Anyone else enjoy heavy recoil sometimes?


March 21, 2011, 12:35 AM
I was wondering if anyone else actually enjoys shooting guns with some recoil?

Personally, I find it fun to squeeze off some rounds from my .44magnum. It's a fun way to "wake up your senses" when you get bored. Large calibers are just plain "fun." The loud noise, large muzzle flash, etc are enjoyable!

Anyone else like shoot heavy recoiling guns?

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March 21, 2011, 12:49 AM
I collect Mosin Nagants... nuff said.

March 21, 2011, 01:05 AM
I always get a smile out of shooting my 45/70

March 21, 2011, 01:07 AM
I enjoy it out of Rifle's.

March 21, 2011, 02:38 AM
Even as an older man I just can't seem to get enough of the strive for "More Power"! One of the reasons I own a chronograph is to know I'm getting all the high powered potential of my firearms. I think those of us that enjoy the evidense of high power are the minority though.

Ignition Override
March 21, 2011, 03:48 AM
Well, yes and no.

The Enfield #5 "Jungle Carbine" is handy, powerful and fun. Despite skinny shoulders, don't have a recoil pad and really like aperture sights.

The Yugo Mauser (8mm) is not quite as fun, probably because I really don't like the sights and can't hit much except mud or water, but I never miss. And the ammo is pretty cheap.
The only recoil pad was to lengthen the SKS' short stock but lost it.

March 21, 2011, 04:08 AM
Mosins are *not* a heavy recoiling rifle. Even the M38 isn't that bad.

If you want to start experiencing truly heavy ft lbs of recoil, load a light weight shotgun with hardcast magnum slugs. Or a Ruger No. 1 with B-Bore .45-70. That's the low end of high recoil. It goes up from there, all the way to elephant guns that can literally knock you down.

I don't want firearms to actually bruise me. But I do enjoy the recoil of my .75 blunderbuss with 110 grains 2F in it. It's a light weight piece and really gives a good thump. But perhaps because of the black powder it's not as sharp and doesn't actually hurt.

March 21, 2011, 06:54 AM

but yes, i do enjoy the push and bang of some bigger cartridges :)

March 21, 2011, 07:10 AM
Ah yes. Give me a 12ga with some magnum rounds and I am happy as a clam.

March 21, 2011, 07:38 AM
Only the first shot. Then I reach for a 22LR.

March 21, 2011, 07:56 AM
My hardest thumper is my lightweight .308 carbine, and while I do enjoy touching off a few, it starts to get old after around 20 or so. In a handgun, I can shoot more .44 mag. than I can afford and be just fine with it.
Biggest I've ever shot was a 375 H&H, and it just wasn't fun for me.

March 21, 2011, 08:08 AM
I dont actually enjoy heavy recoil.

However, a few magnum 12 gauge slugs fired here and there puts a smile on my face after I reorient myself.

March 21, 2011, 08:30 AM
As long as I am alone at the range, I like firing some .357 in a light hot configuration for a big muzzle blast, concussion, and noise. It makes me smile. And when it hits what I aim at, it's even better.
I think the reason is the same one that made us crash our toy trucks into each other when we were 4.

March 21, 2011, 08:40 AM
I like my 7mag recoil because its a good training tool. If I can shoot accurately without flinching and consistently, it makes me a better shooter of my softer guns as well.

March 21, 2011, 08:43 AM
lets see..

45-70 with +p handloads

7.5" blackhawk 45lc loaded to almost 44mag velocity

weatherby mk V 300 wby mag

not a 600 overkill express or anything.. but they wake you up faster than a whole pot of coffee

March 21, 2011, 09:00 AM
My 450 Marlin is my favorite long gun to shoot, apart from the price of ammo.

March 21, 2011, 12:11 PM
I know I do. Just this last weekend I finally got to shoot my new 91/30, and being kinda let down because it didn't kick nearly like I expected it to :D

B yond
March 21, 2011, 12:14 PM
yes sir!

March 21, 2011, 12:33 PM
Yes. I sometimes like a bit of recoil, thats why I enjoy taking an airweight JFrame and shotgun to the range. I do like knowing that what I'm shooting has a bit more umph than a 10/22 or .380. I don't like to just shoot hard hitting guns, but every now and then I feel the need for, as Jeremy Clarkson would say -



SO yes, I do like guns with lots of recoil sometimes. Maybe I'll pick a .577 Tyranosaur sometime in the near future...

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

March 21, 2011, 12:40 PM
i do like shooting 3" Magnum 12 gauge loads out of my 870 once in awhile, but thats just abt it, my shoulder gets sore after a few mags from my Bushmaster :o

March 21, 2011, 01:15 PM
My favorite gun to shoot in my collection is my Remington 375H&H mag. It dose seam that im the only one who ever wants to shoot it thou lol.

