So on my recent trip to Serapa Safaris, I asked Jacques if I could touch of a round or two from his Merkel .470NE. The rounds were 500gr solids of Barnes variety I believe. Whatever the case I was quite pleased with the recoil. While you definitely know you've shot a big bore, I really did not feel any punishment from the rifle. Maybe shooting my short barreled lightweight .458B&M has prepped me for the double .470NE? At the shows last year I spent a fair amount of time at the Verney Carron booth. Jerome the rep there advised me to go with the .500NE that from a "felt recoil" point of view, the .500 would feel the same or even less than the .470NE due to the case design. Mathematically this makes no sense at all, but those are just numbers and don't relate to felt recoil very well in my opinion. So for those of you who have shot both of these calibers in properly fitting DRs, what say you in regards to the felt recoil between the two?