"Why own a rifle your afraid to shoot with out a weighted sled"
I saw this statement and sincerely without trying to start an arguement I do think I might have a few valid thoughts on this.
I am one of those in a group of people what I think is the "minority" that does not get bothered with recoil from heavy magnums loads. I shoot 12 guage 3 1/2 magnum loads as pretty much a norm yet I can hand over the gun to someone else, after one or two shots, they want no more of it. This does not mean I am not aware of recoil, that I do not feel the recoil, or that if the day has been very prductive that I don't feel a lil bit of bruised shoulder muscle the next day, but rather recoil is just no big deal. My concentration (and shooting excitement) is almost purely on the shot and not on recoil impact anticipation (that is 90% of the battle). I am also 6'1" and 240#. That may or may not make a difference. I personally feel the 12 gauge 3 1/2 magnum loads have a greater recoil than my 338 Win Mag.
(This is just my thought but I would like to be a "fly on the wall" if someone might disagree) ...having said that, running 32 rounds in one sitting with the 338 Win Mag without the comfort and recoil reduction of a Lead Sled with weight tool and\or a muzzle brake or both, I would be pretty astounded to see most anyone not starting to have some prominent recoil anticipation after about the 10-12th round. That anticipation distracts from zeroing in and testing ammunition. Lets just humor all and say, this just never happens with a few. Okay, but I would just have to believe there would be some unnecessary felt bruising the next day. At 54, I no longer have to prove to my wife I can handle all pain by saying I don't feel anything.
I think recoil reduction systems have their place and I think they serve a very nice tool. On the range testing lots of rounds (Lead Sled type machines). Out on the hunt (recoil pads, extra rifle weight, or muzzle brake).
Now if someone is flinching on their one shot chance on the hunt, perhaps a realistic re-evaluation of that particular rifle and the recoil anticipation needs to be reviewed. I luv big magnums and they are exciting to shoot and exciting to feel confident knowing their incredible capabilities if matched and shot correctly. Subjectively speaking, I think with todays options, if someone invests not only the money for the tools, but the time to perfect their firearm shooting, most people can shoot most high magnums.
I am not afraid of the high caliber magnum loads but I "HATE" spiders! (might equate to being afraid) That doesn't keep me from camping or cleaning out the garage.
Just my 1.5 cents
Also thanks for your comments and input Winmag. It is appreciated and respected.