FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH, I agree with the majority of readers that recoil does have an effect on in-field accuracy. At least, I suspect it does. And to me, that's reason enough not to carry a hard-kicking rifle, particularly when you don't need to. For most shooters in most deer hunting situations, there's very little a magnum round (or even a .30/06) can do that a .308, 7mm/08, 7x57, .270, .260, 6.5x55mm, or .25/06 can't do with less recoil. With so many good light- to moderate-kicking choices, why beat yourself up?