View Full Version : lever action owner, recoil report please

11-26-2011, 11:24 PM
i'm thinking about picking up a lever action for a fun gun, but am torn over which caliber. my dad has a rossi in .38/.357 and its a *****cat even with hotter .357 loads. can some of you lever owners comment on the recoil of the .44mag, .45 LC, and .45-70? 12 gauge bird loads would be a good comparison.

.45-70 wins for the bad *** factor, but probably not so much in the fun department, so i'm leaning towards .44mag or .45 LC. I plan to start reloading sometime this coming year, but am not setup to do so currently.


11-26-2011, 11:47 PM
The Chuck Hawks website has a nice computed recoil page available here:


The pistol calibers aren't listed on the table but you can estimate the bullet energy and the recoil velocity of the rifle fairly simply, you can then compare that too a caliber that you are more familiar with, e.g. 30-06, 223, 30-30, etc.

11-27-2011, 12:41 AM
.45 Colt is downright pleasant when shooting "cowboy" loads - but even full power loads aren't very hard to deal with. I'd say that even in the lighter Rossi (I switch between the Rossi and a Marlin 1894CB), full power loads feel a little lighter than firing #7 loads in a Remington 870. I could fire them all day... if only someone else was picking up the ammo tab.

11-27-2011, 3:07 AM
45/70 loads aren't too bad as most are loaded pretty low on the power scale. Now shooting winchester 300 grn hunting loads for modern 45/70's from the bench will ring your bell after a few shots. If shooting from a field position it is not too bad.