Originally Posted by bobs
I am on my 2nd STW (neither had brakes) and I have found the recoil to be surprisingly mild. On the other hand, I had a 7mm RM that wasn't much fun to shoot. I 'm not particularly recoil sensitive but all things being equal, I find the 338 win mag w/250 gr bullets to be the limit of what I call fun.
I believe the stock design has alot to do with "felt" recoil. My first STW was a Sako M995 in their factory synthetic stock and my current one is a semi-custom with a Rem action in a B&C medalist stock. It is much lighter than the Sako but felt recoil is definitely less. The 7mm RM had a beautiful european style walnut stock.
Because I don't hunt with ear protection I will not use a rifle with a brake. Have lost too much hearing already.
I still have one of those... It doesn't bother me, but all my buddies hate the damn thing. It weighs in around 6.5 lbs with the scope I have on it, and I shoot 160-168gr bullets out of it. Accurate as can be, but don't weight nothing. Perfect for backpacking or hiking or stalk-hunting deer (which is what I use it for).
And it looks just like this... Anybody remember these? I've got 2 of them...A 7mm-08 & 7mm RemMag.
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I also had a .338 WinMag with some 210gr bullets that I didn't find particularly fun either. And I'm like you, and am not recoil sensative. But lightweight rifles with big bullets is not my favorite thing to shoot all day at the range, although I do that very thing, almost every weekend. LOL
I hated that .338, but not because of the recoil, but because I couldn't get it to shoot any of the ammo the dude gave me, that I bought it from. So, after 39 rounds (what I was given), I gave up and unscrewed the barrel and turned it into another 7mm RemMag.