FWIW, bought a used Ruger tang safety 77 in 270Win several years ago. Had it rebarreled to 7x57 mauser using a cheapo F54(heavy contour) A&B barrel from Midway. The venerable old 7x57 is a fine hunting cartridg and its recoil is on the mild side. While perhaps I was lucky, my Ruger 77 rifle is easily my most accurate rifle. When I shot it on the grand opening day of our 600 yd range, had no problem busting 6"-8" ballons with it once I'd adjusted my scope for bullet drop and figured out the hold for the windage. It kept up with some darn nice and more modern/expensive rifles in the latest/greatest cartridges when it came to busting the ballons.