Hi Muddy,I grew up shooting slugs off bench so I was "calibrated" to heavy recoil. But I will say the worse rifle for recoil I ever shot was an Encore rifle 24" Pro Hunter contour barrel in 500 S&W! That rifle killed 3 scopes, base and had to go to 4 ring set up.! It was crazy how accurate it was but the recoil velocity was like rattler strike so fast! Imagine a 7.5 lb rifle with 325 Barnes at 2100 fps! Long eye relief 4" or ER.
So all I read is how much recoil affects a lot of shooters so wondering what is your threshold? Is the recoil from poor shooter form? Lightweight rifles? Heavy bullet? Big bore cartridges? Or even smaller stature of shooter? Don't like needles?
I am hoping to beat the hate the cartridge thread number of pages...,,,
1 shot or 100?
Hunting or at the range?
Prone or standing?
Braked or not?
Ultralight rifle or heavy weight? (they recoil differently)
What type of recoil pad? Steel crescent, hard *** rubber, or one of the new air cell style pads?
All these things make a difference