As to recoil, if the 416Ruger is on par w/ the 416Rigby ballistics wise and the weight of the Ruger is somewhat less, recoil will be greater. Stock design, shape, etc. can offset some of the felt recoil, but I would think the measureable amount of recoil would be greater than a heavier rifle of equal performance. One could always put some balance weight in the buttstock to offset the sharpness of recoil. There are formulas on the web that will calcualte for you the recoil if you want to know a factual comparison. I can't say just where, but a search would bring them up for you I think. As pointed out though, recoil while hunting is not really a concern, but I understand it would be nice to be able to shoot the thing to sight it in and become familiar w/ the rifle/sights, etc. From all I have read, the caliber is a good one and does not have the extreme pressures reportedly generated by the 416 Remnington Magnum nor requires a magnum length action. Believe Ruger is on the right path here w/ both the 375Ruger and the 416Ruger.