I can actually FEEL the difference the buffer makes in the 22. It really does have a slightly less felt recoil than without it. I also have buffers in my other weapons such as my M14. In that instance...it's more of saving the receiver from being clanked on than reducing recoil.bikenjam said:I've heard of the bolt buffers before, but what i've never heard is a gun breaking because it didn't have one. What difference would it make?