I don't hunt anymore. But I have a Marlin 1895 SS that's a great rifle. I rebuilt it and refinished the stock. In the process I bought and installed a new recoil pad as well.
If you're concerned about recoil, get a Kickeez Sorbothane recoil pad. The model for the Marlin is a touch too small for the 1895, but the model for the Savage fits perfectly. Trust me, it just sucks up recoil.
I bought it from NoKick.com. Brian, the owner is a good guy and a vet. Customer service is top notch. Here's a link:
NoKick.com - Offering all the latest Recoil Reducing Options
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