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    45 Colt Carbine Recoil

    I don't want to derail the other .45 Colt carbine thread so started this one.

    My wife owns and loves a stainless Ruger New Vaquero (small frame) in .45 Colt. Today I was admiring a stainless Rossi M92 in the LGS and thinking it would make a nice companion for her six gun and her birthday is fast approaching.

    My only concern is recoil - my wife can shoot my .357 Rossi all day without discomfort but finds a Win 30-30 brutal. She flipped me the bird when I asked her if she wanted to shot my 45-70.

    Does anyone have both .45 and .357 carbines? How does the recoil compare? Keep in mind the Vaquero is limited to loads safe for a Colt or S&W, so we won't be pushing it.

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    I can't say I have fired a carbine, but .45 Colt is a softer shooter than .357 mag in any of the pistols I have fired in both calibers. Not by a ton, but noticeable side by side.
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    I've owned several of both over the years. As long as you stick to factory loads that are standard pressure she'll probably prefer it to the .357. When I was using them I was primarily using them for southern whitetails in the woods. I very much preferred the heavy loaded .45 for that task. I too have always liked having the same cartridges in pistol and carbines for some uses.
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    Thanks. Her New Vaquero isn't made for heavy loads, so I would stick with the standard 250 gr RNFP over 8 grains of Unique or a bit less Universal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyLate View Post
    I don't want to derail the other .45 Colt carbine thread so started this one.

    My wife owns and loves a stainless Ruger New Vaquero (small frame) in .45 Colt. Today I was admiring a stainless Rossi M92 in the LGS and thinking it would make a nice companion for her six gun and her birthday is fast approaching.

    My only concern is recoil - my wife can shoot my .357 Rossi all day without discomfort but finds a Win 30-30 brutal. She flipped me the bird when I asked her if she wanted to shot my 45-70.

    Does anyone have both .45 and .357 carbines? How does the recoil compare? Keep in mind the Vaquero is limited to loads safe for a Colt or S&W, so we won't be pushing it.

    Thanks
    Andy

    I had the opportunity to run a .45/.454 lever carbine one day and quite enjoyed it. The .454 Casull loads were not bad at all, either. I'm sure with the proper .45 Colt loading, for her, it would be quite manageable, not to mention enjoyable.

    Keith

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    I just bought a 45 colt Winchester 94. Recoil is negligible. Maybe like a .30 cal M1 carbine?

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