Recoil...what recoil? When I am shooting at "game", I am so excited that I feel no recoil. I hope that I never get over the "rush" of actually pulling the trigger. I shoot 3 1/2s in an 870 for turkey and geese and get great results. I have promised myself time and time again that I would migrate to 3" shells, but we all know that a human's nature is "the bigger, the better".