Interesting article. I have 5 different revolvers in 357. The strangest thing for me is my magnaported Ruger SP101 is easier to shoot than my N frame model 28. Go figure. Nothing timed but the perception is less recoil with SP101.
I can only assume the porting over comes the weight disadvantage and possibly the way the grips fit into my hand.
357 magnum out of a larger revolver or something that’s not a 2 inch barrel is actually OK if you’re not shooting it all day. A four or longer inch barrel I don’t really notice anything in terms of how well I shoot. Of course after shooting 200 rounds my hands will start to get sore. But under what situations would you be shooting that much out of a 357 magnum revolver?
Now that being said I have shot 44 magnum out of a shorter Ruger vaquero at the Arizona game and Fish expo. I hated it. It was uncomfortable immediately, not pleasant at all, and if I ever bought that caliber I get a very heavy gun
The report of a .357 is something to think about, more than recoil. .44 Mag doesn’t hurt your ears near as much as the higher pitch of .357. When you really need it, you may not have your ear pro handy. The trick to shooting Super Blackhawks and Vaqueros with magnum loads is to put the pinky finger under the grip. That pulls the knuckle of the middle finger down, away from the trigger guard. Put all your fingers on the grip and that knuckle will be pounded with every shot. It is unpleasant, but probably won’t cause bleeding.
Only hits count. Most gun use involves only 1 to 3 rounds being fired. Put those two facts together and a heavy revolver works just fine for self defense, other than the need to lug around a heavy revolver.
A smaller lighter short-barreled revolver is harder to shoot accurately than a nice heavy long-barreled revolver. And the smaller one kicks more. I don’t think anyone will argue with those statements.
A 3″ S&W 630 seems to be a good compromise. I like mine.
@mikee, some years ago, there was a column I used to read on some blog by “Col Dan”. He packed a .45 Colt revolver of which he wrote about carrying, “It may not be comfortable, but it sure is comforting.”