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Old January 27, 2017, 11:56 AM   #1
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Most painful rifle kick you've personally experienced

Like the title says, what specific make, model and ammo have you shot that was truly painful. I normally shoot a Barrett .50 BMG, which does an amazing job of managing the recoil with it's mass and efficient muzzle brake. Most high power rifles don't seem to do that.

For me it was a Weatherby 7mm Mag using 160 grain factory ammo. 2 shots and I was done.

Did anyone have an experience like this, where you lost control of the rifle?

So what rifle and ammo was it for you?
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Old January 27, 2017, 12:28 PM   #2
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.450 Nitro 3-1/4" snaps my neck every time. (Sabatti double rifle that doesn't fit me.)

Other things can be uncomfortable (especially if not my rifle); but that's the only one that causes real pain.
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Old January 27, 2017, 12:31 PM   #3
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My Remington 3006 7600 carbine. Kicks worse than anything else I've shot including 7mm REM mag and 300 weatherby.

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Old January 27, 2017, 01:03 PM   #4
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It was a sporter weight, 98 mauser chambered for .375 H&H. I was also shooting a 10.5 pound, .458 Win mag rifle, alternately with the .375 H&H. Believe it or not, the .458 Win Mag was way more comfortable to shoot.
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:09 PM   #5
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BP load of 70 grains with a cast 405 grain bullet, out of a Trap Door Carbine. Should have been 55 grains, but there was no internet then.
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:12 PM   #6
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I was at the range once (wearing a tshirt) and I fired my 30-06 before I'd settled it into my shoulder. It doesn't have a pad and it whacked me right on the shoulder joint.

That brought tears to my eyes.

Otherwise, no.
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:17 PM   #7
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.375 H&H Magnum

.375 H&H Magnum,,,
Dang near took my shoulder off.

Two rounds and I had enough of that bad boy.

I've fired some big cartridges in my life,,,
Nothing before had ever hurt me like that rifle did.

And I'm the kid that grew up on metal butt plated mil-surp rifles.


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Old January 27, 2017, 01:29 PM   #8
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Mine was the aftermarket Katahdin .500 S&W Magnum barrel on a single shot T/C Encore rifle, running the Hornady 300gr FTX load. Rifle weighed very, very little and recoil was absolutely horrendous. I sent four shots down range.

Runner up was some whippy barrel synthetic stock, all too light Savage bolt gun in 7mm Rem Mag. That was brutal.
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:41 PM   #9
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416 rigby, worst ever
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:42 PM   #10
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smith and wesson 1500 in 7mm mag......shot it a couple of times and immediately began looking to sell it lol
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:52 PM   #11
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Toss up between a Ruger 77 .338 Winchester Magnum from a bench rest (my gun) and a Marlin 336 Guide Gun in 45/70 (again from a bench rest, my gun to!)

I've shot .458 WM and .416s off hand and they were no where near as bad.

Now OFF HAND shooting.... My Mossburg 12 Gauge 500 Mariner with 3 inch Buckshot. That is the most awful kicking long gun I've ever shot from any position.

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Old January 27, 2017, 01:55 PM   #12
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My old Hawken

My old T/C Hawken .50, a big heavy approx. 500 grain chunk O lead, and 110 grains of holy Black. The Hawken was fairly light.

Actually was very shootable from a standing position. The "slow shove" recoil was then pretty easy to soak up.

Benchrest was worse, but still tolerable. It was from the prone position that the rifle was truly brutal. That ol curved brass buttplate.....oy vay. My right shoulder looked like I had gone a couple rounds with Mike Tyson beating on my shoulder.

I quickly learned that best accuracy was attained with less powder. Had nothing to do with flinch, was more tolerable with less powder.
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Old January 27, 2017, 01:59 PM   #13
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Custom built 308. 5lbs 4 ounces. Second would be 12 gauge 3 1/2 buckshot from the bench remington 870 with 18 inch barrel. I own two 375 h&h's. I've shot alot of big bore rifles that have broke my grip loose but none hurt my shoulder like the two mentioned. In third place would be a winchester featherweight in .270. It had the pretty green laminated stock and I believe was a special run. My remington 700 in 300 rum knocks my hat off almost every shot but it doesn't hurt. I think the big bores hurt more the next day than they do at the Crack of the shot.
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Old January 27, 2017, 02:03 PM   #14
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British 303 custom shortened wood stock sold it.
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Old January 27, 2017, 02:35 PM   #15
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Benelli Nova Tactical was the worst I've ever had. I'm a weirdly shaped dude (long torso and arms.)

