I've shot a T/C 45-70 pistol and the recoil is " lively " to say the least. The grip frame on them is not the best as far as I'm concerned to handle heavy recoil. The grip frames on the larger single actions, Freedom Arms, BFR, and the Reeder custom revolvers, to me are far better for my hands than the T/C. Any way you look at it, from .454s and .500s, they really can boot you hard with their loads. I load my .500 Wyoming Express down to very comfortable levels for practice and medium game, i.e., hogs and deer, The heavy Grizzly factory loads are best saved for big toothy critters that may put you on their menu, or the occasional T-Rex that may wander into the back yard. They are fun for me to shoot, but I always wear a shooting glove and limit the full house rounds for practice. Then I shoot a .22 revolver to fool my mind after a session with the big bores.