I am very seriously looking at a 340 Weatherby for Christmas. Mrs. Clause ok'd the purchase but the more I read, in fact everything I read, indicates that the recoil is rough to say the least. I looked at the ballistics and the 340 has around 42 pounds of recoil compared to my 300 Weatherby's 31 pounds. http://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm (For some reason this chart doesn't seem right to me but..)
I have a muzzle break on my 300 Weatherby and quite honestly, I could shoot it all day long with the brake compared to a half a box before the break so it made a big difference.
Does anyone here have field experience with the 340? I am not questioning it's ability to take down brownies etc. I am looking more for how manageable the recoil is. It is more important to me to be able to manage the recoil for accurate shots than have a canon that I can't control.
I know there are a lot of factors e.g. my physical size compared to yours, recoil pad, break etc. but as an general observation is the recoil that bad compared to the mid-size magnums like the 300 Win, 325 WSM...