View Full Version : Recoil of .243 vs. 22-250

March 30, 2002, 02:05 PM
I'm thinking of getting a .243 rifle but am concerned about the recoil. I'm not recoil shy but am under a restriction due to past retina problems. I have a Ruger KM77VT MKII 22-250 that is quite mild & I'm just wondering how a .243 would compare to it.

Art Eatman
March 30, 2002, 02:14 PM
My pet .243 weighs seven pounds, fully dressed. I mostly shoot 85-grain handloads. (That load has accounted for about 20 deer.) I've always regarded it as about half of an '06, for recoil.

If you're around eight pounds or so with a .243, and maybeso get of these new space-age recoil pads put on it, I'd guess the felt recoil would be no more than your .22-250.


March 30, 2002, 02:57 PM

The heavier the rifle, the less felt recoil there will be if the stock is well designed. If you get another 77VT in 243, it will be 9.75 lbs just like your 22-250. Have the stock custom fitted to you with the installation of a Pachmeyer Decelerator recoil reducing pad. Before this is done have a “mercury recoil reducer” installed in the butt of the stock. The mercury recoil reducers will give anywhere from 10-30% reduction in recoil depending on the load. More like 10% is realistic, but it is noticeable.

So, the combination of heavy weight, mercury recoil reducer and quality recoil pad should give you a 243 that has less recoil with all loads, as compared to your 22-250.

For hunting, I have carried a 13 pound heavy barreled 6MMRem for over 35 years. I am a fan of heavier rifles for hunting as under field conditions of fatigue and excitement, the heavier rifle will hold much tighter groups for all shooters.

Best wishes, Shoney

March 30, 2002, 03:27 PM
You might also try the Kick-Eez pad. Apparently it reduces the recoil even more than a Decelerator.