March 21, 2011, 01:19 PM
Yes. S&W 460 Magnum

March 21, 2011, 01:27 PM
Yes, for fun, but not for defensive purposes, and the same goes for blast & flash.

March 21, 2011, 02:48 PM
The only gun I recall not fun to shoot was a 700 ADL I bought back in the mid 1980s. It was in .270 win. and came with only a hard plastic butt plate. I'm a very small framed man, 120 lbs., so I don't have any shoulder to speak of to absorb heavy recoil, even with a good recoil pad. I tried one of those slip on recoil pads, but quickly decided that was not the answer because it was bulky and unstable.

March 21, 2011, 03:22 PM
I collect Mosin Nagants... nuff said.
+1 and 12 ga. slugs for me.

March 21, 2011, 03:59 PM
No, H!ll No, and No way. Pain is God's way of telling you to STOP that. But then, at my age I prefer slow women, slow cars and sloe gin.

March 21, 2011, 07:23 PM
On those days when I simply must hurt the targets, my .45 Colts with 250 grain cast lead bullets over a case full of black powder are very satisfying.

And loud.

And smoky.

March 21, 2011, 07:54 PM
Aside from the several milsurp rifles, I love to shoot my 6.5 inch blackhawk, .357 mag. home grown "thermonuclear" loads, my 7.5 inch super blackhawk, .44mag. and the american deringer .45acp, but to top off my day, I like to shoot my 10 inch TC contender, 30.30 win.

And if I may say so, I wish I had the $$$$$$$ to purchase the TC encor 30.06, but alas, I don't see it comming any time soon.

I once shot a rifle that I tried to talk the owner out of, he was a gunsmith, with a ruger #1 that he wild catted,, .458win.mag, necked down to .270 he used it for elk, and he told me that it chronied at just under 6000fps, That puppy could kick.

March 21, 2011, 07:58 PM
Very much.

For my shooting buddies, I sometimes load a 460 XVR with a .45 Colt cowboy load, .45 Colt SD load, .45 Colt hunting load, .454 Casull and .460. I demonstrate one cylinder, and then hand them the gun once it's reloaded. I tell them, "Shoot for as long as it's fun, then stop." Most stop at 3, but a few shoot all 5. And smile!

Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: repeated shooting with heavy handgun loads requires proper technique and proper equipment: shooting gloves, rubber grips. After that, it's like a lot of sports: have fun, but know when to stop!

To me, heavy rifles are eaier than heavy handguns: you can get a pretty good approximation of my heaviest-recoil rifle just by shooting slugs out of a 12 gauge pump.

March 21, 2011, 08:00 PM

March 21, 2011, 08:15 PM
I must enjoy recoil. I shoot 475 and a 500 S&W revolvers all the time, now when I shoot the 41 or the 44mag I don't even notice the recoil.

March 21, 2011, 08:19 PM
OH PAIN, I love it. Thats why I have those oxycodone pills to take it away.

March 21, 2011, 08:37 PM
yes!!! ITS FUN half the fun of M44 is kick but overall flash and blast are even better makes friends 22's seem well kinda silly. i always thought it was a tim allen thing more power!! bring it!

March 21, 2011, 09:15 PM
Some of us have gotten past the teenage years and realize that recoil is a serious, debilitating situation that is not to be made fun of or ignored - when you get a little older and you can't raise your arm above your shoulder, of every morning you have to work through the "tingling" in your hand and shoulder, then you'll realize it isn't such a good thing


March 21, 2011, 10:13 PM
Yep, its fun in short doses. Not really a fan of dealing with it over and over again though.

March 21, 2011, 11:09 PM
I just love the fire belching mule kickin big calibers.:D
500 S&W and 500NE are my biggies for me as of late.:neener:
Next up will be a 50 BMG:cool:

March 21, 2011, 11:15 PM
How true, how true.

Oh the folly of youth!

Glad I was able to make it to the wisdom of oid age.

March 22, 2011, 04:04 PM
Both of my brothers own a S&W 500. When I feel the need for some heavy recoil, I,ll put down the Cetme...Load the hand cannon with some 525grns and let fly. That will quench the urge for a couple of weeks:what:

March 22, 2011, 04:17 PM
If I could afford it, I'd buy one of these in a heartbeat. I'd probably only take it to the range once or twice a year, but still...

Chris "the Kayak-Man" Johnson

March 22, 2011, 06:05 PM
My favorite gun is my 45-70. My handloads breath fire. I grin every time I pull the triger.

March 22, 2011, 06:18 PM
It's good to know how to use these hard kicking weapons but when you have a bad back and a bad right shoulder, the fun wears off fast but the right scenario, I wouldn't hesitate a minute to pull out my MAK90 or my SKS. They say the Mosin's kick like a mule, so I'll have to pass on this rifle unless it comes my way for very cheap or free. I'm not into S & M as far as pain!!

