I can’t keep my weapons in the District of Columbia just yet, so I was out in 19 degree Fahrenheit (-7.2 C) weather today at a range. I got to shoot my .38 and a friend’s .454. The latter was remarkably smooth and had virtually no kick at all, since it has “porting” vents along the top that shoot the gas upwards as the bullet is sent out, thus substantially counterbalancing the upward kick.
(For the curious: At 100 feet with the .38, I hit the target once out of five shots. At 21 feet I hit the kill zone consistently with the .38. At 100 feet with the scope-mounted .454 I hit the kill zone consistently.)