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Old 07-18-2013, 05:34 PM
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Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

The good (GREAT) news 1st --- just found out TODAY I finally drew an Arizona desert sheep tag!!!

I pared down my long gun arsenal 30 years ago (after I got into archery) to a Ruger .243 (Leupold 3.5-10x) and a sporterized '03 Springfield 30/06 (Burris 3-9x).

The kicker --- I had rotator cuff (shooter shoulder) surgery the end of Sept., followed by labrum surgery this past March. S-o, I should probably be a bit cautious when it comes to recoil ...

So, the question is --- do I go with one of my 2 rifles, or use something else? I won't be purchasing a new gun, but loaners from friends an option (don't know exactly what cals. at this point).

Your input???
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:49 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Congratulations! How 's your upper body strength coming along? Nothing wrong with an 06, but I've never seen a sporterized Springfield that wasn't heavy or clubby feeling. The Leupold 3.5-10x is alright, but the 243 on a once in a lifetime tag doesn't excite me. If one of my buddies drew a sheep tag I'd loan him a rifle, and help carry it. Check out your choices. Good Luck!
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:40 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

What did you have done specifically? I am surprised you had to go in twice for something that's millimeters away from the other. Did you get anchors etc, or was it just cauterized and trimmed?
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:25 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Shot a lot of game with a 243 and 85 grain Sierra HPBT. Son used a 95 partition on a couple. I killed one bighorn ram with a bow and while dressing it and skinning it, it didn't impress me as being any larger than an average muley buck. I'd pack that 243 in a heartbeat. Good luck on healing up.
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Old 07-18-2013, 10:26 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

I agree with icanhit!! You see the labrum when you scope the shoulder. Unless it was a different injury..... Either way, put a good break on any gun and you will be fine. I got a muscle break like one on my 7mm STW and I swear it kicks less than my 270
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Old 07-18-2013, 11:32 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

1st off congrats on the sheep tag ,I have been putting in for that tag for many years so I know the pressure your under after drawing!I love the .243 and it is deadly on coues deer but on this tag! Maybe the 06 with a brake?I am in the same boat with the wife who is a good shot with her .243 but does not like heavy kick and I will be installing a brake on my rifle so she can fill her early az bull tag. Good luck.
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Old 07-19-2013, 12:14 AM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Top drawer surgeon and physical therapist! 1st surgery cleaned up inner shoulder and screwed tendon back (complete separation). 2nd surgery was to screw back torn labrum sustained in later incident involving less-than-competent chiropractor (don't ask --- my chiro of over 20 years had recently retired). Lucky me! Have been rehabbing for strength/flexibility; just got clearance to step up rehab intensity.

I agree with you, HARPERC. As much as I love my ol' Springfield, I DON'T want to lug it all over Creation! While I'm confident my .243 could do the job, having the capability, if needed, of a longer-range OSOK (with lesser recoil) is why I posed the question. Don't know what to expect when I hit the gun range; better cautious than sorry.

Thanks all for your input. We'll see ...
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