Finally got my 9,2x62 R8 yesterday. I have to say there's a kick. At least compared to my +5kg/11lb 6,5x55 I shoot exclusively with suppressor. I had tried to gauge the recoil comparing it heavy loads on light shotgun but it isn't exactly comparable. Shotgun easily makes shouder hurt but the overall experience isn't as violent. Somehow the comb rises with recoil and feels like getting slapped on cheeck which I haven't experienced even with 338LM. Off hand the face slapping was less of an issue so I'm willing to put some blame on poor shooting support and position on bench but at least part of the experience might be due to coarse surface of the professional stock.
Weirdly my 100m off hand grouping went immediately from 40cm to 20cm despite the heavier recoil. Still lot of room for practice but short rifle and good trigger sure helps a lot. Long range shooter in me really itches to slap on a bipod and shoot a plate at 500m with it..
I'm planning on using 230gn Eco-strike on Moose next fall. 250gn E-tip and TTSX are also in consideration. I've got multiple sources for loading 250gn bullets up to 830m/s (2720fps). Eco-strike measures only 2540fps out of 20" barrel, so there's something to gain with hand loading. For usual dog hunting distances closer to 20 than 100 meters I don't think it matters but there are places where it might be useful to be able to shoot bit farther.
Samu, have you put your rifle on a scale to see what it weighs? Also, does it come with a 1" thick recoil pad of soft construction? The Europeans seem to be into hard rubber pads.