Re: .243 for less recoil?
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I'm primarily a whitetail deer hunter, with pronghorns in the future plans.
I'm trying to shoot more paper to get better at longer ranges for hunting.
Rifle fits well now, magnum Pachmayr pad installed, also increasing l.o.p. for my long arms. Also have a leather cheek pad on it to keep my head up for proper sight picture.
From what you've told me, I'd probably be better off getting me some reduced recoil loads for the .270 and practice with them. Trouble is - I like to practice with what I'm gonna hunt with.
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The 270Win is a great caliber for those animals. I have a 7mm-08 A-bolt with wood stock, that kicks harder than it should. I also have a 7mmRM with a kevlar/foam stock that is lighter and has less felt recoil than it should. You might think about a different stock. Just my opinion??
I was also around a Ruger M77 that kicked like a mule, until it was glass bedded, then it was fine. I was told there was a "pressure point" that caused the severe recoil. Don't know if its true or if its an old wives tale, but I shot it before and after bedding, and there was a difference.
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