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Old 07-19-2013, 05:09 AM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

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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 ...
Dam OK you had some work done, I would be looking to cut recoil and cut it bug. I will add my 2cents on a rifle then. Something in 6.5 like a 260 rem, or a 6.5x47 lapua with a good brake from one of the smiths here. JE custom has a new one and Kirbys painkiller is a great option as always. Also Nate and Shawn have brakes that are proven performers, just pick one you like.
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:04 AM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

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Dam OK you had some work done, I would be looking to cut recoil and cut it bug. I will add my 2cents on a rifle then. Something in 6.5 like a 260 rem, or a 6.5x47 lapua with a good brake from one of the smiths here. JE custom has a new one and Kirbys painkiller is a great option as always. Also Nate and Shawn have brakes that are proven performers, just pick one you like.
I like the 6.5s too even without a brake. If you plan to keep hunting after the sheep expedition you may want to consider going to a pistol like the Striker or XP-100. They put no stress on your shoulder. I used to shoot an XP in .308 without a brake and it was more pleasant to shoot than a rifle in .308.
Congratulations on the tag and have a great hunt!
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Old 07-19-2013, 09:17 AM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Hope you heal up quickly. I would brake a rifle with a JP brake and go hunt. A few shots I would think would go un noticed.

All this makes me a bit uneasy. A few weeks back I lifted something to heavy above my shoulders. (sometimes I still think I am 30) Anyway I felt something in my left shoulder grind or tear. The pain in it the next few days kept my arm below my head. It has gotten better, but still sore. I am using it with care as I work, and waiting for it to heal on it's own. I hope!!

Jeff

PS, If needed, don't over look a 6br with an 8 twist and a 107 SMK or a 105 Berger. Recoil is null and a reasonably placed bullet would easily smoke your sheep.

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:38 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Having had shoulder injuries and overuse and abuse myself, I feel you pain. Minus the burden of a desert bighorn sheep tag weighing me down (I wasn't drawn by the way). I'd feel totally confident with a 260 remmy for a once in a lifetime ram and will be easy on the shoulder even with 140s.

Some of it is in the hold. Keep the butt on your clavical and away from your cuff area and it will hurt less.

If you can, do a few push-ups every couple days and increase as strength permits. It sounds like the wrong way to go but strengthening the muscles around your problem areas is a huge help. You just have to get there without tearing yourself up in the early stages. The good news is that you have some time to get there.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:57 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

I think the .243 could do the job OK. Although..... If one of your buddies has a good semi-auto or muzzle-braked rifle, that might be a better option. The only other option I can think of off the top of my head would be to practice shooting left-handed.
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Old 07-26-2013, 11:33 PM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

When I drew my Mtn Goat tag a few years ago I took my Kimber .243 and shot factory 95 gr Fusion bullets. (Shhh... don't tell anyone I used factory ammo... long story)
A lasered 305 yard shoulder shot put a huge billy down. I found the bullet in the off-side shoulder.
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Old 07-28-2013, 02:21 AM
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Re: Sheep rifle after 2 shoulder surgeries this year?

Thanks all for your interest and input. Looks like I've got a Browning X-Bolt in 7mm-08 to use, shooting 140-grain Federal Premium bullets. There's a ram out there that's going to be in trouble ...
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