How hard will Remington 760 kick in 30-06?


January 4, 2011, 06:44 PM
Compared to a 12 gauge pump with 00 Buck, how hard should I expect the recoil to be from a Remington 760 chambered for 30-06?

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January 4, 2011, 07:15 PM
Less than a 12 ga with 00 for sure. But, I'd love to have a 760, in any caliber. Its on my short list.

January 4, 2011, 07:23 PM
I've got my grandfather's and the biggest issue adding to hurtful recoil is the metal butt plate, but I really don't want to alter the gun from the way Pop hunted with it. I think it's comparable to a 12 gauge recoil, but not as bad as a magnum slug! Mine also has a 4x Lyman scope on it. Shoots great! I need to take it hunting soon.

January 4, 2011, 07:24 PM
I smell

Just kidding.:)

Depends on bullet weight some, but it ain't no double ought twelve gauge recoil.

January 4, 2011, 07:29 PM
i have never fired a 760 but the recoil compared to a 12 gage 00 load woul be considerably less.
you might try a search in this forum on practical big game calibers(?) by: Kachu. there are very exact #'s specific to those chamberings for you in that thread.

January 5, 2011, 06:50 PM
ive noticed fit is 90% of recoil, at least in my experiance. perfect example of this is that to me my 12ga wingmaster kicks LESS with 2 3/4 in #4 buck than my wifes .243 spartan (remington imported singleshot) for her its the exact opposite, but the .243 has a very short stock almost youth length i cant get it solid to my shoulder and the wingmaster stock is too long for her. longer stocked .243s have almost no recoil for me.

so id have to ask hows it fit you? if you bring it up you your shoulder get a good cheek weld and it all feels good recoil shouldnt be an issue.

January 5, 2011, 07:03 PM
how sensitive to recoil are you? if you're a smaller framed shooter shooting 180+ grainers wearing a t-shirt, you'll know it, but if you're not a small person and you shooting 12 ga 00 buck with any regularity and haven't given up on it, the -06 won't bug you too much....especially when something that is alive until you pull the trigger is involved.

January 5, 2011, 07:36 PM
I've had a 760 GameMaster in 30.06 for about???well its been a long time. The balance is just right for a "walkin around" rifle, and truthfully--I've never really noticed the recoil. I have a 742 "Carbine" in 30.06, that will knock your dandruff loose, but that old pump gun ain't bad. If the metel butt plate bothers you, get a "slip on" recoil pad for when you are actually using the thing. Mine seems to feed and shoot the CoreLoks the best. Good luck!

January 5, 2011, 07:48 PM
I've got a 742 in 30.06. Call me a wuss, but it painful until I put a Limbsaver on it.

January 5, 2011, 08:17 PM
Slip on butt pad should help a LOT and if you get one of the leather lace up ones, it'll come right off :)

Also, if the butt is flat behind the metal plate, you can take it off, install a "pre-fit" pad for the same screw spacing, then reverse it if you want to at any time :)

There are some very nice "decelerator" tubes that will go into the stock bolt hole. With one and a pad, it should be quite manageable :)

January 5, 2011, 11:11 PM
The fit was pretty bad for me. I am a pretty big guy at 6' 5" and a little over 250 at the time that I had mine and that sucker kicked the snot out of me. Hated the damn thing. I have 300wm's that didn't feel as bad as that beast with 180's loaded in it. Now granted I didn't notice it when I killed a couple of deer with it. But the damn thing almost put me out of a tree stand. Sold it the next day.

January 5, 2011, 11:37 PM
plenty of 760's in pa

January 6, 2011, 12:26 AM
760 and a Remington 870 have almost the exact same ergonomics. If you can handle one, you can handle the other.

Firing a 165 gr bullet, it's about like a heavy goose load but way less than a slug.

