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Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by kell, Oct 5, 2020.

  1. kell

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    I have a 416 Rigby I like to plink with. I need a shooting vest or something to reduce the recoil a little (a lot). I don't want to spend a lot of money, just something to make it more fun.
    Thanks,
     
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    The reason to come to THR every day....”to plink with”....:rofl:

    I wish I could offer something constructive, other will.

    “to plink with....”
     
  3. wiscoaster

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    Look for something called a "Caldwell Field Shield" -- it's also called "PAST Recoil Protection" (but it's the same thing) - a strap-on pad that goes over your right shoulder. I sometimes use it with my milsurps, and I think it will do for what you want. It's on Amazon for under $25. You can also find "shooting vests" with pockets you can insert pads into. I saw one called "Allen Ace" for about $30. One pad included. I haven't used the vest, so can't give any pro or con on it.
     
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    Just ummm... "keep plinking" and nature will provide you with a callous free of charge.

    .40
     
  5. Barbaroja

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    If your a reloader consider some reduced loads.
     
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  6. jmorris

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    Lead sled or homemade version, takes the thump out of just about anything.
     
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    I would seriously consider some reduced loads- I shoot a 45-70 load in the 458 WinMag and it makes it quite pleasant to shoot and it is very accurate- more economical too!
     
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  8. joed

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    Here's what I used and it worked quite well.

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  9. Demi-human

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    Dinosaur shaped targets...:)



    Can weight be added to the stock,@kell?
    Like, ten or twelve pounds of lead ingots?:D
    ( About twenty bullets worth...;))
     
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  10. MacAR

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    You've got to be bloody joking! Tell me this is a joke. Good Lord man ye must be 6'8 and weigh 20 stone! And how do you afford the flippin ammo!?!? Jeez

    All kidding aside, the Past pad that joed shows is a good option. I used to use one with my 10 gauge during spring goose hunts; coupled with 2 lbs of tungsten fishing weights in the stock it worked well.

    Good luck...

    Mac
     
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  11. jmr40

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    I've put a few rounds through a 416 Rigby and a few other kickers. None aren't any fun from a bench. But most modern bolt guns have well designed stocks and in such cartridges are heavy enough to be tolerable fired off hand. At least for a few shots. My wallet would probably be crying before my shoulder anyway.
     
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    A limbsaver recoil pad tamed my .375 H&H Ruger no. 1 to the point it compares to my 30-06 in felt recoil.
     
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    Do you handload?
    If so, it should be fairly easy.
     
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    Man up! Keep on plinking........................:D
     
  16. .38 Special

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    I plink with my .416 Rigby. 350 grain cast bullets and a case full of Trail Boss turn the big rifle into a fun toy.

    I do have a PAST "Ultimate Magnum Deluxe" pad (I sort of made that up, as I don't exactly remember what they call their beefiest version) which does protect the shoulder but doesn't do anything about the whiplash. Even when I'm "serious" about practicing with the rifle, I skip the pad, do most of my work with the cast bullets, and fire one magazine's worth of full power loads at the end.
     
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    Hey man, don't mind the jeers from the peanut gallery gurly men! They're just jealous.

    I've burned through ~500 rounds of .375 H&H in the past year, most between 80% and full power, entirely from the bench, 10-20 at a sitting.

    A few friends wear a Limb-Saver strap-on shoulder pad when they shoot it, but I've never tried it. I prefer a tshirt.
     
  18. kell

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    Thanks for all the help. I just ordered the Past pad, I think it might be made by Caldwell now. When I first got this rifle, I sighted it in with a Limbsaver over the stock pad and a big towel on my shoulder. 9 rounds from the bench wasn't too bad. 350gr lots nicer than 400gr bullets. I don't download though - that's why I wanted a BIG rifle. Reloading does bring the cost way down.
     
  19. Frulk

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    Hey Kell... Roy D. Mercer wants to know “how big a boy are you?”

    Have fun with that beast.
     
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    Good choice on the PAST. I use one shooting my 375 Ruger from the bench. Really helps.
     
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    Push-ups... lots of them.... build up some good man boobs to absorb that mule kick.
     
  22. DocRock

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    Or load down and use cast bullets for diminished recoil...
     
  23. 792mauser

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    Limbsaver, shooting jacket, adding 3 1# lead bars to the stock and one to the forearm and a lead sled to tame the 460 weatherby in a 8# rifle.

    Then the panacea, Trail Boss.

    Thank God the rifle isn't mine.
     
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  24. MikeInOr

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    The pads don't really reduce recoil any significant amount what they do is spread the force of the recoil over a wider area of your shoulder. The wider area you spread the ft-lbs of recoil energy the less pounds per square inch (psi) will be imparted on any single point on your shoulder. Anything you can do to spread the recoil out over a greater area of your shoulder (stock butt pad or padded vest, etc.) the less you will feel the recoil.

    When a cartridge is fired the bullet accelerates very rapidly until it exits the muzzle. The lighter the bullet the faster it will accelerate and the faster it will be going when it exits the muzzle. This also works in reverse... the whole rifle accelerates in the opposite direction of the bullet which is where the recoil comes from. The heavier the rifle the slower it will accelerate and the slower it will be moving when it impacts your shoulder (yes, always hold the butt of the stock tight against your shoulder). A heavier rifle will impart the same recoil energy to your shoulder as the lighter rifle but it will be moving slower and the energy will have a longer period of time to dissipate into your shoulder and the rest of your body.

    A spring or springy rubbery substance will deform under the force of the recoil then slowly return to its original shape. Here again you have not reduced the recoil force on your shoulder, you have simply spread that force over a greater period of time BUT without adding considerable weight to your rifle.
     
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  25. Ernie Bass

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    I use the PAST for shotgun and does a great job of reducing recoil to the should. I shoot a lot of 12ga buckshot and this has been a huge aid.Note: They have two different thickness's. I have both.

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