I have a few of the big boomers and they are great for long distance shooting . To me the 12 ga and 45-70 is like a hard shove but the magnum loads are quicker and sharper recoil . The recoil on the 338 lapua mag makes me feel like I've been punched in the nose . Gun wieght , barrel length and stock design are all factors in felt recoil between guns of the same caliber . The recoil is worse on my Remington than my Weatherby in 7mm mag .