January 6, 2011, 12:49 AM
ive not fired one.

i have fired a 7400 in 30-06 and it wasnt as hard as a model 700 sporter.

it was however considerably harder than an m1 garand in the same caliber
(but in fairness no 30-06 shoots as sweet and soft as an m1)

January 6, 2011, 01:23 PM
I'd say .30-06 recoils slightly less than 2.75-in 00 buck out of most shotguns, and is considerably lighter than 2.75-in slug or any 3-in

January 6, 2011, 02:01 PM
My 30-06 chambered Model 760 was made in the early fifties and has a lower comb than later models, making it more appropriate for irons than scopes but the slightly increased "drop" probably increases "perceived" recoil a bit. Mine has the metal butt-plate and doesn't have the recoil-robbing weight a scope affords (it has a Williams FoolProof receiver sight installed).
Though actual recoil is, of course, objective in nature, so-called "felt" recoil can be a very subjective sensation, varying from one shooter to the next. Shooting positions, manner of dress and the state of mind can influence perceived recoil, one way or another. For instance, for me at least, firing a rifle off-hand at a whitetail while wearing a heavy hunting coat feels a lot different than when I shoot from the bench at bullseyes when wearing a t-shirt.
Shooting my Model 760 from the bench or prone, using 180 grain factory loads, is not especially punishing (about the same to me as shooting 12 gauge "field" shells), but I'm ready to do something else after I've went through a couple of boxes or so. :o

January 6, 2011, 03:37 PM
My 760 '06 has respectable recoil, more than my dad's BAR in '06, but is not as punishing as my Grandfather's Winchester Model 54 in the same chambering!

I think that besides weight, a big factor is the stock design. The stock and metal buttplate on the 760 really isn't that forgiving.

Shooting from the bench in a T-shirt gets a little much after awhile.

Col. Plink
January 6, 2011, 04:11 PM
My 760 30'06 has considerable recoil, short of a 12ga with slugs or 00 buck though. I like my Pachmyr Decelerator slip-on butt pad but it's not always necessary, though I tend to shoot off the pectoral muscle more than the shoulder.

January 6, 2011, 04:13 PM
Brother do I agree with that "shooting from the bench" mess. Just came back from the range, after having a lengthy session with a .300 Weatherby due to scope mal-function. That rifle took 9 deer this year--never felt the kick. Today= headache from hell, sore neck muscles,pulverized shoulder, and one small "scope kiss" ( hurt my ego more than the eyebrow), guess thats why I prefer killing game,,rather than paper. That old 760 pump gun isn't anywhere near that abusive.

January 8, 2011, 06:23 PM
I've fired both; the .30-06 760 with 180 grain loads. The felt "kick" (not the actual recoil) is more than the 12 ga. buck in my experience. This is partly due to the 760's narrow stock and buttplate which don't spread the load, and the 2-piece wood stock is short and has no give, compared to say, a Model 700 with a fat synthetic stock. My 760 in .30-06 is more jarring than a .300 Win Mag Model 700 firing the same bullet some 400 fps faster! As others have stated, a pad helps a lot.

January 8, 2011, 11:00 PM
My Dad had one in 30-06. PA hunters love their 760's and 7600's. It kicked about like 12 gauge high brass and less than buckshot/slugs. It still kicks though.

January 9, 2011, 11:05 AM
If you have to ask, you don't need a 30-06. They're over rated in my book anyway. If you need something that big, go with a 7mm Rem Mag instead. Kicks less, shoots faster and further flatter and kills everything it hits. As far as I'm concerned, a 30-06 has too much recoil for what you get downrange. It's a dog in a sea of more useful calibers. Use what you got :-)

January 9, 2011, 02:01 PM
Having shot both in equivalent bolt-action rifles in terms of weight and general configuration, I've never been able to discern much difference between the recoil of a 30-06 and a 7mm Magnum (there no doubt is a difference in fact, one way or the other; I just don't "feel" it).

Your point is sort of moot inasmuch as the op is asking his question based on the Remington Model 760, a rifle I don't think was ever chambered in 7mm Magnum. If it was, I'd be interested in learning same.

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 05:36 PM
This one's in .308 and has a limbsaver in place of the aluminum butt plate, but otherwise is original but refinished (a '56, first full year of production in that caliber).

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 05:43 PM
trying to show some of the "patina", or blueing loss as most know it.

January 13, 2011, 05:55 PM
it will knock out your teeth and snap your neck!!!

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 05:59 PM
the 30'06 is a far better shooter (a '52, first full year of production for the 760).

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 06:08 PM
The aluminum butt plate

Col. Plink
January 13, 2011, 06:22 PM
better view

January 13, 2011, 07:28 PM
I have a 760 and a 700, both in .30-06. The felt recoil in the 760 is much more noticeable.

January 14, 2011, 12:46 PM
My 760 with a metal butt plate, shooting in a t-shirt from the bench starts to wear me out after 15 rnds. No flinching, but the bruise becomes more noticable. Recoil is relative to the person and experience.

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