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What is your hardest kicking rifle?

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Unread 02-19-2010, 12:39 PM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

My 378 wby mk5 with no brake on it. I will shoot it again when I get a brake put on it. It about knocked me off the bench first time I fired it with those new 350 smk's at 2900 fps.
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Unread 03-01-2010, 06:54 PM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

375 H&H no brake. First time I shot it, it actually loosened a tooth. Bad form off the bench.
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Unread 03-02-2010, 09:50 AM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

My 338 win mag - never could get it to group till i ran it up to max pressure . I have shot a lot of stuff with that HARD KICKING BEAST including brown bear but i need to rechamber it into something else and put a brake on it. Next to that is the 12 ga with 3 1/2 inch shells.
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Unread 03-02-2010, 02:01 PM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

My hardest kicking rifle is a 300 RUM without brake. But it doesn't compare to my single shot 12 guage H&R shooting 3" goose loads. After that come...

3) 20 guage single shot NEF
4) 300 WSM - no brake
5) 7mm RM - no brake

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Unread 03-04-2010, 07:16 PM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

BLR in 450 Marlin by far, makes the Win70 in 338 WM look tame. So the only one where the recoil gives me issues is a Blaser Ultralight single shot in 7x65R, with the very thin barrel I'm aiming at the moon after every shot.
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Unread 03-06-2010, 09:08 AM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

I would have to say,
1. My 416 CZ 550 without a break.
2. 870 Police Shotgun with slugs.
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Unread 03-17-2010, 11:22 PM
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Re: What is your hardest kicking rifle?

#1 .338 Lapua, no brake. 300gr. smk's @ 2700 fps.

#2 .458 wm, no brake. 500 gr. Hornadys @ 2100 fps.

#3 .416 RM, no brake. 400 gr. Noslers @ 2400 fps.

#4 .375 H&H, no brake. 300 gr. Noslers @ 2700 fps.

But when I was in high school I learned an important lesson. Never handload with friends distracting you. We used to shoot a lot of trap after school and after a loading session as described, I got a double charge in my dad's Winchester Model 12 pump gun. I got the bird but the recoil spun me 1/2 way around. The action was locked up and ruined. I was lucky, no injuries. Gunsmith had to open the action. I could read the headstamp on the boltface. Made an impression on us impressionable kids.

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