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Old 11-30-2012, 05:51 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

another one worth taking a look at would be a 7mm-08 . it too is based off the 308 . I now have 3 of these and they work well on whitetails . here is a recoil chart that might help you make your decision . Jim


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Old 11-30-2012, 08:02 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

IF you reload, why not try some Nosler 125 BT's and a reduced load for your 308? If you don't reload take a look at Remington "Reduced Recoil".

If you do want to spend money though, a 260 Rem is pretty nice.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:03 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

I would add another + for the 243 over the 260. Not because it's superior, it really isn't but for waht you describe I don't think the 260 is the answer. The 243 with the 80-85gr Barnes loads has WAY less recoil than the 308, I know I own and shoot both.

Before you change your barrel for anything, I would FIRST get a top level recoil pad, like the Limbsaver or Kick Eze. Either one will reduce shoulder pain a LOT. I just added the Kick Eze to my 30-06 and man what a difference. By the way, I go in this Thursday (12/06) for shoulder surgery on both rotator cuff and bicep muscle issue. The recoil of my '06 does not bother either of those, so I know where you are coming from. Mine are not mild loads, I am pushing the Barnes 168gr TTSX over 2900fps.

I also added the Kick Eze cheek rest pad and the combination of the two makes this rifle sweet to shoot. I used to dread range day, but no more.

Try the new pad first, and if that's not enough, you might try loading the 308 with lighter bullets, ie. 125-130gr and matching 260 Rem speeds of around 2900-3000fps. If you reload there are reduced loads published for the 308 by the plenty.

Not talking you out of the swap, just looking at the $$$ aspect of it.
I would also consider the 257 Roberts as well. It will be better that the 260 for lower recoil and can pack heavier bullets than the 243. Many folks consider the 25 cal as the ideal Whitetail caliber.
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:39 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

I own a 260, 7mm08, and a few 308's. I personally can't feel a big difference in felt recoil between a 150 grain 308, and a 140 grain 260 or 7mm08, all other aspects of the rifle being equal. Before buying another rig, and possibly not achieving your goal, you may want to consider recoil reducing devices as others have mentioned. For the ranges you describe, and the size of Carolina deer, you could also consider reduced power loads. For the reasons described, many are down on the use of a good brake, but it is, when combined with a good pad, by far the most effective way to reduce the recoil of a 308 to below 243 levels. During practice, and from prone, ear protection is absolutely required. When hunting, I wear a set of the Silencio, wire connected plugs around my neck. When a shot is anticipated, it takes 3 seconds to stick them in. IMHO, it's not an issue at all.
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:00 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

I'd vote for the 243 also. The recoil of the 260 isn't that significantly different than a 308(just use 125g 308 ammo).

I load 85g HPBT Sierra bullets and 95g Berger Classic Hunters but plain old green box 80g cor-lokt ammo is just fine. IT is nice to see the bullet hit the deer with these through the scope.

One of my buddies loads reduced velocity 55g for the 243 for the young kids to shoot deer with and they work just fine on deer out to 200 yards. They produce recoil similar to a hot 223.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:32 AM
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Re: Lighter recoil

Since they got you covered on the rifle side, I highly suggest to get that shoulder/rotator cuff problem, it's going to get worst unless you take care of it. Now the .308 is bothering you, next whatever caliber you step down to well also bother you.

I had a rotator cuff surgery in June 2012 >>> Had shoulder surgery ... and it turned out great.

Recoil was not not an issue with my rotator cuff problem ... I have problem/pain with overhead range of motion, i.e., spiking a volleyball or throwing a tennis ball.

In short, find out what's causing the pain and have it fix.

Good luck!
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Re: Lighter recoil

Another option is long range pistols like Styker, XP, Encore, etc ...
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