The 45-120 This Black Powder Cartridge may well be the most versatile and powerful 45 caliber black powder cartridge ever made. If hunting is your interest, this cartridge can deliver nearly one and a half tons of muzzel energy. If your interest is sport or fun shooting, the cartridge can be loaded down to give hours of shooting fun for almost anyone. When combined with one of the great breech loaders like the 1874 Sharps, the 3 1/4 inch long case can make for some great fun. Just to show and display this combination can bring out some fun conversation.
Hunting can include a 500 grain bullet at 1280 fps or kick it up to 1500 fps with a 560 grain bullet.
The book also covers many other aspects in reloading and shooting the 45-120, including the challenges faced in bullet seating in this long case.
Recoil from the 45-120 is moderate in the hunting field and I personally don't find it a problem. I never found the recoil to be anywhere near some of the story's about it.