My little brother used to shoot mine when he was 10.. Not much recoil at all.Big thing with that gun though, is u need damn good scope mounts, and u need a good scope. If u try cheap scope mounts and mount up a cheap scope that gun will never hold zero. The recoil is just to strong.
If you are talking about the semiauto that was sort of an overgrown 10/22, I know why I sold mine. It was seriously inaccurate with 'standard' loads. Ruger strongly recommended using the 'mid-power' load in them, to achieve useable accuracy - which apparently meant 4" groups at 50 yards.I do not understand why the .44 Carbine was not more popular. It was a much better carbine than the M1