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Old March 31st, 2013, 05:51 AM   #1
 
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Question Ruger American Rifle in 30-06 recoil - kicking my butt

The RAR is the first 30-06 I've ever owned or fired, and I love it already; I have put around 30 rounds through it on three separate trips to the range. My question/comment is that this thing kicks like a mule. I'm tall with big shoulders and I have no problem handling weapons with recoil, but this gun is really putting a hurting on me. Is it me, my gun; what do you think?

Has anyone put a slip on recoil pad on theirs? I think the gun looks really nice (for what it is - a sub $400 rifle) and I like the Ruger cheek pad; the slip on recoil pads look pretty cheesy to me, don't really want to do that to my RAR.

I've searched the internet for something that I can slide over my shoulder, but haven't found anything I like... Any ideas, suggestions?




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Ruger American Rifle in 30-06 recoil - kicking my butt

30-06 is one caliber I've never bought into. Judging by this:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/recoil_table.htm

It's somewhat more than a 308 (which I have). 308s kick but not bad. And more so with heavier bullets. I've shot a 30-06; it was a long time ago but I don't remember any kick being unbearable.

Is it possible you're not holding the butt tightly enough against your shoulder? It's possible there's some jump. You could also try a sling to tighten your grip on the rifle.

My first thoughts here are posture and hold.
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You didn't say what ammo you are using in it? Lighter bullet weight equals less recoil. There is also lower recoil ammo available.

The recoil pad looks decent so if you need more cushion for your shoulder for bench shooting then use what you need. If you hunt with it you won't notice any recoil when you pull the trigger on the 10 pointer.
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I have an American, in .308 (which I love) and I know that my butt pad is fine; also have a 30-06 in another brand and there's not much difference between them, as far as recoil goes... If it's that bad for you, then put a slip-on pad there too, their cheap enough & usually you can take out the pads, to get the right feel... Good luck...
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I have found that when shooting from a bench using a good shoulder pad is a must. I use a PAST mag plus. For the real big kickers a sandbag between the butt and shoulder in addition to the pad keeps the pain down.
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Re: Ruger American Rifle in 30-06 recoil - kicking my butt

I have this slip on recoil pad on my shotgun. Works great and is relatively inexpensive.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00081...sr=8-1&pi=SL75
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LimbSaver makes some great shoulder pads to wear while bench shooting or sighting in. Replacing the gun's recoil pad with a LimbSaver or other quality recoil pad will also help. The slip on type rarely work well for me. I do both with my Browning A-Bolt .325 WSM (8mm Short Magnum) that has far more recoil than a .30-06. I don't need the shoulder pad if I am hunting. I never feel the recoil with the one or two shots in the field.

I work the hunter rifle sight in service at our club range for eight to ten hours a day. Many people ask me to shoot their rifles to see if the issue is them or the rifle. I end up shooting from .223 up to .458 Lott. I have the thickest LimbSaver shoulder pad available.
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I have found that when shooting from a bench using a good shoulder pad is a must. I use a PAST mag plus.
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I use the same pad and really like it while on the bench---takes the bite out of recoil.
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Osteend,

You are worried about a slip-on recoil pad looking goofy? Its a slip-on, when the popular kids sit next to you you can take it off quickly.

Seriously though, if you're sensitive to the recoil of a 30-06, you have to decide what is more important to you; fashion, or function.
If function is your goal, if something works then you shouldn't care what it looks like.
You also need to decide what you want the fix to affect, and whether or not you can carry weight. My 308 is primarily used as my 1,000 yard bench gun, with Fall hunting.
Because I shoot a few hundred rounds per sitting, recoil builds, and monkeys with my groups. So I added weight to the stock, it now weighs 21#. I have no problems with recoil induced groups, and am perfectly happy to walk a few sections at a whack, chasing deer.

Best of luck with your decision.
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As said what weight bullet are you using. Lighter will kick less. Hold the gun tight to the shoulder too.
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The RAR is the first 30-06 I've ever owned or fired, and I love it already; I have put around 30 rounds through it on three separate trips to the range. My question/comment is that this thing kicks like a mule. I'm 6'2" with big shoulders and I have no problem handling weapons with recoil, but this gun is really putting a hurting on me. Is it me, my gun; what do you think?

Has anyone put a slip on recoil pad on theirs? I think the gun looks really nice (for what it is - a sub $400 rifle) and I like the Ruger cheek pad; the slip on recoil pads look pretty cheesy to me, don't really want to do that to my RAR.

I've searched the internet for something that I can slide over my shoulder, but haven't found anything I like... Any ideas, suggestions?
The light weight of the RAR does transmit more felt recoil compared to a heavier wood stocked gun. I think that's why Ruger designed an especially
soft and squishy recoil pad for it. If it's not working for you, maybe consider a more advanced recoil management solution such as the pneumatic or hydraulic piston type. Also the way you are shouldering the butt could be a factor.

You could also try shooting two or three rounds of skeet then shoot your 30-06. After that, you will hardly notice the recoil at all In all seriousness though, when I shot skeet and trap I used a shoulder pad, that helped me out a bit.


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You didn't say what ammo you are using in it? Lighter bullet weight equals less recoil. There is also lower recoil ammo available.

The recoil pad looks decent so if you need more cushion for your shoulder for bench shooting then use what you need. If you hunt with it you won't notice any recoil when you pull the trigger on the 10 pointer.
I'm not an expert on this subject, but I'm inclined to believe this is not necessarily true. Lighter bullets generally have a greater powder charge to push the bullet at a greater velocity. I would think more powder would mean more recoil. If I'm wrong please let me know, I'd be very interested to know if this is the way it works.
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Sew a recoil pad into your shooting vest or jacket. It's always there.
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My Winchester Model 70 in 300 mag used to bruise my sholuder after 10 rounds or so. Got a pachmeyer pad, and it is much better now.
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A shooting vest with pad or taking the gun to a gunsmith for a better butt pad may be worth thinkig about. Whatever you do, there is still gonna be alot fo recoil. You went after a big honkin bullet, gonne be a big honkin boom.
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+1 for the Limbsaver slip-on pad, makes a difference.
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