What would you choose? Either a 44 special snub or a 45 acp 1911?
Ive shot calibers all the way up to 44mag and loved all of them, ive never been a pansie when it comes to recoil. I have not shot a 44 special and was wondering what to compare it to...and several people suggested the 45acp. As far as my gut, it's saying slow moving 44 special fat bullet(I know the 45acp is about the same in concept though).Well if you want recoil, pick up an American Derringer light weight (6 or 7 ounces) in .44 special. It sounds like a very abusive handgun. Or maybe a scandium Smith in .44 mag. would hit you hard enough. :devilsidesmile:
Seriously the Charter may kick more, and will try to roll in your hand so it may feel like more. I never thought of a .45 ACP as hard kicking. Another advantage of a 1911 is the ability to put a .22 conversion unit on it for cheap practice. But as you just want a fun gun that won't matter. What does your gut say to buy? Flip a coin with heads being one gun and tails the other. If your disappointed with the result buy the other gun.
Take Care and Stay Safe
I have been pondering on a Taurus Raging Bull 454 casull but my wallet says different. The Charter Arms or High Standard or RIA is closter to my price range.Ruger Super Redhawk 454 Alaskan. But only if you are serious about recoil not being a problem. Also shoots 45 Colt (cheaper and less recoil). Posted as FUN gun. not practical for most HD situations.
If I thought Bears were an issue, I would opt for a .460, .454, or even a .44 MAG-- .44 Special would not be my choice any more than a .45ACP would be--My vote goes for the 45 ACP...unless your in the woods and
bears are a threat 8)