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Old 09-13-2012, 08:52 PM   #26761
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My ol' Texas rifle buddy calls that rifle a "375 Ouch & Ouch"
I didn't used to be recoil shy at all, and was/am pretty good sized. Plus the rifle was pretty stout, probably 9+ pounds with the scope, and it had a good recoil pad. Still..... When I'd take it to the range or be shooting a lot of rounds, I'd fold up a bath towel and lay it over my shoulder. I still do that sometimes at the range, even with a 308 or 30-06, especially if I'm benchresting the gun.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:59 PM   #26762
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I didn't used to be recoil shy at all, and was/am pretty good sized. Plus the rifle was pretty stout, probably 9+ pounds with the scope, and it had a good recoil pad. Still..... When I'd take it to the range or be shooting a lot of rounds, I'd fold up a bath towel and lay it over my shoulder. I still do that sometimes at the range, even with a 308 or 30-06, especially if I'm benchresting the gun.
At the range I always use a pad, and after a round of sporting clays I hurt for a week even with my shoulder pad on (course I shoot a lightweight field Beretta O/U 12 gauge). Unless I'm all excited shooting at critters, I can't tolerate that much recoil anymore. Age!
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:44 AM   #26763
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At the range I always use a pad, and after a round of sporting clays I hurt for a week even with my shoulder pad on (course I shoot a lightweight field Beretta O/U 12 gauge). Unless I'm all excited shooting at critters, I can't tolerate that much recoil anymore. Age!
I hear ya. I don't shoot a lot of trap/sporting-clays, but do occasionally, and usually end up a little battered and sore. 100+ rounds of 12 gauge, even light target loads, is a lot of pounding.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:46 AM   #26764
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I didn't used to be recoil shy at all, and was/am pretty good sized. Plus the rifle was pretty stout, probably 9+ pounds with the scope, and it had a good recoil pad. Still..... When I'd take it to the range or be shooting a lot of rounds, I'd fold up a bath towel and lay it over my shoulder. I still do that sometimes at the range, even with a 308 or 30-06, especially if I'm benchresting the gun.
You just don't bench these guns any more than necessary. It's not as bad if they're shot offhand. Besides, you never notice recoil when you're hunting.

Our club holds a public sight-in weekend every year just before deer season. There's a member at each bench to assist and spot shots. I had a little guy come in with a BAR in .338 mag, and that thing just beat the crap out of him so bad that I could watch him flinch with every shot. Just to get him on his way, I sat down and got it shooting to point of aim for him, and then told him he'd be better off trading it for something like a .308, which would be plenty for whitetails.

If one is going to persist in benching heavy recoil guns, get a sissy bag made up. It's just 4 or 5 pounds of #6 lead shot sewed up in a leather bag. It goes between the gun butt and shoulder, and it really works.
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Old 09-14-2012, 06:59 AM   #26765
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You just don't bench these guns any more than necessary. It's not as bad if they're shot offhand. Besides, you never notice recoil when you're hunting.

Our club holds a public sight-in weekend every year just before deer season. There's a member at each bench to assist and spot shots. I had a little guy come in with a BAR in .338 mag, and that thing just beat the crap out of him so bad that I could watch him flinch with every shot. Just to get him on his way, I sat down and got it shooting to point of aim for him, and then told him he'd be better off trading it for something like a .308, which would be plenty for whitetails.

If one is going to persist in benching heavy recoil guns, get a sissy bag made up. It's just 4 or 5 pounds of #6 lead shot sewed up in a leather bag. It goes between the gun butt and shoulder, and it really works.
I've done that too, used a bag of lead-shot. I think that, or things like LeadSleds, are tough on scopes and scope-mounts though. But it is true that benchresting a hard-kicking rifle is tough on a guy. I tend to experiment with handloading, trying different loads, a lot, so tend to shoot from a bench a fair amount as a consequence. When I was shooting that 375H&H a lot I'd generally try to get it shooting where I wanted, and then go to offhand for practice. Shooting it from a prone position was especially unpleasant, so I rarely did that!
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Old 09-14-2012, 07:59 AM   #26766
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You just don't bench these guns any more than necessary. It's not as bad if they're shot offhand. Besides, you never notice recoil when you're hunting.

Our club holds a public sight-in weekend every year just before deer season. There's a member at each bench to assist and spot shots. I had a little guy come in with a BAR in .338 mag, and that thing just beat the crap out of him so bad that I could watch him flinch with every shot. Just to get him on his way, I sat down and got it shooting to point of aim for him, and then told him he'd be better off trading it for something like a .308, which would be plenty for whitetails.

