was a heavy kicker and not that pleasant to shoot.
"Pleasant to shoot" is sort of a misnomer to me. My Super Blackhawk loaded with a 240 gr. JHP at 1400 fps kicks very well, but is not at all unpleasant to shoot. It rolls back in my hand, sort of tries to leave my supporting hand, and climbs near vertical with muzzle uppermost. And the target reacts in the nicest way. And this gun is indeed a pleasure to shoot.
On the other hand, a .45-70 cracks my knuckles, slams into the web of my hand and is not pleasant to shoot.
Definitions of "pleasant to shoot" differ.