Here's my "new" 6lb. .30-06, think it will kick much??


May 26, 2013, 08:32 PM
It's a 25 year old Ruger M77 Ultra Light Carbine, with 18.5" barrel, shown with a box of shells for scale. I was looking for a carbine for hunting out of pop-ups, and had never seen one of these before, had to get it. I have other .30-06's, so am not looking forward to sighting it in!!

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May 26, 2013, 08:36 PM
If you value your shoulder more than any collector value, I'd replace that red rubber thing with a Limbsaver or a Pachmyer Decelerator...

May 26, 2013, 08:37 PM
Am jealous, had one years ago, wish I had never let it go. It will kick but not horribly, so wear a little extra padding when you sight it in, and you will never feel it when you pull the trigger on game.

May 26, 2013, 08:37 PM
Yup....what he said

May 26, 2013, 08:59 PM
My brother has one. It ain't that bad, and weight will probably be closer to 6.5 lbs. if you put it on some scales. Add a scope and you'll be near 7.5 lbs. By todays standards it ain't really that light. My Kimber weighs less than 6 lbs with a scope on it. A Kimber, NULA, Savage Lightweight, Colt Light Rifle, Remington Ti, Ruger American, Savage Axis, Savage 110 (blind magazine), Stevens 200, Tikka T-3, and Marlin XL-7 bolt rifles are all lighter and nobody has died from their recoil.

The muzzle blast from the 18.5" barrel will be the bigger problem. Much of the effects of recoil are between our ears. The shorter barrel will be louder, many perceive that as more recoil.

And don't believe anyone who tries to tell you you'll lose too much velocity. Yea, you'll lose some, but you'll still be about the same as 308 loads from a conventional 22" length barrel.

This Winchester 30-06 weighs 6.5 lbs, 7.5 lbs. with the scope and mounts. Recoil isn't bad at all and it is as heavy as I'd want. (

The Kimber, 5 lbs 14 oz. as it sits. (

May 26, 2013, 10:24 PM
I would have a smith fit it with a red decelorater pad.

May 27, 2013, 01:14 AM
My Savage is only 6.5lbs and it shoots fine with my full house 180gr handloads, not "fun" to shoot but it has not bruised my shoulder or broken my nose yet either. A good recoil pad makes all the difference.

May 27, 2013, 02:41 AM
Big soft recoil pads are overrated. If I can shoot a lightweight 12ga double with a plastic buttplate all day long, or a Winchester 1895 .405 with a steel buttplate, I think that .30-06 will be okay.

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May 27, 2013, 06:52 AM
Should be much worse than my .308 of the same lenght and weight. I have only had a couple of issues of being smacked when shooting from the bench and that was my fault not the rifles.

Mine is actually the Ruger Compact, but it still only weighs in at 6.5# with scope, and a full mag. I love the little thing and even my oldest grandson who decided at age 3 he wanted to use it on his OWN hog, and did, "with reduced loads", now 11 has used it willingly with full power 150gr loads to drop a couple of nice bucks.

I doubt you will find any issues with it other than not hitting some of the velocities due to the shorter barrel. Don't let that be an issue, work up a good accurate load and go have fun.

May 27, 2013, 09:34 AM
Sorry Craig, I have to disagree with you on this one, my 7mm-08 has a thin little nothing of a recoil pad and my sister in law swears it kicks harder then my 30-06 with full stroke 180gr handloads, they almost the weigh the same and have the same LOP, so the pad is the only notable difference. Recoil pads are a great tool for taming shock. For an example, if you were thrown from your motorcycle what would you rather land on, asphalt or a pile of soft leaves? You don't need one of the super soft pads to tame recoil but having one that can absorb some shock is a really nice feature.

May 27, 2013, 10:02 AM
Thanks for all the comments. I plan on shooting 150 grain instead of the 180's that I do in my other .30-06's. And will be putting on one of those leather, lace-on recoil pads. I have them on another Ruger .30-06 and a Winchester 88 .308, they are soft and work very well. I'm still debating about what scope to use, all those currently available to me are matt finish, which I hate to put on a high gloss finish gun. Anybody else funny about stuff like that?

May 27, 2013, 10:21 AM
Get a PAST recoil shield that you wear on you sholder. You will be able to shoot that light rifle all day long and never flinch or get black and blue bruising. You can wearit uinder or over your shirt.

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