It was my buddy's gun and I was thinking about getting one so we went to the range. I shouldered it and thought to myself "If I buy one of these I'm for sure going to have to get a longer stock"

I put one slug through it and the recoil cause me to basically punch myself in the sunglasses.
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Old January 27, 2017, 02:50 PM   #16
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I watched my dad shoot a single shot 12 gauge with a hardened recoil pad when he was trying to get me into goose hunting. He probably hadn't shot the gun in 15-20 years. When he pulled the trigger I remember seeing the coffee can he was shooting at go down. But he also fell to his knees holding his shoulder.

I hunted with the 20 gauge for another year till I bought a Mossberg 500 12 gauge to use.

That was probably in 1996 and I bet the gun hasn't been shot since.
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Old January 27, 2017, 02:52 PM   #17
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An eight bore muzzle loading rifle loaded with 265 grs of 1f Swiss and a 1095 grain bullet put my thumb to my nose hard enough to wet my eyes! The second shot I figured I would be ready for it but I got the same lesson. Shoulder hurt some but the center of my chest felt like it had been torn. Now I'm a graduate from Africa game rifle school, no more classes needed.
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Old January 27, 2017, 02:56 PM   #18
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Old January 27, 2017, 03:08 PM   #19
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For me it is probably the Winchester 94 in 30-30. Doesn't sound bad but that thin little stock and steel plate has bruised my shoulder more than once. I installed a Packmayr Decelerator slip on recoil pad giving more surface area and a more correct length of pull and I haven't had that problem since.

Always thought it was going to be uncomfortable to shoot 30-06, 444 marlin and 50 caliber black powder because of it. Turns out I was wrong because of that little bruiser.
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Old January 27, 2017, 03:13 PM   #20
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A TC Omega 50cal with 100 grains of BH209, a three hundred grain bullet, and not enough eye relief. I was 63 years old and it was the first, and hopefully the last, time I ever got "scoped". Bled like a stuck hog as the old saying goes. I don't think the recoil was the worst ever, but the result was. I immediately went to 4" of eye relief on another scope the same week.
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Old January 27, 2017, 03:34 PM   #21
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I was a little to relaxed with my Mosin one time while bench shooting and had that steel butt plate slam into my collar bone....ouch!!! Not the hardest recoiling rifle I have ever shot but do to my lack of attention certainly the one that has hurt me the most.
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Old January 27, 2017, 08:16 PM   #22
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I just recalled an incident from my mis-spent youth, and will have to revise my answer in post #4.

I was somewhere between 10 and 12, at my uncle's farm, and for some reason the adults were gone. My cousin and I decided to shoot my uncle's single shot, break open 12 gauge. If I recall correctly it was either a winchester or savage and weighed about 5.5 pounds. My cousin said that he thought the 12 gauge really kicked. (All we had ever fired were .22's and a .410). I was up first and thinking I was wise, I hitched the hard plastic 12 gauge butt plate tightly my shoulder, and then backed my shoulder up, hard against a stout tree.

All I can say is that I was probably lucky not to break my collar bone.
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Old January 27, 2017, 08:21 PM   #23
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Ruger #1, firing a hot 45-70 load.
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Old January 27, 2017, 08:37 PM   #24
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Most recoil is between the ears. Lots of people convince themselves that certain guns kick a lot more or less than they really do. I've shot 300, 338, 8mm, 375, and 416 magnums and didn't find any of them objectionable. The worst rifle recoil came from one of the 1970's era Marlin 1895's in 45-70 with near 458 mag level re-loads. Those only weigh about 7 lbs and came with a curved butt plate with no pad.

Some stock designs make recoil feel a lot worse. While I wouldn't call it unpleasant any lever action in 30-30 or 44 mag hurts a lot more than the numbers say it should. When you start shooting hot 45-70's in that stock design it is no longer fun.

The absolute worst recoil was from 12 ga 3.5" turkey loads from a Remington 870 Supermag.
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Old January 27, 2017, 08:41 PM   #25
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most painful kick you have personally experienced

Ma Duce was hell for e to control and the one at Basic with shoulder stirrups left red sores for weeks.
A.45 CColt bear load 360 grain hard lead, in older Ruger Vaaquero. Load similar to Casul loading.
Bruised my hand an thumbs of both hands.
My Weatherby recoil doesn't bother me but I'e had to replace Leupold steel scope mounts because recoil caused the scope to cut the eye of two or three others. Eye Relief is proper for me and I'm pretty good size.
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M14 with duplex loads or2 bullets in same cartridge, on auto. Bruised my shoulder very badly. Steel checkered flat buttplate.
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Recoil with Pacymer rubber grips leaves rubber on your hand and recoil isa bout like shooting my Rem 600 in 308 with one hand.
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