I have an US Arms, Seville, 357 Max, SS, 7.5" barrel in new, unfired condition. I shoot my Rugers and Contenders in 357 Max.. The Abiline is an excellent quality single action revolver that was seen in silhouette shooting frequently.
Place a break on a 10"-12" Contender barrel, that should tone down the recoil, the blast - just don't be standing to the side (depends on the brake). A suppressor works great, if your state allows such.