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Recoil

Does anyone have any experience with the Browning BLR. I was thinking of buying one in 300 win mag and was wondering what the recoil would be like from a lever action

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Does anyone have any experience with the Browning BLR. I was thinking of buying one in 300 win mag and was wondering what the recoil would be like from a lever action

A 300 win mag in a lever action will give the same kick as in a bolt action. In those types of rifles it's the shooter who absorbs all the recoil. Recoil in a 300 win mag (especially with a heavier bullet) will be heavier than the common 20 ft/lbs of a 150 gr .30-06 and it will feel harder on you. Various people precieve recoil in various ways. Some are more sensetive to it than others. If recoil from a .30-06 doesn't seem to bother you a bit then you may be okay with that 300 win mag. If you are able to shoot a 3" 12 gauge magnum waterfowl load out of a pump or over/under shotgun with no problem them you'll be fine with that 300 win mag. If the .30-06 beats you up then I would not bother with the magnum. Taiming recoil also has to do with proper shooting technique and shouldering the rifle correctly. Hold it in tight. Also gas operated semi-autos tend to make precieved recoil seem a lot less on the shooter.

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Good post WH! I found when I shot magnum's that I had to learn to handle the recoil. First three shots from my first 338 turned my shoulder black and blue, from standing position! But I did learn to handle it and got to where I could shoot a whole box from a bench without bother. But I had to shoot the thing several times a month or start over. My second 338 was a tang safty Ruger mod 77 and was not near as bad in the recoil department. Both of these rifles had good straight stocks with minimum drop at the heel and should have felt about the same. Looking back I'd guess the Ruger had some cast off in the stock and took the recoil off to the side a bit. Never have I seen where stock fit is more important than in magnums. My first 7mm Rem Mag was the same way, had to learn to handle it but it still wasn't near as bad as the first 338.

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Add a limbsaver pad to the rifle, they work well in taming recoil. Fairly easy to do yourself. I have a light weight 300SAUM that kicked like a mule. Before I put the pad on, I was seriously considering selling it. Installed the pad and now I would't trade for any other rifle.

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Another option that I prefer is to have a muzzle break installed. Because of a shoulder injury, I have installed muzzle breaks on even "mild" recoiling rounds such as 7mm08 and 308. Anything larger than those or any magnum round, I wouldn't care to shoot with out a muzzle break because of my shoulder problems. I did have a BLR in 7mm08 with a muzzle break that for some stupid reason I traded away. Wish I had it back now!!

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I presently own a BLR in .325 WSM, it's a pistol grip model. I also own BLRs in .358 Win and .450 Marlin, both straight grip models. I've owned two or three other BLRs, but in lighter calibers. I'd say the stock design and recoil pad on the BLR do a decent job on fighting felt recoil. However the .325 and .450 both check in at under 7 lbs sans scope and that's pretty light for calibers that heavy. I shoot the .358 at the range with simply a steady rest, but normally like something more, like a lead sled when shooting the .325 or .450 a good bit from a bench. Shooting either one while hunting does not bother me.

The key to shooting hard recoiling rifles is to not overdo it, and to take helpful precautions when shooting them from the bench. Also be sure to buy a scope that suits caliber/rifle combo with sufficient eye relief. Banging your forehead does little to increase your shooting enjoyment, trust me on that one Duh ...lol. Of all the rifles I own and shoot the BLRs remain very high on my list of go-to rifles and rifles I enjoy carrying and hunting with. However the truth is that a rifle model lighter in .300WSM (about 1/2 lb lighter) than the same model is in 30/06 is going to bump you a bit. But take measures to help ease felt recoil at the bench and you will, as I, enjoy that fine rifle I'm sure. Thumbs up

some numbers: .300WSM in 8 lb rifle (figuring rifle/scope/rounds): about 25 ft/lbs shooting a 180gr
.325WSM in 8 lb rifle ( rifle/scope/rounds): about 28 ft/lbs shooting a 200gr
for comparison: 30/06 in 8 lb rifle about 20 ft/lbs

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I own a Stainless Composite BLR in 7mag and the recoil is just fine for me, it kicks no harder than my Sako 7mag bolt action. The BLR is a sweet hunting rifle I love mine! :\:D/

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BLR's are my favorite rifle, and my cabinet shows it. The /06 is a good analogy. I'd describe the 300 as just a little more, but a lot sharper kick than the /06, if that helps. My wife started out with a 30-30, now has fallen in love with a .375 winchester, and can shoot our blr 30-06 comfortably with a 150gr lead hunting load, but at this point I wouldn't let her shoot the 300. Next yr, probably.(she only started shooting just over a year ago.)
I remember my old A bolt 300 kicking like a mule, but it had no recoil pad, and I was a lot skinnier then. Big smile
I actually find the Browning recoil pads to be pretty effective and I'd say about the same as the good pachmeir pads.

If you reload, and the recoil concerns you, you can always start out with lighter bullets and powder weights. At first I found my 450 to be "stout", but after a couple hundred rounds developing a good hunting load I became very comfortable with it, to the point it's now my favorite calibre.
A 300winmag is one heck of a calibre, and in my own personal opinion, likely the best elk calibre ever made. I'd say if you like blr's and see a need for one in 300, go ahead.
It took me some time to get used to the 450, but the calibre is exactly does exactly what I want for moose hunting.

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If you like the BLR in 300 Win Mag go ahead! The 300Win Mag doesn't have enough recoil to bother you that much, if you zero your scope in, and then get off that bench, and do your practicing "STUMP SHOOTING" in the woods, from hunting posititons. The BLR with a scope an a full magazine the rifle/cartridge is heavy enough to medigate what recoil there is from hunting positions. IMO, you don't get to real recoil till you pass the 375 H&H, and you don't notice the recoil when shooting at game even with a 500NE double rifle. Get your rifle and enjoy it!

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If you like the BLR in 300 Win Mag go ahead! The 300Win Mag doesn't have enough recoil to bother you that much, if you zero your scope in, and then get off that bench, and do your practicing "STUMP SHOOTING" in the woods, from hunting posititons. The BLR with a scope an a full magazine the rifle/cartridge is heavy enough to medigate what recoil there is from hunting positions. IMO, you don't get to real recoil till you pass the 375 H&H, and you don't notice the recoil when shooting at game even with a 500NE double rifle. Get your rifle and enjoy it!

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