I didn't think a 30-30 would kick much but after 20 rounds through my newly acquired 1979 336 my shoulder started hurting. OK, I'm on the wrong side of 70 and riddled with arthritis and assorted other ills but able to absorb the blows of my SKS without flinching. I figure a 7.62x39 and 30-30 are comparable when it comes to recoil but the 336 kicks quite a bit more. The butt plate on the 336 is hard rubber, not exactly good for cushioning the blow so I suppose I can get a recoil pad. Any recommendations? Meanwhile I'm using a towel. No flaming, please. I'm an old guy with a fairly thick skin but would like to know if anyone else has a similar experience.