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What is the worst recoil you have ever endured?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by jsalcedo, Mar 28, 2003.

  1. jsalcedo

    jsalcedo Well-Known Member

    Recently I went plinking with some 3inch 12 gauge 000 buck
    out of my mossberg persuader.

    The recoil was horrendous.
    Me, my step brother and my dad all of us 6ft 3 plus and at least 260 pounds fired off a few of these shells.

    We were nearly brought to tears from the sadistic pounding
    of these innocuous looking 12 gauge rounds.

    What is the worst recoil you have endured and lived to write about.

    Handgun, rifle, shotgun, launcher etc.. I want to hear about it.
  2. Nightcrawler

    Nightcrawler Well-Known Member

    New England Firearms 12 gauge "pardner" single shot shotgun, with barrel shortened to 20".

    Fired about seven rounds, mixed, 3" 00 buck and 1oz slugs, without any kind of recoil pad, just the plastic buttplate, wearing a t-shirt.

    After the third or fourth shot, my arm went tingly, and I had a buttplate shaped bruise in my shoulder for over a week, complete with phillps-head-screw-shaped welts.

    Learned fast.
  3. Charles S

    Charles S Well-Known Member

    I once took care of a "Gentleman" in the ER who had taken off his muzzle brake to try and shoot his single shot 50 BMP. He had managed to detach his retina. I think that is the worst recoil I am aware of.

    Myself and the ER doc were both shooters, but I don't think we were all that sympathetic.

  4. PerfectGlock

    PerfectGlock Well-Known Member

    The hardest: Enfield No.5 MK1, 150 rounds fired in a row.:what: . If you put it on your shoulder wrong, it smacks your bones together. Hard.:cuss:

    This was while wearing a thick, German military winter jacket (the flags on the arm have been covered by American flags now.)

    Don't get me started on firing .357 Magnum 125 grain softpoints out of a COP derringer.:what: :cuss: :cuss: :cuss: :cuss:
  5. Navy joe

    Navy joe Well-Known Member

    Single shot 20ga launching a "max" dram slug. For my money 20s almost always are more miserable about kick than 12s. I was a kid then, now I don't think a 12 ga kicks at all. Never shot a rifle bigger than .30-06 so I don't know what kick feels like there. Biggest handgun fired was .454Casull out of a Taurus, Even with the worst handloads someone can dream up for it I enjoy shooting it. The pistol I will put down the quickest is my MK40 Kahr firing full power defense ammo. Most folks hand it back after one or two, I pass after about 20.
  6. CWL

    CWL Well-Known Member

    3in Magnum slugs for 12ga.

    Back when I thought size was more important than practice. ;)
  7. coonan357

    coonan357 Well-Known Member

    my8MM lebel berthier over loaded it 6 grs of xmr 4350 with a 235 gr cupro nickle N bullet(.327 which is the tight fitting one ) , I thought I blew the gun up it kicked so hard left a black and blue mark over my whole collarbone area for a couple of weeks . I pulled down the rest of the rounds (19) and double checked them . confusion existe from writting out the loads and getting the powders swapped .. glad french army rifles are only shot once..:D
  8. Bonker

    Bonker Well-Known Member

    I have an old 1930's 12ga pump that kicks harder with standard shells than any of my other 12 ga pumps with magnums.
    I have no clue why it kicks so much harder. It's all steel and heavy as hell. It will bruise you badly in just 2 or 3 rounds.

    I also have a 20mm cannon that is impossible to hold. We just lay it on the ground to fire. Loud as a grenade too!

    454 casul hurts a lot too.
  9. Slotback

    Slotback Well-Known Member

    454 Casul is a brute.
  10. bobs1066

    bobs1066 Well-Known Member

    A 152mm conventional round out of a Sheridan armored recon vehicle, sitting in the TC hatch was like being in a rocking chair during an earthquake.
  11. 4Truck

    4Truck Well-Known Member

    A Benelli Nova firing 3 1/2" magnum turkey loads, kicks worse than my 7lb .300 win mag!!!
  12. cola8d8

    cola8d8 Well-Known Member

    I thought heavy loads in 45-70 out of a Contender was pretty bad...
  13. PerfectGlock

    PerfectGlock Well-Known Member

    Could it be the choke? I've just been learning about chokes and shotguns from many searches on TFL, and I heard chokes might affect recoil.
  14. Bonker

    Bonker Well-Known Member

    It has no choke in it. It's a mystery! Ooohhhh !!! :)
  15. Greg L

    Greg L Well-Known Member

    A .458 Win. Mag. offhand.

    A bit of a bang. :D
  16. tomkatz

    tomkatz Well-Known Member

    I pretty much agree with the bennelli nova, but the worst I have felt was today, my friends new ti/scandium 329 smith 44 mag, OMG it is insanity to put full power loads in there!!:cuss: :cuss: :cuss:

    ps....I can now say the ti scandium 357 guns are nothing, just pussycats compared to this beast
    Last edited: Mar 28, 2003
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Well-Known Member

    I thought the recoil of an M-79 grenade launcher was interesting.
  18. Bainx

    Bainx member

    Just a few weeks ago as a matter of fact, I fired a 50 BMG bolt action. Hope to post a photo of the "State Arms" rifle that looked like nothing more than a Remmington 700. It shoved more than kicked but still felt like both barrels of a 12 ga going off at the same time!:cool:
  19. Hutch

    Hutch Well-Known Member

    Buddy's .454 C in a SRedhawk was pretty awe-inspiring. Full-house .357.s in an SP101 were VERY unpleasant. Ain't never shot one of the TiScan Smifs in .357, I can't imagine....

    A full-tilt .375 H&H off the bench was quite a shove. Concur with the others that an allow-framed 12g pump w/ slugs is sets the old butt back right smartly.
  20. telewinz

    telewinz Well-Known Member

    Ruger #3 carbine with 500 grain, 45/70 loaded to near 458 magnum velocity. It drew a crowd at the range.:what:

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