March 22, 2011, 06:21 PM
You'll get older and wiser. Mayhap medicine will make advancements to take the neverending pain away in the future.

March 22, 2011, 06:28 PM
I'm getting more selective. I'll take the pain to train with my 442-1 using +p loads. That is a life saver.

The .338 Win-Mag I bought a few years ago, I'd like to use the way back machine and buy a .308 heavy barrel target rifle instead.

My 1895 Guide Gun, I've shot it with loads it will take, now I shoot it with loads I can take.

I got nothing to prove, I'm older, I'll just load things to the level that is fun for more than half a box except for that J frame. That is my carry gun.


John Wayne
March 22, 2011, 06:32 PM
It varies.

I have a blast shooting full loads in calibers like .44 Magnum through a 10" barreled Ruger single-action, or .41 Magnum loads in a S&W 57. Mosin Nagants are fun to shoot too.

I do NOT enjoy the recoil that comes from shooting hard-kicking calibers in light-for-caliber guns. .357 Mag through a Scandium J frame? .300 Win Mag in my <6 lb Colt rifle? No thanks! I'll stick with the lightest loads I can find and shoot the real stuff only when its needed. I can warrant taking a shoulder beating for a shot on a moose, but the other 99% of the time, paper doesn't know the difference.

They say the Mosin's kick like a mule, so I'll have to pass on this rifle unless it comes my way for very cheap or free.

Mosins don't recoil that bad at all. The 91/30 and even the carbine variants are pretty heavy rifles, and fire a cartridge that is ballistically similar to a .30-06. I doubt you'll have a hard time finding one for cheap, most are under a hundred bucks.

I think the Mosin's reputation for recoil comes from the fact that it has a steel butt plate, is pretty loud, and is cheap and often purchased by people who haven't shot anything but a .22 LR to compare it to. In my experience, most new shooters don't find the recoil objectionable when coupled with a slip-on recoil pad.

March 22, 2011, 06:35 PM
I have a couple flame throwers that I like to take out and shoot to wake up the senses.

S&W 460 XVR 8 3/4" - It's a blast to shoot and ammo prices have come down quite a bit recently. Took my first deer with it this year.

Mosin 91/30 - I love low light shooting with this thing. Thinking of a recoil pad for my next one.

March 23, 2011, 01:19 AM
I hate recoil. My .44 magnum and 10mm are two that I don't consider heavy kickers, though the .44 can get properly interesting when shooting 300 gr loads. Now, my .45-70 Contender pistol with tapered barrel is downright punishing and no fun at all, even with full Magnaport and gloves. I really can't see what these guys see in S&W's .460 and .500 caliber revolvers. Though I've never shot one, I surmise they're too much gun for me. My favorite guns to shoot are all light kickers, .22s and my FAL. My EDC is a .45 and is by no means objectionable, though it is very small and light. I have a new shotgun to try out, but it's an auto, so I expect it to be interesting, but less of a kicker than a comparable pump.

Ignition Override
March 23, 2011, 03:08 AM
If the gun has really good sights and the recoil is not severe, aren't such guns more fun?

Comparing two guns with the same sights, the Mini 14's "recoil" felt weak compared to that of the Mini 30, and so in order to find quick cash for the first Enfield, the superbly reliable Mini 14 was sold.
The gun which is better at destroying a target is preferred.

March 23, 2011, 03:17 AM
I like big recoil in a revolver but not in a rifle. Guess my hands are tougher than my shoulder.

Ruger GP100 fan
March 23, 2011, 03:55 AM
Yes. More for the report and flash,though. The biggest I have is 357,but fully loaded with 296/H110 it sounds so delicious.

March 23, 2011, 07:16 AM
Some yearas ago I was going to go deer hunting in a "shotgun" only area. I didn't own a dedicated slug shotgun or even a barrel for an existing gun, so I decided to just buy a new one.

I purchased a New England Single Shot with a rifled barrel. It was even cheaper then buying an extra barrel. I remember sitting at the bench with a stack of different slug brands to se what the gun liked. I quickly learned I did not like its recoil at all.

I have fired many shotgun rounds. Most of them have been off-hand and with light field loads. Sitting at a bench with a shotgun that barely weighs six pounds and touching off slug loads in a whole different story. That gun simply kicked the snot out of me. I was going to use three shot groups as the standard. Quickly I changed it to two shot groups.

Shooting a heavy kicker once in awhile can be fun. But if recoil is fun, this little shotgun pegged that meter.

Axel Larson
March 23, 2011, 11:56 AM
Yes I do like recoil every now and then, with my supernova tactical, 3 and a half inch slug out of a light weight 12 gauge is fun.

