Where are you getting hurt by the recoil? Sounds like a stupid question but it is important. When I got my son his 1895 SS when he was 12 I had some pretty stout loads worked up for it. Now, this kid would sit there and shoot my .458 Win mag and .416 Rigby all day long and not complain about the recoil, but after after a few shots of the 45-70 he was complaining, a LOT. It turned out it was not the kick to the shoulder that hurt him, it was the bust in the chops. I had already put on a Pachmayr Decelerator recoil pad so the option for us was to have it it Mag-na-Ported. MNPing does not raise muzzle blast near as much as a break and does not affect velocity even one fps, we measured before and after with the same ammo, but it did keep the muzzle down that and solved our problem. It does very little for straight back recoil reduction but that was not our problem anyway.
If it is your shoulder getting beat up, Decelerate it or Limb Saver it. If your cheek is getting popped, Mag-na-Port it.
When I shot service rifle years ago, we often put lead in the butt stocks. Some put lead in the magazines too. It all worked to reduce recoil. The cheapest thing to try is putting lead in the stock. Our M14s and Garands were already drilled out in the stock for cleaning gear, easy to fill up with lead shot.
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