I can certainly relate to that feeling when shooting! I took a 45 ACP slug ricochet right between the eyes in 2004. I thought the brass ejected hard at first, but then realized my bell was rung so bad it had to be the bullet. I took some jacket to the shoulder too. Took a few seconds to figure out what happened. I shot at a steel IPSC plate that had holes shot in it from a dummy with an AR15. I did not know dents and holes in a steel plate could spin a bullet 180 degrees and back at the shooter.Appreciate all the comments. If I can get the screws out of action, I may try to rough up and bed base with the factory size #6 screws. If they are too
Much of a struggle it will be mailed off to someone to open up to #8 and I will still bed rail to action. My wife's bull elk tag opens nov 6. But I do have have other rifles as well.
Interesting comment about the base being designed for #8 screws. I'll look over the parts closer. The base and screws and rings were all factory nightforce.
This was an eye opener for sure. Now I really know why some bases and actions have pins, or better recoil lugs on rails to the action, larger screen upgrades, etc.
Sucks also because after the scope hit me, it hit the ground. The objective of the scope, the tube is wrinkled a little but glass looks good.
I honestly thought the gun exploded when it happened. But once I got some of my bearings back, I could see it was just the scope.