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Old October 1, 2012, 10:17 AM   #26
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Lot's of good advice here.

If your application doesn't demand 30-06, you can always go "down" to a bevy of smaller calibers such as (but not limited to) 6.5mm, 7x57 or a 270winchester.

If it's making you unhappy, change.
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Old October 1, 2012, 01:37 PM   #27
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I have fired my NEF Handi Rifle (also a light rifle) .30-06 at deer nine times (and killed nine deer). I suppose it recoiled but I never felt it in any one of those shots. BTW, I shoot a 150 grain Remington Corelokt.
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Old October 1, 2012, 07:58 PM   #28
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The '06 can be a kicker, depending on how its stocked, the fit, and the weight of the rifle and your bullet weight choice. We have (my sis actually) a S$W 1500 in the family that is downright unpleasant with 180's. And I have a CZ Mannlicher that, even hand loaded down with 180's and 200's which it seems to like best, will get your undivided attention.

I'd encourage you stay with 150;s, they will have less recoil, ol' man Newton ya'know. I've had good experience w/ cutting recoil on kickers by getting a premium pad installed like the "Kick-eeze". One on the CZ tamed it down to be tolerable, and another on my short barreled 12ga 3" mag turkey gun helped it as well. Any of the space rubber pads should help. A final option may be to find some of the reduced recoil 'o6 loads commecially, or have a trusted friend work up a reduced load for your rifle. I've done that several times for folks w/ '06 and .270 as well, for beginners.

Do a lot of dryfiring, and limit your bench time. Shooting from field positions seems to reduce the kick, and will make you a better overall shot in the long run.
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Old October 1, 2012, 08:07 PM   #29
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This works for me

Sandbag is good, but I got a Past Shoulder Pad. Mahvelous. I try to give any of my 2.5" rounds, 6.5-06, 280, '06, 7mmRM three shots, then rest a couple minutes. With my 2" rounds, 260 and 308, I go five.
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Old October 1, 2012, 11:08 PM   #30
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Post number 24 is good advice; standing more upright at the bench. Adding a muzzle break will make a big difference, but make sure you wear hearing protection, even when hunting.

Or... go shoot at an elk. My 100 pound wife just shot an elk with a 30-06, and she didn't even notice the recoil.
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Old October 2, 2012, 08:46 AM   #31
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My Winchester Ranger (poor mans model 70) in 30-06 works just fine for me. I can shoot it comfortably with most loads. For competition I poured # 7 1/2 shot into a hole I bored in the butt. For hunting I took the shot out.
Here in Arkansas I downloaded slightly for deer hunting. I also have some heavy loads with heavy bullets. Those do get uncomfortable for me to shoot. I'm not very big. So hopefully this will be a good guide for others.
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Old October 2, 2012, 09:17 AM   #32
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Don't feel bad. 30-06 is too much recoil for me, too. I breifly owned a custom Springfield in 30-06 but half box of ammo convinced me to sell it. I hunt with either my .308 or 30-30 carbine. Or sometimes my .243 rifle. My level of shooting accurasy is directly related to recoil.

Fire up the grill! Deer hunting IS NOT catch and release.
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