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The worst recoil I have ever experienced was with a youth model NEF 20 gauge shotgun. That was chambered for 3" shells. The recoil pad was very thin, too short, and small in profile. The gun weighed just 4 pounds. I shot it with 1&5/16 oz magnum turkey loads. On the first shot, my shoulder just went instantly numb - kinda like taking the first bite of a ghost pepper when the whole mouth goes numb. I remember thinking that I might as well try another shot since the shoulder was already numbed so it won't hurt any more. I was wrong! That one hurt even more.
I lost any curiosity after that and didn't shoot anymore.
I've shot some hard kicking rifles and shotguns in my life, but that was by far the worst.
 

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When you watch the 577 T-rex being shot in the Youtube video, you also see a normal guy shooting it without any "trauma". So he either slipped in a reduced load, or he knows how to actually shoot that rifle. I'm guessing the latter.

But like what Runfiverun said, it has a lot to do with how the stock is designed and what it's made of.
 
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