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Discussion in 'General Rifle Discussion' started by rhdavis, Jan 6, 2011.

  1. rhdavis

    rhdavis New Member

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    thinking about purching a t3 in 7 mag, little concerned about the recoil in such a lite rifle, any advice or comments from anybody would be great. also looking at the browning in same caliber
     
  2. CA357

    CA357 New Member Supporter

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    FWIW, I had a T3 Lite in .30-06. It was not pleasant to shoot and I love the .30-06 round. Extrapolate to the 7mag from there.
     

  3. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    i find the 7mm mag unpleasent to shoot. 30-06 .308 are doable and make range time fun. i like shooting big bore rifles in the 45cal range because its more of a push than a punch. the recoil pulse is more gentle while the magnums in the 7mm 300 etc are more sharp and painful.

    a good recoil pad and shoulder pad can tame a lot of it. i put a limb saver recoil pad on my 458 winmag and it works as advertised.

    is there a specific reason your looking at one?? or just want one??
     
  4. rhdavis

    rhdavis New Member

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    no real specific reason, alot of other calibers could do the job for moderate range big game, was just interested in 7 mag, looking at more hunting than range time
     
  5. JonM

    JonM Moderator

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    there is a relative of a friend of my dad's that hunts on our ranch down in south texas. he uses a 7mm mag and he has developed such a huge flinch from the recoil he seldom connects with a deer at 75-125 yards. ive seen a lot of people at deer sight in time that bought 300 and 7mm mags and they have a terrible time. they blame their scope their ammo the wind etc. all of em tense right up before the shot. its not a easy rifle round to become proficient with especially if you dont load for it and dont plan on shooting it a lot.

    i would suggest seeing if you cant dig someone up that will let you run a box of ammmo through theirs before you buy if you have never tried one.

    unless your reaching waaaay out for say moose or elk the 30-06 will get it done easily

    any particular beastie your gonna be after??
     
  6. Sniper03

    Sniper03 Supporting Member Supporter

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    I do not know about the TIKA and it's light weight. That might and does normally make a difference regarding recoil. But I use a Remington CDL 7 MM Rem Mag. in Texas and other places each year. The recoil is not bad. Maybe because it might be heavier than the Tika and it has a fine factory recoil pad on it. I do not notice the recoil being that bad at all. But I sure do like the fact that with a 200 yard zero which equals 1.3 inches high at 100. And at 300 I am only 6 or so inches low. And only 17-18" low at 400 yards. For the biggest part anything up to 250 I just aim straight on. And at long ranges it will also take the animal down cleanly and humanely. If there is anything I hate is wounding animals and watching them suffer. I have hunted with just about everything and like the 7MM best for my Texas hunting.

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  7. jpattersonnh

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    I have an old Savage 110 in 7mm Rem mag.
    It has less felt recoil than my buddies .270. So it is not about the caliber, but the rifle/ stock design. My 7mm Savage is really nice to shoot. After a few bolts and a plate in my neck, I am very pleased that it is still a great rifle for me. Still ugly as all hell, and carries like a 2x4, but she does the job. Check out this chart. I hate when people talk about sh!t they have no clue about>

    Rifle Recoil Table
     
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  8. jpattersonnh

    jpattersonnh Active Member

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    W/ my handloads I'm at 1.3" high at 100 and 6.5" low at 300 w/ a 200 yard zero w/ 140gr and IMR4831.
     
  9. Dgunsmith

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    Great rifle...put a Holland's Muzzle Brake on it and it kicks like a 223.
     
  10. stalkingbear

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    Don't worry about the 7mm Rem Mag's recoil. It kicks no harder than a comparable 30-06. Shoot a T3 in 30-06 or 7mm Rem Mag before you buy it if you can. I would recommend putting a good recoil pad on it however.
     
  11. Sniper03

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    Good Post JP!

    I think were some get into a real problems no matter whether a 308/30-06/ 7MM Rem Mag. or what ever. As JP stated some of the 30-06 rounds have more recoil than our 7 MM Rem Mags. Some start with improper procedures with the rifle to begin with. For example, the person who may really be fairly new to the sport, shooting, specific rifle caliber, or hunting goes and buys a new rifle for themselves. Does not correctly mount the hardware and scope on it which haunts him or her later after attempting to zero and needing to start all over again. Then they do not properly bore sight the rifle first or starts off the first shots at 100 yards not at a closer range for example 25 yards, or whatever to get some rough adjustments prior to moving back. Subsequently they end up not even hitting the target or backer at 100 Yards. "Like Where The H--L Did It Go! What am I saying. They are experiencing undue recoil at that point. Now they are frustrated and continue to shoot and shoot out of frustration and experience undue recoil and waste valuable ammunition. They end up shooting 10 then 20 and maybe even 30 rounds in order to get their zero if they do. Shoulder tender, flinching and the bad habit that just developed. And then want to blame the rifle and tell how bad it recoils. Oh don't forget scope bite! When you get tired, frustrated and not thinking clearly is when it normally happens. Some of us have seen this scenario time and time again. And admittedly some of us have experienced similar situations particularly when we first began before we got instantly became smarter old dogs. So pay attention to the lesson in point. Learn from the old dogs here on the forum. Bore Sight if possible! Even on a street light after dark! (SHHHHHH!) It works also! Then start out at 25 or closer and get it on the paper. You should be able to completely sight a rifle in at 100 Yards with no more than 6 shots max if you bore sight and start out close. Then move back and finalize your zero. Practice and you can become proficient with this.

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  12. Txhillbilly

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    Get the Tikka T3 Hunter,it's not as lite as the T3 Lite version.Or you could get a 7mm-08 caliber and have a lot less recoil,and also pretty decent performance.There are plenty of factory ammo choices for both calibers if you don't reload.
    The Browning is also a great choice.Both of them have some of the smoothest bolts of any factory rifles.
     
  13. kansas45

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    I have a couple of Tikka Varmint rifles. One is a .223 & the other a .308. While these are probably a little heavier than the Tikka Lite, I'm sure a person could do some mods to add some weight. I did put a brake on the .223 & can hardly feel any re-coil at all. The .308 could use one, but I shoot F-TR with it & can't use a brake. I also used some sticky lead wheel weights inside the stock. Not really to add weight, it's there for better balance. I don't know why you couldn't just add more of those to help reduce re-coil in the lite.