well my Rem 700 mountain rifle in 270 has a rather sharp kick whereas my Rem 760 pump in 30-06 is a more pronounced reward push. I know we use terms that are hard to visualize but most recoil has to do with the weight of the rifle. I'm not talking big magnums which all seem to bark pretty hard to me. I've shot 338 win, 444 marlin but the 300 weatherby was a handful for me and all I would want. My 300 Savage is about as tame in recoil as a 243.