Re: Need Help for Baby Bro
Down in the Bullets, Barrels, Ballistics Section is a Sticky which is an excel based recoil calculator.
The general rules are
Light rifles recoil more than heavy ones
Heavy bullets recoil more than light bullets
Faster bullets recoil more than slower bullets.
One thing I used to do before I bought the shoulder pad was to to take a bath towel and fold it a lot of times and just drape it over my shoulder when shooting and use it as a recoil absorber. I have also taken heavy duty bubble wrap and cut it into a good shape and duct taped several layers together and safety pinned it to my shirt for a recoil pad.
I try very hard to avoid developing a flinch because once you get to flinching it is hard to break.
I would not particularly worry about a 308 or 30-06. With 160-180 grain bullets, recoil should be moderate and if he will wear some kind of pad while practicing everything should be fine.
I do not shoot a light 308 (mine is fairly heavy) so it is hard for me to compare it to a 12 guage but think the 12 gauge will feel worse.
The Smokin Fur Rifle Club