The M1 could be a hunting rifle. Of course the bolt action will have more recoil than the Woodsmaster (nice rifle by the way) semi-auto.
How much of a beating recoil-wise? It's really a mute point when you use something to save your life. You also adapt to the tools you use. Back in the days of WW2 and like, the infantryman was more of a sniper than one to lay a field of fire on an objective, and figure carrying several hundred rounds of 30cal ammo compared to several hundred 22cal. I used to have an Argentine Mauser in 7.65 original with steel butt plate. It kicked my butt at the range just shooting six rounds or so. But those were made for the troops in war as well. Recoil.......it's either a weekend thing, or something you get accustomed to in short order. All of my hunting rifles are bolt action.Then I was watching some WW2 footage, and was thinking, how much of a beating could the M1 have given in combat?