I'm 5' 6", 190+lbs, and getting real close to 60yrs on this rock. I enjoy shooting my 28N with a brake, but 10-12 rnds and it starts hurting. Shot a 6lb .375H&H once. One 3 shot group and I was done. That gun recoiled so hard thatit actually bent the side rail of my dad's f-250 bad enough that the tailgate wouldn't close.
Design is key. Most straight comb stocksSome guns/ calibers hurt a bit, some hurt a bunch, some don't move you at all...it's how you mitigate the recoil and where it affects you. Lots of 30 + lb recoil cartridges have little FELT recoil and lots of 20 pounders can kick like a Mule.....Design is the key...( just added this to get your page count up Muddy)
Here's my 458 Lott. Build for an African PH who died before it was built. M70 LHI’ve wanted a Win. Model 70 in a Lott for many years……absolutely zero justification to have one though. Especially since I‘m a “one gun” hunter…..just another that will never be used! memtb
Wow, I have 4 stainless stalkers, 270, 06',300WM, 375 H&H, first 3 have BossBrowning A-Bolt Stalker in 30-06, about 8# with the scope, is the worst recoiling rifle I own. I have to put a foam earplug in my mouth shooting 180s or it will snap my jaw shut and make my teeth hurt. I blame the stock material and design for the perceived recoil issue with that rifle, it's hard tupperware and a really low monte carlo style cheek rest. Same 180gn loads out of a Bergara B-14 and I can shoot 50 in a row and be fine.
Meanwhile 338 Lapua sending 300gn bulelts at 2700 FPS is no big deal. Better stock design, better stock fit, better materials. Even with only a TBAC "brake" that rated very poorly in the PRB test I can shoot it repeatedly without issue. Went through all 20 last range session with it, then switched over to the 300 RUM and ran a ladder test of 30 rounds. I bring my 22LR with me to plink with at the range, that'll reveal a flinch in a big hurry if you start getting shy shooting a boomer.
Stock FIT, not just weight, will make a big difference in perception.
Here's my 458 Lott. Build for an African PH who died before it was built. M70 LH
Turkish Walnut hand picked in Turkey, Titanium firing Pin, Leupold 2-7, 3 leaf rear sight
There is a large difference between threshold and what I enjoy shooting I've shot everything from a rimfire up to a 50bng but truthfully the hardest kicking sucker I've ever had to my shoulder was a cheap 30 06 that belonged to a buddy he said he couldn't zero it so I took and when I got through with it I told him that I didn't ever want to see that thing again it absolutely wore me out we've got 3 300rums around here and they don't hold a light to that dog gone 30 06. The next was a 3.5" 12ga turkey gun that I had it was a pump gun and I gladly traded it for a 3" gun that 3.5 was just punishment to pattern every year before turkey seasonSo all I read is how much recoil affects a lot of shooters so wondering what is your threshold? Is the recoil from poor shooter form? Lightweight rifles? Heavy bullet? Big bore cartridges? Or even smaller stature of shooter? Don't like needles?
I am hoping to beat the hate the cartridge thread number of pages...,,,