Recently I purchased my first Marlin, a .45-70 guide, blued. I've never owned a rifle like this. I didn't get through a box of ammo, Hornady 325's FTX, before my shoulder told me to rethink my strategy. And my index finger was uniquely sore from the trigger guard smacking it. I am used to holding a rifle securely but somewhat relaxed. So the first issue with this gun is how to hold it to handle the recoil. (I shot 8" groups at 50 yds., standing, without a rest in winds of 30 and gusts in the 40's. Great fun.) I love this gun and will hunt whitetail with it this year. Any suggestions??