This is an attempt at a spinoff of the other recoil thread; sort of a supplemental.
I'm a pretty big guy and don't consider myself to be a wimp. (God knows I'd be dead by now if I was, what with the abuse I have put myself through.) However, I am also man enough to admit that I don't like a lot of recoil when I'm shooting. It makes a pleasurable hobby, not so pleasurable.
I'm interested in seeing what others consider to be the most recoil they are willing to tolerate. I've shot lots of guns like the 375 H&H and so on, but you won't find one in my safe, becuase I just don't care to own something that is not fun to shoot. Feeling like my shoulder has been run over by a truck after shooting a few rounds at the range is not my idea of fun. So here is where I draw my personal "recoil comfort limits".(RCL)
If you respond, it might be helpful to list the firearm type in your answer as well. For instance I have a lightweight .308 bolt rifle that recoils at my maximun threshold, however a 30-06 semi-auto is not so bad. Heck, .50 BMG isn't bad if it's an M2 mounted to a tripod. So you see what I mean.
Here are my personal RCLs:
In a bolt rifle, anything more than a 30-06 is more than I want to put up with, and if it's a light rifle, .308.
In a full size handgun, I really don't care to shoot anything above a full house .357 magnum in a handgun. .41 magnum is tolerable, but no fun to me. In a snubby, 38spl +p is nice, but .357 too much. I like up to a .45 in a auto and have never shot anything bigger in one.
For a shotgun, 3" 1oz slugs are the most recoil I will put up with and they are not fun to me. Not bad in an semiauto, but my deer shotty is a pump and the recoil is at max threshold with these slugs. I shot a 3 1/2' magnum and decided that if I can't kill it with a 3", it don't need killin'. (at least not by me)
What say you?