The Win 88 and rifles with recoil issues
I haven't shot one of the Win 88 lever actions, but I did shoot my Dad's Remington 742 in 30-06. That rifle taught me alot about recoil. My Dad's rifle has a steel buttplate and it wasn't fun shooting it. I would bet that if Winchester 88's kick it is more of a factor of stock design(bad one) than actual recoil. Shooting a 30-06 in a bolt action with a good stock design is pretty easy as long as it isn't an ultra light. My Brother in law could have chosen any rifle he wanted, I was buying it for him. He wanted a Ruger Model 77RL ultra light in 30-06. That rifle is a real joy to carry in the woods and only weighed 6 pounds prior the scope and sling going on. The problem is that it isn't any fun to shoot at the range bench unless you wear a Past recoil shield on your shoulder. Atleast that is what my Brother in law does at the range. I haven't tried the recoil shield but I have shot his Ruger without one, not much fun. We wanted to standardize on the 30-06 cartridge for both of us. Chambering it in 308 Win would have reduced the recoil force on the Ultra light.