I bought one last spring....recoil is on par with a .30/30 or so, IMO. My Granddad had one, and it was the first centerfire rifle I ever shot. I kinda wanted that gun, but he 'traded up' and used it to get himself a Remington pump 30-06 a couple years before he passed. Finally found a used one in the gun shop this past spring. Great little 'woods rifle'.
Funny, but I remember it kicking a lot more back when I was a 14 year old kid!