There is not a great deal of recoil difference between a standard factory 45-70 300 gr HP load and a standard factory 240 gr 444 load. Both will up the recoil a lot with a super performance load in 265 gr in the 444 or heavier loads in the 45-70. Ammo choice is the key. A 444 person here, would wait on the 444 and use standard Remington 444 240 gr loads. The standard velocity 300 gr load in the 45-70 is no joke, and is a better deer load than the standard Remington 444 load to be honest. Have used both.