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Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
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Recoil

what is the best way to control recoil? I recently injured my shoulder and a little concerned. I use rem 30-06 180 gr Was thinking of going down to 165 or 150 for black bear

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Location: Wa.
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Boy, that's hard luck at the onset of the season. A lighter bullet will only decrease recoil by a ft/lb or so.
Can you shoot with the other arm?

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Location: Alabama
Joined: 08/25/2003
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You might consider switching to a lighter caliber or installing a good recoil pad.

A year or so ago I had to have my wisdom teeth removed on a thursday and we had planned a rabbit hunt and skeet shoot on the following saturday. I took a bath towel and wrapped it around the stock and butt of my 1100 and wrapped the towel in duct tape. I shot over 100 rds that day with no discomfort.

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Location: Missouri/Arkansas
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Bring along something to put between your shoulder and the stock. Even a scarf should work. A slip-on recoil pad is another option.

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Location: Utah
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OTOH:

While I recommend sticking with 180-gr. 30-06 loads, once the rifle is sighted in, you won't feel the recoil in the field when shooting live game.

Having someone take a little recoil punishment at the range to sight it in might be a good idea, with you firing just a couple of shots (with a heavy sweatshirt balled up on your shoulder) for confirmation.

Good luck!

Steve

P.S. All my rifles and shotguns have Sims Limbsavers Pads on them (even the 30-30) as my wife and sons frequently shoot all of them at the range or for clay pigeons.

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Location: Utah
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Milliondollarbear:

Any ideas as to how you might proceed with handling recoil with 180-gr. 30-06 loads of bear?

Steve

Location: Minnesota,
Joined: 08/28/2004
Posts: 259
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Well, if I see a bear it should only take one shot. I'll just have to tough it out . I'm going to bait this week end,thinking 'bout firing a few rounds and see what kind of pain that brings. I have always used 180 gr for every thing so I know what to expect with recoil.If it works out right the bear will be in worse shape than me Big smile

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Location: Utah
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Just one word of advice when baiting bears: make sure the bait's smell is stronger than you. Laugh

Good luck and happy hunting!

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Location: Colorado
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Recoil reduction solutions:

1.) Install muzzle brake
2.) Recoil pad
3.) Drill out stock, install mecury tubes.
4.) Download cartridges
5.) Install heavy barrel
6.) Shoot semi-autos. They tend to have less recoil than the same cartridge in bolt actions, especially if the semi is gas operated.

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Location: NONYA,thats in MONTANA
Joined: 07/21/2005
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you could also buy a shooting jacket with the padded shouledr to help spread the impact of the recoil,I have one I use for sporting clays and it seems to help. Thumbs up

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Location: Oklahoma
Joined: 11/02/2005
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My brother just got a sims limbsaver replacement recoil pad and it lowered the felt recoil considerably. Fairly easy fix for just 30 bucks. I would try that before replacing your gun. If you would use it in conjunction with a lighter bullet it might be just right.