Have to admit I haven,t shot a single shot 10 since the last years of lead still being legal with liberal goose limits. That being said I used a 10 gauge H&R w/30" barrel as a going away shot after emptying my 870 on some hunts. Back then you could get 1 7/8 oz. copper plated lead 2,s and we shot quite a few of those thru our 3" 12,s. I actually thought that 10 kicked less than the 30" barreled 870 magnum. One things for sure once you got that big gun swinging it didn,t stop. Made some outrageously long going away shots on geese with that thing. It was heavy. I shot a BPS 10 quite a bit after advent of steel shot. Mainly just trying to get the effectiveness of a 12 gauge with the wimpy first steel loads. Everything from a 26" barrel choked Imp. cyl to the 30" that I originally bought on gun. Nothing at all uncomfortable about shooting that gun. A whole lot less recoil than a SBE shooting 3.5" shells which I only made the mistake of doing one hunt. Gun weight is what calmed the recoil of those big 10,s. They,re around 10 lbs.
I’ve got 3 single shot 10’s. 2 New England’s and an H&R. The H&R is a Sportsman’s Long Range and has the low hammer and softer trigger. It is by far the best of the 3. I think they did away with the low hammer, due to safety reasons. These guns desperately needed more help with choking and the best loads are handloads.