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I had a Sako chambered in .375 H&H Mag. Ten rounds was my limit.

The most punishing recoil I ever felt was a Remington 700 Safari chambered in .416 Rem Mag. To me, it was worse than a Weatherby Mk V chambered in .460 Weatherby. I could shoot the Weatherby three times. The Remington was one and done.
 

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I am currently in therapy with a bad shoulder and cannot think of recoil at this time. Recoil in a handgun never really bothered me too much and through a long gun, with the exception of a 12 ga, I never really thought about recoil (never shot anything above a 357 through a Henry); not sure how that would feel today.

I believe my long gun days may be over....as I write this, I have ice on my shoulder.
 

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I am currently in therapy with a bad shoulder and cannot think of recoil at this time. Recoil in a handgun never really bothered me too much and through a long gun, with the exception of a 12 ga, I never really thought about recoil (never shot anything above a 357 through a Henry); not sure how that would feel today.

I believe my long gun days may be over....as I write this, I have ice on my shoulder.

There is always .22's. AR's in .223 and the pistol caliber lever guns give little or no recoil. .38's through a Henry is pretty much like a .22 and 357's are hardly more noticeable. Lifting and holding the gun up would probably strain your shoulder more than firing but you could always use a bag and bench too. Don't give up just yet.

I had a little recoil yesterday with the 454 Casul. The 444 Marlin wasn't bad at all.
 

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Perceived is a very real recoil. It is what you actually get at your shoulder. The very expensive custom shotgun makers practiced this. Custom fitting. Also making sure the person shoots it right. Right placement, holding and all. This can make a huge difference.
Just one example to back this up. Some guys have one shotgun they hate. It just kicks too bad. Can put the same load in a different shotgun. It somehow doesn't kick as bad. Now why is that? Because the second shotgun fits him much better.
 

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I had a Sako chambered in .375 H&H Mag. Ten rounds was my limit.

The most punishing recoil I ever felt was a Remington 700 Safari chambered in .416 Rem Mag. To me, it was worse than a Weatherby Mk V chambered in .460 Weatherby. I could shoot the Weatherby three times. The Remington was one and done.
I agree on those Weatherby's. My worst ever kick was the .378 Weatherby. I believe it was right up there with the .475 A&M magnum. I never shot a .475. I did some stock work on one for a customer with the proviso that HE did the proof shots at the range. My mama knew she raised an ugly child. He would have been heart broken to know she raised a dumb one as well.
 

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I'll admit I don't care for heavy recoil anymore. Getting older tends to makes things hurt that didn't used to hurt. I don't care for shooting my mosin nagant for more than maybe 10 or 15 rounds. The other day after shooting 4 clips out of my Garand, I had enough. When I reload for 10mm now, I back off the powder a little. I've Shot a S&W 500 before but wouldn't care to any longer. Heck I have a P64 9x18 that with some ammo hurts.
 

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Just mentally I have mellowed in my old age. When I was younger I loved to unleash that power. The recoil and boom was feedback. The louder the boom, the harsher the recoil, the more powerful I perceived myself. I got past that somewhere along the way, and I'm quite satisfied with a pop and a little kick to go with it.
 

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"Recoil Perception" implies that recoil is only in the"MIND" of the user. I say this 454 Casull 4 inch barrel vs the same round from an 8 inch barrel the "PERCEPTION" is as different as Rabid Pit Bull and a Noisy chihuahua..Which "PERCEPTION" would you want to slap and scream shut up at. No Try only Do Or Do Not. But hey I aint an "EXPERT"
Perceived recoil is just that - how an individual perceives the recoil to them. FIT is the key, whether it is a shotgun handgun or rifle. But folks who brag about how they can shoot all these heavy loads with no ill effect are kidding themselves. Recoil damage is a cumulative thing. Constantly shooting heavy loads leads to nerve damage, flinching, etc................
 
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