I've got a 338 Win chambered in a Winchester Sporter LT. I've got a muzzlebrake(vais) and a limb saver on it. With hot 250 grain loads, it kicks about as much, if not a little less than my 7mm Rem (which is bone stock ruger M77) with moderate 150-160gr loads. With 200 grainers, the 338 does not kick at all. Comfortably, I could shoot 40-60 rounds of 200-250 grain bullets without any problems. Hope that helps
If you are looking to tame it off the bench, buy a PAST pad. it is a slip shoulder pad that has a special material that really takes the sting out of shooting heavy recoiling magnums. Cost is about $30 and most full line sporting goods stores and catalogs have them.
When looking to "tame" my .300 win mag, I decided on an Answer Products brake and really like it. Yes, your rifle will be louder to the shooter with a brake, but it is so much more fun to shoot! [img]images/icons/tongue.gif[/img]
They did great work for me. I think there address is www.answerrifles.com
....when they pry my cold dead fingers from around it
Another suggestion is to get the rest that looks like a cradle. Has a front and rear rest connected by a pipe and bottom plate.
That way the rifle is 'held' in this device and a lot of weight can be put in the tray. All that weight will dampen recoil. Not sure how well it will feel for accuracy but interesting to try for heavy kickers.
Personally, I use muzzle brakes, rifle weight/pads, and shoulder pads whenever I shoot a nasty hitter.
Still shooting 225gr @ 2800 and a little more at times. And not having any further problems.
Dug out the dremel tool and dug out as much wood as I thought appropriate from the fore arm. Took the biggest drill bit that would chuck up in my drill and went as deep as I could with 3 holes in the butt stock.
Wanted to add about 1.5 lbs but there wasn't enough wood that didn't look like it was necessary. Melted what I could up front and put the rest, 7 1/2 shot in the butt. Added maybe a pound. Its up to just about 10 lbs.
Carried it for 4 hours on an easy hunt the other day and 2 hours today. Kind of nice. Fired several shots, standing and elbows on the bench. No problemo! Wearing only a tee shirt and no pads etc.
She's a keeper.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!