March 23, 2011, 01:00 PM
Pistol yes, Rifle no.

March 23, 2011, 08:00 PM

March 23, 2011, 08:05 PM
recoil from bigger framed revolvers and long guns yes ...from snubbies not so much...

Ohio Gun Guy
March 23, 2011, 08:06 PM
not really....

March 23, 2011, 08:07 PM
7.5" blackhawk 45lc loaded to almost 44mag velocity

+1. But only a half a box of 'em before I switch to something milder (otherwise I start flinching)

March 23, 2011, 08:12 PM
Not anymore.

I can still feel those 12 Ga slugs I fired out of my H&R single shot Topper shotgun. I fired the thing off a bench, to see where it grouped. That really hurt. :(

Pistol Ranch
March 23, 2011, 09:44 PM
Just bought a Ruger 77 in 7 mag (see it in another thread). Test fired it 5 times wearing a T-Shirt (No lead sled) It has my attention:what:.


March 23, 2011, 10:00 PM
There was a time in my youth when I enjoyed heavy recoil guns, however now that I'm older I just don't feel the same way about them anymore. I'd rather shoot guns that I can shoot all day long without having to stop because it gets painful.

I'm not a fan of heavy recoil at all when it comes to handguns. For compact autos I don't like shooting anything more than 9mm and for fullsize autos nothing more than .45ACP. For revolvers with anything less than a 4" barrel nothing more than .38 Special, for any revolver with a longer barrel .357 Mag is my max.

As for rifles if the gun is too painful on the shoulder then I don't enjoy shooting it. It really isn't a matter of caliber because many rifles chambered in the same caliber can have different felt recoil, of course this sometimes applies to handguns as well.

March 23, 2011, 10:23 PM
Yeah, my 22 rifle - Rem 597 is dead on accurate, but boring. My Super Commanche 45/410 is super inaccurate, almost painful to shoot more than a box, but hella fun. And my 45-70, not quite accurate, no recoil pad, it's bruised my shoulder before, knocked my little bro on his ass, and is also hella fun.

March 24, 2011, 03:59 AM
My buddy has a BA50, the thing will clean the snot out of your nose. If you notice in the video it will knock a glock off the bench.

Pete D.
March 24, 2011, 07:29 AM
Yes, I do but.....a lot depends on the nature of the recoil. Specifically, it depends on how fast the recoil pulse is. I have a T/C Encore with a barrel from SSK that is in an odd chambering. By the book, the recoil is similar to a 12 ga. shotgun. The pulse, though, is so fast that the gun is more unpleasant to shoot than either my .375 H&H or my .416 Rigby.

March 24, 2011, 08:29 AM
When i feel like being kicked around i drag out my 6.5 pound .375 Alaskan and some 300 grain handloads. That does not happen very often.

March 24, 2011, 12:53 PM
I have to admit, I get a kick out of blasting away different objects/targets with any of my .357 mag revolvers loaded with wadcutters. Don't do it much but it's good for stress relief.

March 24, 2011, 01:00 PM
When I was younger I loved the S&W Model 29 with the heaviest, loudest loads I could find. Now I pretty much stick to 22 pistols or 9mm at the most.

Onward Allusion
March 24, 2011, 01:04 PM
InkEd (
Anyone else enjoy heavy recoil sometimes?

Yeah, sometimes but then after the first few rounds of either 7.62x54 or S&W500 I run back to my 9mm. BTW, S&W500 + indoors = pain.

March 24, 2011, 01:09 PM
My buddy has a BA50, the thing will clean the snot out of your nose.We shouldn't confuse recoil (the push of the rifle stock against shoulder and cheek) and blast/shock wave coming out of the muzzle brake.

The recoil of the Barret is fine, IMPO, thanks mostly to that brake. The shock wave is unpleasant for the shooter (even with plugs/phones, you feel it smack your chest. Folks directly in back of the shooter do better, those in back and to the side do worse...and anything near the muzzle brake is likely to be damaged. I've seen a plastic ammo container cracked by the blast.

March 25, 2011, 08:35 PM
Shot a 500 S&W today! Put some 500gr FP XTP's through it and man oh man does that thing kick! It felt like I was punched in the palm of my hand!

March 25, 2011, 11:42 PM

March 26, 2011, 05:47 AM
I shoot my Mossberg 500A 12 gauge pump every now and again, used to shoot it a lot more, but has since become my home defense gun.
Everyone would look at me like I was nuts for shooting a mix of bird shot and 00 buck for fun.
I liked it, but then again, I'm not one to cry about recoil.

Friendly, Don't Fire!
March 26, 2011, 05:57 AM
Yes, Mossberg 500 with 3" Magnums and my 500 Magnum 4" barrel Revolver.

Shooting the 500 Mag with hot loads is just like having a car accident! :)

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