Very true, but running the figures on the .500 S&W it looks to be about the same as a .45/70 anyway in terms of performance and therefore recoil.........how fast can you work a lever and recover from the recoil to get back on target.
I have a Marlin 1895,with a 16" bbl and a highly slicked action, and hot handload 405gr WFNGC's. I practice by putting a 6" paper plate a various distances and see how fast I can hit it three times with the weapon. (timed with a club timer)
Recover from recoil....work the action....get back on target....fire another AIMED round. Try it starting at a mere 15yds. Move to 25 then 50. See how well you do.
To me.......more recoil means more time back on target and/or less accuracy. A trade off for sure.
For me.....I got all I want in a "happy medium" recoiling weapon.
But the 500 lever is definitely interesting. ----- pruhdlr