After regretfully selling my Marlin 1895 45/70 a while go and replacing it with a CVA single shot , the recoil is like getting hit by a truck ! Shooting 300 gr. 1800 FPS ammo then moving up to Hornady .325 gr. 2050 FPS is quite a substantial difference in recoil ! I used to be able to shoot an entire box ,(20 rounds) with no tolerance testing abilities required . Now I'm good for about 6 shots and that is the threshold of fun vs tolerance ! Though the rifle ain't bad on accuracy it is a challenge on just how much fun shooting it is . I do plan on hunting this year so zeroing the new scope was a bit painful . Thank goodness I'd bought that laser bore sight or I still would not be on paper yet ! I guess this turned out to be a plug for laser bore sights ? When a box of 20 rounds goes for $40 - $50+ , it really saved me quite a bucks . If I didn't already have so many 45/70 rounds in my locker , would have gone some caliber that didn't punch back so hard . This may be the last year I can get out so wish me luck .........!