Bob, you’re right about the recoil difference between autos and revolvers. The DW .44 that I used with heavy loads in metallic silhouette competition had much more muzzle rise than my AutoMag does.
Single actions are much worse, but they don’t hurt you like full loads in a Smith .44. I can easily fire loads in a SA wheelgun or my AutoMag that would be very unpleasant in my M-29. The DW with rubber grips was no problem. Maybe it’s my small hands or my low tolerance for death, but I’ll take light-to-moderate loads in the Smith, thank you very much.