Recoil in rifles "for hunting" is somewhat of a suppressed subject. I don't know if manly men don't think others manly if they complain about recoil in their old thuty-thuty. Or, recoil whiners need to stay home in their smoking jacket. Some Outdoor writers have got the bore caliber required to kill an Elk at .35 up to .471 biggahummer. A 30.06,and similar calibers were once thought to be sufficient to hunt Elk with, after all, wasn't that what we were told. But every year something happens(progress). I believe the industry continues to push larger artillery. Or is PETA pressuring the industry about the critters we harvest don't get dead enough when we make them dead (ded) dead? Whatever, me-thinks there is a continued "bigger is better" push from those that are "the Industry".
We do have a huge number of calibers available to hunt the Deer, Caribou, Elk, Moose, Black Bear critter. Some calibers more suited than others for that specific animal. I love to see new cartridges and rifles come out, don't get me wrong. What I'm seeing though is a Magnum round being touted for certain animals as the only efficient/compassionate way to hunt them.
When I check the weight of the rifle I see the manufacturer bragging about the damn piece of iron is 9 1/2 lbs. It's 9 1/2 lbs because the recoil is in the 30's and we are told the "average" shooter says ow'weey. If you need that .41~ Thunderwhizzer at 9 1/2 lb for your 105lb Bambi it tis OK with me. It's also OK with me if you hunt your Elk with a 5lb, .340 Weatherby.
I do believe somewhere in the middle (call it animal wellness)is the way to go. Too much energy and the hunter can't hit squat. If they are new at the game they may decide to quit. After all several writers said the .41~ Thunderwhizzer with snow cone control was the ultimate. Other folks said the new.369 Stagger at 5 lbs made you quiver in the morning.
I have humped many trail, mostly up and down. I do like "light" stuff. When I shoot off the Bench I also wear a sissy pad (medical reason)which allows me to be extra comfortable.
What are your thoughts: 1. Are there more Magnum calibers today than ten years ago and do they actually fill a meaningful "space"? If so, Why?
2.Why are rifles so heavy ? Why is the average non-magnum over 7lbs.?
3.Can you hit the door of your pickup truck at 400yards?
4.Can people shooting that Ultra-Light StaggerDoNutHoleMaker be accurate?
(You have to look behind all of that outer space stuff)