The Mosin is a lot of rifle for a first timer. I am a big advocate of the 22lr. Everyone should own one of their own. As far as recoil goes...the mosin is similar to a 30-06. However, most 30-06 rifles that you buy today have a nice rubber recoil pad on them. The butt of a Mosin is metal. I dont mind recoil. But I put a slip on recoil pad on mine. If I shot it the way it was I would bruise up my shoulder after about 20 rounds or so. Didn't really bother me much. But just plain freaked out my wife when she saw me take my shirt off.
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