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JSpin
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.

thanks!

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

http://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm

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.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
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.

damon1272
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.