Recoil isn't an issue by all means. I shoot 3" magnum slugs out of my 12. When I saw the hmr round it looked like a decent round. But turns out it's small. I never owned a riffle so I want a gun that would be more disposable to shoot than my 12. The savage 111 seems like a decent gun. but For now I want something to shoot up to 500 yards. Maybe farther. Go down to texas hunt boar elk moose would be fun. The 700 would be awesome but around chicago it's hard to find one. And with me needing to fix my truck the toy will have to wait.