Originally Posted by ODAVID
NO DOUBT YOU HAVE A FLAME-THOWING-THUMPER
I wonder what kind of ear pretection you use??? electronic ear muffs????
Huh? Did you say something?
I normally hunt in a manner that allows me to quickly insert earplugs (corded style) just before I shoot. I do have some electronic game walker ears but those are a bit of a hassle for me.
I've owned several big boomers in the Encore, all handgun 15"-16.5" lenght:
308 Win (not really a big boomer, but was my first Encore barrel)
30-30 Ackley Improved (Contender)
7mm Rem Mag
280 Ackley Improved
375 JDJ (Contender)
30-280 Ackley Improved
No muzzle brakes on any of them.
My 30-06 JDJ would throw a good fireball when loaded with RL22
The 30-06 JDJ was in a standard taper barrel and was pretty stout in the recoil department. The 7 RM was a factory heavy taper barrel. That barrel was the most vicious in the recoil of any I've owned yet.
The 30-280AI, 280AI, and now this 30-338 barrel are all varmint taper and recoil isn't bad on any of these barrels.
71.3 grains of H4831sc pushing a Berger 175 VLD was fairly mild in the recoil department. Of course, that was only one shot.
I'll have a better feel (literally) for the recoil after spending some time at the bench.