There is recoil and there is felt recoil. The former is: as a famous Scots engineer said, “You can’t defy the laws of physics!” The latter, on the other hand, is about perception rather than reality; and there is something which will change that perception. It is not the science of ergonomics applied to stock design. Nor is it range-evacuating muzzle brakes. It is adrenaline.
Checking the zero of my .30-06 at the range, I am conscious of the laws of physics. Out in the bush with a deer in the crosshairs, I pull the trigger and do not feel a thing. The difference is adrenaline.
Similarly, at the range, my Winchester model 70 has ejection problems: the spent case flips up, hits the bottom of the scope, and lands back in the action. (This, we are told, is a defect of the Mauser design.) Out in the bush with a deer in the crosshairs, I pull the trigger, I work the bolt, and the spent case lands in the next wildlife management unit. A spring-loaded ejector has no advantage over a blade in the presence of adrenaline.
We need competition or the chase. Neither we nor our rifles were built for shooting in cold blood.