I have a recoil pad on my Marlin '94. It reduces the recoil of the .44
Mag to an acceptable level.
What I do is use the sling. It's heavy, and as I shoot from the shoulder,
I hook my left elbow through it and push hard. It helps to steady aim,
and control recoil to stay on target. IME, .44 and 30.06 are @
the recoil of a 20 gauge with small game loads.