different grips, bigger, longer, to make a snubbie have less felt recoil, if you want to. Switching to a semi-auto is fine. Whatever works and is reliable and the shooter likes for his or her purposes. No argument there either I just don't agree with those who would suggest that no woman consider a snubbie for a carry gun. Snubbies are great guns and should be considered along with the semi-autos. They may not be picked always, but sometimes they are the perfect solution and fit.