Re: OMG pistol ammo prices.
My policy since I was 12yo has been - if it doesn't automatically eject the fired casing, reloading is the way to go.
I've loaded up countless thousands of rounds of .357mag over the years - one cartridge at a time on a RCBS Jr that my uncle gave me the summer I turned 12yo. Not to mention all the .44mag, .38spl, .44spl, .32-20, .45-70, and many other cartridges for my and my family's manually operated guns.
.357mag has been overpriced for a long time. It only costs a penny or so worth of brass versus .38spl to make the casing, and maybe a couple pennies worth of powder over a .38spl. Bullets and primers cost the same for 357 versus 38. But .357mag ammo is substantially more expensive from the store.
If you have to track your game, then you aren't using a big enuff gun.