I have a S&W 638 as a carry gun, but I am considering adding a new snubbie to the mix. The 638 is great, but it kicks like a mule with my current carry ammo, Buffalo Bore 158gr +P lswchp. The only thing more brutal that I have shot lately was a scandium .357 and my hand hurt for a week after the scandium adventure.
How much will felt recoil be lessened when shot out of a heavier gun? I am considering either a 3" model 60 or a 3" sp101. The sp101 is a few ounces heaver than the model 60, but both of them are a lot heavier than the 638. I would love to shoot both guns to decide, but it is hard to find those in rental guns. The gun range that is closest to me only has a 2" sp101 and no Smith snubbies as range guns.
I appreciate any light my fellow forum members can shed on this.