Im new to this group, and was thumbing through and saw your question.
I had to chime in.
The 480 is a wonderful, well though out cartridge. As mentioned, it is amazingly accurate. And Im no pistolero.
Its recoil is very manageable, until you get up to reeeeaaally hot, heavy bullet handloads. Even then, in a scoped SRH, its not that bad.
I hate when people call it a "weak" 475 L. , or a "475special".
This aint no special.
In my Lyman manual, the max listed loads for each cartridge, are about 120-150fps apart. Thats CLOSE fellers!
This aint no factory 44spl vs. 44mag comparison.
The 480 is a serious load.
The two 475s Ive actually seen at the range were either shooting 480s, or mid range 475s. The humor of it all, was the owners were complaining about how the 480 kicked! I doubt they EVER shoot full house 475s.
Why not just buy the 480?
Another thing my SRH, with scope, a box of bullets, and a uncle Mikes holster, cost LESS than a Freedom Arms Linebaugh. (No slam meant, but Im a working man. $$ is $$).
I think alot of magazine writers put the hex on the cartridge, by continuously calling it a "special", or a weak Linebaugh.
D.Metcalf shot a coyote with it, and then took like 5 shots to kill a hog.
Not the kind of article that makes a gun seem powerful.
Anyway, sorry for rambling, but I promote the 480 whenever I can.
Its a good cartridge, that fills a niche. Big, affordable, and shootable.
I reload, so I dont worry too much about ammo availability (having already stockpiled some brass and lead).
I have a 44 SRH also, and although I love it, I like the 480 more.
My personal favorite handload is a Leadhead 355gr gcheck, over H110.
Perfect balance of velocity and recoil for me.
I settled on that weight because I only hunt deer, hogs and once every couple years black bear. It shoots flat enough, and straight through everything. 1 shot, virtually instant kill.
I would up the weight if I were up against teeth or horns.