Hey, I'm shopping for my first big (bear protection) handgun. Of course, recoil is a factor, and having never shot anything bigger than a 44 mag, I'm apprehensive about the unknown. Obviously, what I need to do is try out others' guns before buying. But until I get the chance to do that, I have a question.
All I really want is 1400 fps. If I'm going to go up in recoil, I'd rather go up in caliber while staying @ 1400, rather than go up in fps with the same bullet. I'm really really drawn to the 475 Linebaugh, w/380 gr. @ 1400...but I've never shot anything even close to that (like I said, I've only had opportunity to shoot a 44 mag). I'm also thinking of the 454 Casull, w/320 gr., loaded down to 1400 (it's capable of over 1600 w/that bullet). What I'm wondering is how much recoil I can shed by down-loading that casull to 1400? Will it make much of a difference? Or what about loading a Colt w/that bullet up to 1400? would that be better? Or would the felt recoil of those options not be so different than the Linebaugh option? (if so, I'd go w/the Linebaugh).
Any thoughts are appreciated!