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How does this compare to the recoil of a .454 ?I have had two Tuarus RB revolvers in .454 and they were shootable for me but about my limit because of the blast and wrenching recoil.Now I'm thinking of a .460 XVR S&W. How would it compare ?
 

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The recoil of the RB in .454 is less than my .44 mag. Ruger Super Black Hawk. I`ve never shot a .460, but do have a .500 and it does have considerable more recoil. It comes up and back alot more, but I have a video clip of a little girl, less than 110 lbs., shooting my .500 with 440 gn. bullets loaded to the max. She fired it 2 times, and this was the first day she had ever fired any handgun. She did start smaller though, with a 629 S&W .44 mag. and worked her way up.
 

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I think my 460, 7 1/2" has less perceived recoil than my 629, 6 1/2", 44 mag. The 44 has a more violent or maybe I should call it sharper type of recoil than the 460. The 460 actually feels smoother. It just seems to push your hands back rather than try to jump out of your hands.

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I recently traded my 8 3/8" ported Raging Bull 454 in on a 12" unported S&W PC Hunter 460 and will use it to hunt whitetails here in the open farm country of southwest Minnesota. I shoot Hornady 240 gr. XTP/HP MAG bullets in both calibers. I use 35 gr. of H110 in the 454 loads and 46 gr. of H110 in the 460 loads. To answer the original question, the 460 loads recoil a bit more than the 454 loads. However the larger X frame S&W makes the 460 recoil very managable. The 454 loads were bordering on painful in the Raging Bull, but are a piece of cake in the 460. Shooting 45 Colt loads in the 460 is almost like shooting a 22LR - little thrill at all. Getting rid of the ports was great - much less noise!
 

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im not a 460 fan or for that matter even a 454 fan but ill add this. If you can master a full power 44 mag you can master the big guns if you SHOOT THEM ALOT. When you get into the rounds like the 454 460 475 and various 500s your to the point that they all kick and will take more effort to master and if recoil is a deciding factor in which one you choose your probably better off sticking with rounds in the 44 mag class. With a proper load and a proper hit they will kill anything. The big guns are for a more dedicated shooter. They about demand you handload and even cast your own bullets to be able to shoot them enough to master them. Your much better off in the field with a 44 you can shoot then a big gun that you think you can shoot.
 

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Thanks for all the helpfull advice guys,I knew I could count on you for honest feedback. Anyhow I went the other route and bought a slightly used stainless Contender in 7X30 Waters and am looking at a .44 barrel and then a rimfire one.
 

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I have the 7-30 Waters in a 14" Contender barrel, scoped with a Leupold variable EER. It shoots 120 grain Hornady's like they are on a lazer and the recoil (with Pachmyer deceloator grips) is much less than full load 44 magnum's out of my Smith 629 6.5" with a scope. You will love the "seben-thirty".

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Well I dont reload yet so I dont know how the 7x30 will perform.However I have a video "short barrel bucks" and the ones shot with the 7x30 seemed to drop quicker than with the bigger rounds.Of course thats by no means to say it always happens that way.I love to hunt groundhogs too,whats a good caliber for a nonreloader ?
 

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I have a sling on my T\C handgun and I also use a shooting stick. This is a very solid shooting "bench" in the field. last fall I shot a groundhog at 120 yards with my 7-30. The round did not blow 'em up like a ballistic tip would (I used a Hornady 120 grain) but I aimed for the shoulders and that's where it hit....hole in....hole out.

Give it a try.....it is a very accurate round.

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