Put on a good decelerator pad and use a pillow to sight in with. I have had several shoulder seperations and finally went and bought a weatherby vanguard stainless in the 308. heavy rifle plus decelerator pad = much less felt recoil. Hornady light magmms = 3,000 FPS . Not quite the old Rugar M77 7 Rem Mag ballistiacaly, but no more getting kicked off the hill when sighting the darned thing in:--)
THERE IS SOMETHING SERIOUSLY WRONG when you have a recoil problem with a a 30.06, regardless of bullit weight. Did you have solvent or gun oil in your barrel? Free Recoil with factory 06 loads in a 8.5 lb rifle are between 15-17 lbs(see my previous posts for scientific measurements of recoil energy) What make/model of rifle areyou using? Some of the older rifles have problems that could affect recoil and be simply modified by qualified gunsmith
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...