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recommend a rifle for a recoil-phile

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by mainecoon, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. mainecoon

    mainecoon Well-Known Member

    What caliber would you recommend for someone who likes a good punch in the shoulder when shooting? Not excessive, but as part of the experience, etc. Mostly at objects 200 yards or less away, in a bolt action.
  2. Schwing

    Schwing Well-Known Member

    A 45-70 lever action does it for me. Just enough punch to make you feel manly but not so much that you have to put your shoulder back in the socket. While bolt actions do exist, I really feel that the lever is the true way to go:)
  3. gp911

    gp911 Well-Known Member

    Just about any milsurp. Cheap ammo, fun recoil, good enough accuracy for 200 yards, and the value goes up over time.

    LUCKYDAWG13 Well-Known Member

    a 91/30 will pack a nice punch
  5. HOOfan_1

    HOOfan_1 Well-Known Member

  6. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member

    It's all subjective; everybody's tolerance is different. I don't consider my 8mm mag particularly harsh, but a lot of folks cringe at a .300 win mag that is a good 15% lower in a similar rifle. Then there are true recoil junkies who enjoy firing .458 lott or 460 weatherby (or at least they claim to).

    I think on average, the most recoil people find tolerable for more than a couple of rounds is .30-06 level: 20-25 ft lbs @ about 20-22 FPS.

    Tell us what your experience is, and we may be able to better help. If you find a sporting weight .30-06 with normal 165 or 180 grain loads a pussycat, you likely won't have a problem with some of the magnums. OTOH, if a .243 is the most gun you've ever fired, prolly don't want to jump right into a .338 win mag
  7. MistWolf

    MistWolf Well-Known Member

    338 Winchester Magnum. More than enough recoil to let you know you've touched off a round, but not excessively so
  8. henschman

    henschman Well-Known Member

    .30-06 in a nice light sporter type rifle like a Savage 111.
  9. dogmush

    dogmush Well-Known Member

    .50 BMG. No really. Lots of recoil, but slow with a usually heavy rifle so it isn't harsh.

    My .50 is a really fun rifle to shoot. Not cheap though.
  10. sappyg

    sappyg Well-Known Member

    A hunting weight 30-06 and a box or two of 180 grain bullets should get you there. Wear a T shirt while shooting for bonus points.

    Can't really recommend anything more because that's where I draw the line personally.

    I have fired a few rounds of 35 Whelen that had a good bit of thump.

    A nice lever in 45-70 will get you there right quick.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2014
  11. kcofohio

    kcofohio Well-Known Member

    Depends on the butt plate too. The mil-surps of Germany and Russia usually have steel plates. Those will let you know whether you're manly.
  12. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

  13. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    The worst kicking rifle I've personally shot (and I've owned 300wby and am no stranger to 375 h&h) was a 460 s&w magnum TC carbine.

    Something about the recoil impulse from firing off that much fairly fast powder just made the rifle far more unmanagable than paper ballistics would imply.

    The gun in question actually sheared off a scope ring!!!
  14. MachIVshooter

    MachIVshooter Well-Known Member


    I haven't had any interest in a new firearm for a couple of years, was doing pretty good not spending so much on guns. Thanks alot.
  15. WestKentucky

    WestKentucky Well-Known Member

    444 marlin sticks out as a bruiser from when I was a kid. Then as others have said lightweight centerfires will typically wake a fella up. One of my personal thumpers is a 16" contender with a skeletonized homemade stock. With 300gr it's not wimpy and it's still plenty manageable and handy as can be. Your other choose is to go with a big round in a singleshot as they tend to be light. Maybe 300 win mag in a tapered handi-rifle.
  16. Robert

    Robert Moderator

    My 375H&H is a ton of fun to shoot. Even with stout loads it is not over the top. Big shove, big boom and lots of fun. I have also had a good bit of fun with a friend's 470NE double rifle and 404 Jeffery bolt gun. I'd love to have the 404 if it were not a $15,000 rifle...
  17. R.W.Dale

    R.W.Dale Well-Known Member

    Lol what are you trying to say?

    I have the 357 mag version of the baby rolling block and with magnums at under 5 lbs it will actually turn my shoulder a little blue
  18. barnbwt

    barnbwt Well-Known Member

    Search here on 585 Hubel. It'll be the last thing you ever shoot (I'm guessing). Cheapest solution is to buy a 30-06 and a wood rasp, and file the butt as narrow as you care to.

  19. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    My 450 marlin in a guide gun will rattle your fillings loose.
  20. Ditchtiger

    Ditchtiger Well-Known Member

    A Mosin carbine is even better, + fire balls!!!!

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