Thanks for the kind words mate ... I actually restored the rifle my self from a very sorry state, it was without a butt stock when I got it.
Just curious-how does the recoil compare to a MN 44? I
That's a tough one mate, I personally don't think the No5 is worse than the M44 - I would say the M44 had a bit more kick but the M44 is actually a heavier rifle so it shouldn't be the case. I tend not to suffer from recoil cause I'm a pretty solid block of beef which makes it tough to assess how it may effect another person.
If you can try them out side by side that would be your best bet.