The first gun I ever hunted with was a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem. I loved that gun! The thing i liked about that gun over say a bolt gun was the way it handled. It made a bolt gun seem cumbersome. The shortness and balance was something i grew to love! Having said that, I was 12 before I started hunting. I am not sure what i would compare the recoil to. It has slightly more than my 260 Rem but not much. Just my 2 cents!