If one is going to persist in benching heavy recoil guns, get a sissy bag made up. It's just 4 or 5 pounds of #6 lead shot sewed up in a leather bag. It goes between the gun butt and shoulder, and it really works.
Out here in the land of the Macho, all the hunters we see out for Deer have 300 win mags, or 338, 358, 458. I guess they feel more macho with a way too big gun for Deer. I use to hunt deer a lot and was usually the only one to tkae one every year with my little soft shooting .243.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:08 AM   #26767
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Was out messing around with a few of my guns the other day.


I used to have a staple gun just like yours but got rid of it because the recoil was too great.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:09 AM   #26768
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I used to have a staple gun just like yours but got rid of it because the recoil was too great.
You can pick those up cheap all the time because people don't realize how harsh a staple gun can be on recoil....like a 1911.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:12 AM   #26769
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[QUOTE=vspeed;19587771]Was out messing around with a few of my guns the other day.




The lever action and that Ruger make a nice pair.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:25 AM   #26770
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The lever action and that Ruger make a nice pair.
I use to have a SAA and a Winchester both in .357mag which was a great combo. I always love the idea of matching the lever gun and SAA cartridge.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #26771
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that photo remind me last trip to Argentina when I got to play with some of my brother's toys!


nice lever, a 336 or an 1895 is in my wish list :)
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:29 AM   #26772
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I've done that too, used a bag of lead-shot. I think that, or things like LeadSleds, are tough on scopes and scope-mounts though. But it is true that benchresting a hard-kicking rifle is tough on a guy. I tend to experiment with handloading, trying different loads, a lot, so tend to shoot from a bench a fair amount as a consequence. When I was shooting that 375H&H a lot I'd generally try to get it shooting where I wanted, and then go to offhand for practice. Shooting it from a prone position was especially unpleasant, so I rarely did that!
My co-worker had one of these Sako .375H&H Mannlichers

that weighed under 8 lbs while we were in Alaska and I shot it quite a few times. Would knock you around. One day we found a piece of 1" steel plate and shot at it. The .375 made a big crater in the plate and my .300 BAR went right through the steel.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #26773
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Out here in the land of the Macho, all the hunters we see out for Deer have 300 win mags, or 338, 358, 458. I guess they feel more macho with a way too big gun for Deer. I use to hunt deer a lot and was usually the only one to tkae one every year with my little soft shooting .243.
One of my best friends, a guy in his late 50s, hadn't hunted since he was a young man and decided to take it up a couple of years back. He wanted to go after deer so asked if he could borrow a rifle, didn't own one, so I loaned him one of my 308s. He got a deer and was happy with the rifle/caliber combo, but the next season he decided to buy his own gun. He ended up with a 300 Remington Ultra Mag! Good gawd that thing is obnoxious. Noisy, kicks like hell, I named it the Thermonuclear, or just the Thermo for short. He shot a deer with it last season and it practically dissintegrated the forward quarters of the animal. The meat, even in the hindquarters, was blood-shot. I wasn't present when he took the shot, was about 300 yards away, but even from that distance my ears were ringing and when I arrived on the scene-of-the-crime, which is pretty much what it was, there were bits of hide and blood and bone all over the place.

So, on my recommendation, last spring he purchased a nice Marlin 1895 in 45/70. I told him that I think he'll be happier with it for the close-range deer hunting that we do around this area, plus it's enough gun for anything bigger and meaner that he might encounter.
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Old 09-14-2012, 10:41 AM   #26774
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My co-worker had one of these Sako .375H&H Mannlichers

that weighed under 8 lbs while we were in Alaska and I shot it quite a few times. Would knock you around. One day we found a piece of 1" steel plate and shot at it. The .375 made a big crater in the plate and my .300 BAR went right through the steel.
Sweet, that's a really beautiful gun. I love the 375H&H caliber, think it's just an outstanding round and would be excellent for Alaska. And even though it kicks a bit, I don't find it as obnoxious in that respect as I have the several 338s I've fired over the years. Does anyone here remember the 8mm Remington Magnum that came out a number of years back? I think it was in the '80s although am not positive on that, but I shot one of those.....just once. Holy shit. Nasty.

My Mannlicher is a Ruger Hawkeye, in 30-06, my primary hunting rifle for the past few years. This year I'll probably carry the Guide Gun just to change things up. I love the looks of a Mannlicher.

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Old 09-14-2012, 11:07 AM   #26775
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You know, every time you post that pic I kick myself in the ass for getting rid of my 308 like that. Please stop, I'm old and can't take much more self abuse.
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