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    Oh yeah. For sure. I have a slip on pad that helps too.

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    This recoil table has proven to be pretty accurate and very useful. A 45-70 loaded to original BP levels is still around 18 ft lbs if recoil in an 1895CB. You can soften that a bit by filling the mag tube but then it is heavier too for bad shoulders.

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

    The .357 might be on the light side for much game but my wife knocked down a few whitetails with her 1894C. A 44 mag with factory ammo is about 2/3 of the 45-70 BP level loads recoil (405 @ 1330). The 45LC can be like a 357 or 44 mag. My 45 is a very light but strong action at about 5lbs. It is almost as much fun to shoot as the 357 but can shoot 300gr loads that rival the 45-70.

    If I were in your situation I would look for a .38-55 or buy a 30-30 I like and have it converted to 38-55.


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    I have a Cowboy II, 24", in .45LC. It's a sweet shooter, with very low recoil, even without using the cowboy loads. My 120 lb. daughters shot it last week, and had no complaints.

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    I really like my Cowboy in 45LC with a 24" barrel. I don't hunt with it, just plink. It just seems to know where I want the bullet to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bgavin View Post
    IMO, the need dictates the gun.

    Hogs and Bear tell me 45-70.
    A bad shoulder tells me 357.

    Looking at the numbers, a light 45-70 250gr load with H335 in a 7.0 lb gun is going to recoil around 16+ ft.lbs.
    Compare this to a 125 grain in 357 at 1+ ft.lbs in a 6.5 pound rifle.

    The 45-70 is well into the range of shotgun recoil.
    My 1895 CB 45-70 firing Winchester superX 300 gn kicks a tad less than my 16 ga. dbl bbl with hot loads just under max. But if you have a shoulder problem it might be too much for ya../ maybe find someone close to ya and let them let you try one out first?
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    Quote Originally Posted by ironhead7544 View Post
    I would go with the 44 Magnum. Load 200 gr cast at 44-40 speeds for practice. Full 240 gr loads for hunting.

    I have a 24" 44 Magnum Cowboy.
    My well used Rossi 92 44 mag. one move of the sight elevator, 44.40 lead to 240 XTP 44 mag.


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