View Full Version : Recoil: M1A SOCOM 16 and Ruger GSR

December 26, 2011, 02:21 AM
I've shot a bolt action 308, but it was around 10 years ago. Wow, time flies.

I've never shot an M1A SOCOM 16 or any M1A.

How does the recoil of these two rifles compare?

Would a "limbsaver" significantly reduce felt recoil?

I'm not super sensitive to recoil, just want to know what I'm getting into.

Most of my rifle experience is M16A2/M4 and they have next to no recoil.

December 26, 2011, 05:02 AM
M1A socom 16 comes with a muzzlebreak + its a gas operated piston system on top of a 9lb rifle.

GSR is a 7lb rifle w/ a flash suppressor.

I own both, the GSR kicks WAY harder.

Then again a HOT 308 is a bee sting round compared to a 375 H&H.

The recoil difference between both of them should not be a deciding factor if you were thinking of purchasing either one.

December 26, 2011, 11:55 AM
Definitely not THE deciding factor.

Thanks, helps that you own/shoot both.

I guess the GSR's price is more appealing than anything.

December 26, 2011, 10:37 PM
My Socom has very minimal recoil......

December 26, 2011, 10:47 PM
The Ruger is lighter and doesn't have any moving parts to soak up recoil after you fire, so there's going to be noticeably more recoil.

On a semi auto, some of the energy pushing the bullet down the bore is transferred to the loading mechanism. On a bolt action, everything is pushed against your shoulder.