Re: Question on Caliber/Recoil & Stocks
Well, here is my opinion. The short mags have less felt recoil, but they have more muzzle blast (typically shorter barrels on them) and greater recoil velocity.
If you are recoil shy or just don't want to take that kind of abuse, get a 30-06. I know its not as flashy or trendy as the shortmags or 300WM, but it is plenty gun for 400 yards. I would feel a little better too knowing that I would not miss or make a bad shot because I was thinking in the back of my mind how hard this gun kicked at the range or how purple my shoulder was.
If you were set on getting a 300 or 325 WSM, get the lightweight one and have Shawn or Kirby or Chris or one of the other fine smiths around here or in your neck of the woods and put a muzzlebreak on there. The lighter the rifle the more efficient the break will be. That way you can have your cake and eat it too!