Felt recoil is a personal thing. Having said that, I own a lightweight Savage .270 that is not fun to shoot. My Ruger 77 in the same caliber is tame but a much heavier firearm. Also the weight of your bullets will have some effect. Lots of factors here. I'm surprized that the 7mm was knocking people head over heels and out of trees. Were you meaning 7mm Rem Mag? It's not a Walmart package gun (not that there's anything wrong with them) but if you can locate a 6.5mm you might be surprized by it. The 6.5 swede (6.5 x 55) or some of the other 6.5 will get the job done. Don't be in a hurry, do your research.