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I'm recoil-shy

Discussion in 'Handguns: Accessories, Holsters, and Optics' started by Col. Harrumph, May 10, 2019.

  1. Col. Harrumph

    Col. Harrumph Member

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    After a long search I finally found a nice Security Six at a nice price, and now I want a nice piece of wood for it.

    See my avatar? Do I look like the tough old coot that I am? Or do I look like the recoil-shy baby I also am?

    So if you were as pathetic as yours truly, which style of grip would you prefer? Roper? Something else?
     
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  2. stonebuster

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    If you're recoil shy... get wood if you want to look at your gun and rubber if you want to shoot it a lot. I bought an SP 101 with beautiful wood Pachmayr grips but they were punishing to shoot 357s/38 spl+P not as bad. I do a lot of range time so I switched to Hogue monogrip for comfort although they're not pretty.
     
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  3. John Joseph

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    Get wood stocks that fit your hand for best results. Herrets will make them for you. If you want even less recoil, shoot .38 Specs in her.
    Big Pachmayrs (not sure about the current production Pachs---they seem to be lower quality) or Hogues will work too, but they aren't wood.
     
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    When I bought my Redhawk, back in 1985, I also bought a Pachmayr Gripper for it, and never even fired it with those wood grips. I had heard all about how it was with the factory stocks, and I was planning some heavy loads for it anyway. The Pachmayr Gripper made it quite the pussycat, and I think it looks great as well.
     
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    You forgot to say "asking for a friend." :)

    When I was looking to tame the recoil of a J-Frame Airweight magnum, Pachmyr did the best job.
     
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  6. Eddietruett

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    I would also suggest rubber, but one thing that I've found even with wood is if the grips fit you well, the felt recoil will be a lot less than a set that doesn't fit. I've also found that sometimes grips that feel great don't shoot as well as some that don't feel quite as good. If you've got friends with similar guns, ask to try theirs out. You may find the perfect set that way
     
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  7. Good Ol' Boy

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    You should have mentioned how proficient with handguns you are in general.

    IMHO grips have little effect on things like recoil unless maybe you're shooting a micro pistol.

    My most recent purchase was a Ruger SR1911 in 10mm. It came with some nice black Hogue rubber grips. Very conducive to shooting but not much on the eyes.

    Being that I'm not a novice to shooting handguns and this was my first stainless 1911 I wanted something more, so I got these.


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    If you feel you could use more grip in whatever handgun you're shooting then you should use what's comfortable for you. Eventually you should be able to progress to other grips that may be more aesthetically pleasing.
     
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  8. stonebuster

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    The way the grip fits your hand is probably as important as rubber vs wood. My SP 101 came with these Pachmayr grips that were squared off at the top and punished the basal joint of my right hand thumb. The photos show how much more rounded the Hogue is in that area. I may take a dremel and round those sharp edges and try it again. IMG_1487.JPG IMG_1491.JPG
     
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  9. Walkalong

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    Ruger "Target" grips. Makes a big difference. Or Pachmayrs
     

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    I found Pachmayr Presentation grips worked the best for me with my Security Sixes.
     
  11. Walkalong

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    That's what I went with on my .44 Spl 21 Oz Bulldog. It was brutal with wood.
     

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  12. