Recoil

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Ermac, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. Ermac

    Ermac New Member

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    When I'm shooting a rifle from rest alot of times my shoulder get the crap kicked out of it but when I'm standing up I'm fine. What gives?
     
  2. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    It is easier to draw the rifle to your shoulder tightly when standing than to press your shoulder into the rifle from a rest. Also, when standing, it is a natural motion to absorb the kick with your full body. Your shoulder gets all of the force when shooting from a rest.

    Ever notice that when you are sighting in a rifle, you feel every bit of the recoil. But when shooting at game, you don't even notice the kick?
     

  3. Ermac

    Ermac New Member

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    That explains alot thanks.
     
  4. Moss99

    Moss99 New Member

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    Basically what Skull said...

    I've found that when shooting from a standing, kneeling or sitting position, the body is free to move with the recoil of the gun but in the prone position or when shooting from a bench, the body does not freely move and therefore absorbs much more of the recoil, giving the effect of a harder kick to the shooter.
     
  5. aliendroid

    aliendroid New Member

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    I guess I'm a ***** but when I fire my 30.06 20 times my shoulder and chest hurts. lol.
     
  6. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    A couple of thoughts for you.

    Pachmyer Decelerator Recoil Pad

    Muzzle Break

    That will tame your recoil to something much more managable...

    JD
     
  7. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    It is all ergonomics. You are in a very different position when you shoot on the bench.

    I think that is some reason why bench guns are so heavy. It is not for accuracy it is to help reduce felt recoil....
     
  8. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    There is a perfect union to be found when bench shooting. It is different for everone. You gotta get behind the rifle with your mass and shoulders. If you are sitting too high, you will get a scope bite. If you have never been bitten by the scope, you have not shot enough. Agian my opinion. (amo)
     
  9. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    :eek::confused:

    Whiskey Tango Foxtrot over?!?!

    Or maybe you were taught the right way to address the rifle in the first place, and you have your rifle fit to your correct length of pull. ;)

    JD
     
  10. skullcrusher

    skullcrusher New Member

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    That's fine if your only shooting purposes are target and target.

    Most shooters I know have engaged the scope and rifle and at one time or another only to have it bark their face. Sure, it is easy enough to address the rifle and position with caution when your target is a target that does not move or breathe air. It is cool when you can buy a rifle fitted and sighted with your length of pull as a guide for a custom deal. The angels sing everytime that is done and paid for.

    So I throw back the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.
     
  11. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    You can add a spacer and a recoil pad to any rifle. For the price of $50, and a couple of hours time, you can prevent scope bite.

    Shooting at angles, shooting from kneeling, shooting from prone, shooting from an off hand position, all can be done safely, all can be done correctly and all can be done without getting scope bit.

    If you got scope bit, and you were "in the field", then there were a couple of reasons it happened. One of which was, your rifle does not fit you properly.

    And just being "in the field" is not an excuse, it's a condition that is part of taking the shot.

    If you hunch the stock, and stick it in your armpit instead of your shoulder, getting your face closer to the scope, because you don't want to risk moving and spooking something, then you are buying into that condition prior to the shot.
     
  12. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

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    been shooting for a long time. I have shot 45-70 lever guns with side mount scopes that would have cut your eye out if you got some scope bite. Never once ever have I had scope bite.

    I gotta disagree with you on that one skull.....
     
  13. Gatekeeper

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    Id save the muzzle brake for the bench-try to avoid using for a hunting rifle. Ask me how I know--just ask really loud.:eek:
    Agree with a good recoil pad. Even my fathers 06 will bruise your shoulder after 15-20 rds bench with its hard plastic pad.
    I bought a Simms slip on pad a while back. Use it on rifles such as my 35 whelen for bench work during load development. Dont really have to use it but makes for much more comfortable lengthy range sessions. I take it off for hunting.
    Also a good cheek weld will keep you from getting scope bit, I like my scopes mounted low for this reason----.02 Ken