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#7222251 - 12/24/12 07:58 AM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: gunchamp]
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In my experience, any big bore shot seated at a bench will really hurt. Best to shoot offhand, from a standing rest or from the sticks. Rifle fit is of critical importance with a big bore.

My .470 is quite tolerable offhand for 10 to 12 rounds. More than that and I have a headache later in the day.

The two rifles I usually bring to Africa are a .416 Rigby and a .470 N.E. Neither is punishing regarding recoil. And I practice a lot with them in the months preceding the safari.

Most unpleasant rifle was an issue 1903A3 Springfield. The stock design was very poor for me and the rifle didn't fit me at all. Shooting it from the bench just plain hurt.

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#7223136 - 12/24/12 11:59 AM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: Winchestermodel70]
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.460 Wby.

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#7223230 - 12/24/12 12:22 PM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: 1234567]
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You will all laugh when I tell you this, well, those of you who have never fired one! The most violent recoil I have ever experienced? Perhaps a 12 gauge single shot with 3 inch mag goose load? .375 H&H? .458 Lott? None of these. It was the Smith and Wesson J Frame Scandium revolver in .357 Mag. That damn thing felt like a bomb going off in my hand! Honest to god, it was like someone hit me in the hand with a 2x4! I bought it for an ultralight backpacking gun (it weighed 11.4 oz) but sold it after firing three boxes through it. After firing a full box of .357's through it one day, I couldn't open a door knob with my right hand for a full two days afterwards!

As far as long guns go- has to be my Benelli Super Black Eagle II with 3.5 inch buckshot through it. Weighs way less than my .458 Lott and will buttstroke the hell out of you off the bench! The .458 Lott is a "nice push" in comparison.

-John
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#7223282 - 12/24/12 12:43 PM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: TrueAt1stLight]
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Shot some max book loads through a T/C Encore 416 Rigby, weighed a little over 7 lbs. That was brisk!
I quit shooting 3.5" shells through my Mossberg 835 12 gauge. It recoils more than anything I've ever shot except for the 7 lb Rigby.
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#7224084 - 12/24/12 05:08 PM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: TrueAt1stLight]
colorado Offline
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Originally Posted By: TrueAt1stLight
You will all laugh when I tell you this, well, those of you who have never fired one! The most violent recoil I have ever experienced? Perhaps a 12 gauge single shot with 3 inch mag goose load? .375 H&H? .458 Lott? None of these. It was the Smith and Wesson J Frame Scandium revolver in .357 Mag. That damn thing felt like a bomb going off in my hand! Honest to god, it was like someone hit me in the hand with a 2x4! I bought it for an ultralight backpacking gun (it weighed 11.4 oz) but sold it after firing three boxes through it. After firing a full box of .357's through it one day, I couldn't open a door knob with my right hand for a full two days afterwards!

As far as long guns go- has to be my Benelli Super Black Eagle II with 3.5 inch buckshot through it. Weighs way less than my .458 Lott and will buttstroke the hell out of you off the bench! The .458 Lott is a "nice push" in comparison.

-John


Shot my friends Ruger "Alaskan" 2 1/2" barreled revolver in 454 Casull with full house loads. There's absolutely no fun in that.
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#7224868 - 12/24/12 09:28 PM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: colorado]
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Worst? Mossberg 500 with 3 1/2" turkey loads. Next, 375 H&H Ruger #1H w/ 300 Partition Hornady High Energy. Beautiful gun, just kicks.
Would Much rather shoot my 300 Weatherby than that turkey load though.
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#7224948 - 12/24/12 09:59 PM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: calikooknic]
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Loc: E. WA / N. ID
My 6.5lb 300 ultra without a brake. I have a marlin 1895 in 45-70 that kicks something fierce when stoked with lots of varget under a 400gr Speer. It really helps that it has no recoil reducing pad of any kind on it. Those two make most my 8.5# 375h&h feel Iike a spit wad shooter.
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#7225056 - 12/25/12 01:06 AM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: Chipolopolo]
AkMike1 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Chipolopolo
Originally Posted By: gunner500
My very worst kicker is an 8-Bore rifle, it fires an 850 gr round ball over 300 grains of FFG Swiss powder at 1400 fps.

The rifle weighs 10.0 lbs even, and IIRC churns out about 190 ft. lbs. recoil energy.

Gunner






I shot this 4 Bore in Australia, it weighted 19 pounds. It was a late 1800's era Bland. It shot a 1500 grain lead ball. It was a pleasure to shoot at 19#'s




I think Bob said those were 1800 grain balls belching out of that cannon. I shot it with slugs (2100 grains IIRC) before and with full loads it'll get your attention!
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#7225058 - 12/25/12 01:14 AM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: gunchamp]
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Here's a couple of other pics of shooting it.




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#7225241 - 12/25/12 05:41 AM Re: Most felt recoil [Re: AkMike1]
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5.5 lb 3.5 12ga with 2 1/4 oz turkey load. tore skin off my cheek

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