I can't tell a differance in recoil if I'm shooting a light target load or a hunting load. I was taught to use what ever caliber you are using in grains of powder for target shooting and increase it by 50% for hunting. If you have an odd number always round up. In a 50 cal a target load would be 50 gr and 75 gr for hunting. In a 54cal I use 55 gr for target and 85 for hunting. I have had good results like this.