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Old 08-06-2011, 11:13 AM
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Recoil

I'm recoil sensitive due to a shoulder injury and am looking for a long range hunting rifle that can cleanly take an elk out to 1000 yds with minimal recoil. Whats acceptable and whats not? I used to shoot a 7 mag, but have gotten tired of the beating at the range. I shoot in real world conditions to practice so no lead sled here! I like the ability to use quality factory ammo so no wildcats if I can help it. I don't mind a heavy rifle. Any thoughts from the recoil sensitive shooters?
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:44 AM
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Re: Recoil

I would stick with the 7mm mag, if you like it. I would just try to make it as heavy a reasonably possible by using a bull barrel and a heavy stock. I would put a muzzle break in it, and a Limbsaver recoil pad.
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Old 08-06-2011, 11:54 AM
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Re: Recoil

Factory ammo, elk, and 1000 yards is not a combination I would recommend for a 7 Rem mag. Perhaps 700 - 800 yards or else move up to a larger case.
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Old 08-06-2011, 12:22 PM
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Re: Recoil

What you're asking is a real challenge. I shoot a 300WM and I don't even carry 1000 yd drops on my field chart, it's too far for elk with even that (larger) cartridge. Maybe I'm overkill but the smallest thing I would really trust on elk at 1000 yds is a 300RUM. Build it heavy and put a nice efficient brake on it...perhaps someone who uses brakes could comment on the nature of the recoil that such a setup would produce.

However, I can't imagine shooting at game at 1000 yds, with any cartridge, with factory ammo. But maybe you have had better luck with factory ammo than me or plan to handload for hunting.
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Old 08-06-2011, 01:35 PM
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Re: Recoil

I would stick with the 7mm mag, if you like it. I would just try to make it as heavy a reasonably possible by using a bull barrel and a heavy stock. I would put a muzzle break in it, and a Limbsaver recoil pad.

+1 on this also you can add a mercury recoil reducer to the stock.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:18 PM
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Re: Recoil

7mag simply doesnt' have enough energy at 1000yds.

For your situation I'd say the smallest you can get away with would be 300wm, and 1000yds on elk even with that is a real stretch.

The safer, and more reliable bet would be 7mm STW, 7mm RUM, or 300 Rum, in a bolt gun.

You should also consider an AR in .325wsm. The AR operating system alone reduces felt recoil considerably, so will the "tube gun" design as it brings the recoil more straight back without the tendency of muzzle flip being as pronounced.

A long 26-28" bull barrel in an AR platform would probably give you the best combination of tolerable recoil and long range power.

If you go with a bolt gun here's two things. Get a heavier Varmint/Tactical/Sniper type stock. In the rear place a 16oz mercury recoil dampener, and just forward of the lug you can place one under the barrel in the foregrip of the stock as well; though you may need a slightly smaller one.

When you have the front one set properly with full free float etc, you can fill the rest of the void with a mix of epoxy and lead shot.

Then of course get a first rate muzzle brake, and good magnum recoil pad such as the limbsavers to round out the package.

You could easily end up with a 14-18lbs rig in the end but if you dont' mind a heavy rig this would be the best way to achieve your ends with a bolt gun.

Heavy is a PITA on long hikes, but heavier is steadier and helps greatly to reduce felt recoil.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:17 PM
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Re: Recoil

my 7 stw has a 30 in bbl with a muzzle break. I am pushing 162 gr at 3290 fps and the total weight of the gun is right at 10 lbs. I am suprised at how little recoil this rifle has. It Actually feels like less than my .25-06 ackley out of a sendero.
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