Being a big, young, healthy guy yourself, I don't think recoil would necessarily be a problem for you. The guns tend to be fairly heavy which soaks up recoil, and if you reload (as you already said you plan to), you can make some very mild rounds as you initially get familiar with the gun. Also, you can buy factory ammo intended for "Cowboy Action Shooting" that are milder than standard loads. (that's one of the pluses of revolvers...you don't have to worry about light loads causing cycling malfunctions)
As for the 357 suggestion with the option to shoot 38's, that's a very good idea, but it's less relevant for people who load their own ammo.
Last edited by idek; December 16, 2012 at 11:06 PM.