The above proves one thing and one thing only. That "felt" recoil, real or imagined is 100 percent subjective. To me the idea that any '06 kicks more than any .375 is ludicrous, but that's why its subjective, because numbers don't lie. An 8.5 lbs '06 is not exactly a lightweight either. You might have an argument if your '06 weight 3.5 # and the .375 weighed 15#.I think my 30-06 belts me a lot more than my 375HH. More like a sharp jab than a push like the 375. Then again I'm comparing an 8 1/2 lb MRC 06 and 180g TSX to my 11 lb 375HH Win Safari Express and 235g TSX . Even the 350g TSX feels lighter. All three loads are about 2 to 2 1/2 g below max. Probably 2 1/2 lb makes a difference, too.