I, also, find the recoil of the 454 a bit much. I have a friend with a 454 SRH with the long barrel. Its the only 454 gun I could shoot well. Not knocking the 454. It just ain't for me. After shooting the 480, I knew I had found something I could like. Likely I will never shoot full power 475s,.. well maybe a few to say that I did...I found full power 454 with 300gr cast uncomfortable for me. The 270gr wasn't bad. I never shot Jacketed in either one. I only have one revolver a Ruger SBH that I shoot jacketed magnum loads. I've got several S&Ws that shoot nothing but cast and mostly wadcutters.
I have taken several deer at less than 1000fps with cast and one with M25 45Colt with wadcutter at 750fps. Wouldn't do that purposely but took the wrong case with wrong gun & ammo. At 30yds it doesn't make much difference.
Yea, I'm shopping for leather. Have seen a few that I like. Got my first loads worked up now. Bottom of the chart H110 loads. I was out of 4227, which is what I planned to use. I'll post as I find things that are working out.It's always nice to find the right combination of gun and cartridge that works best for your needs, and it sounds like you've done just that. Not too much but plenty of useful power in a package that looks great and feels good in the hand. I'm betting there is a really nice holster in the works, or there will be soon. Feel free to share your load data in the reloading section, I doubt you're the only guy with one of those big-bullet blasters! :bandit: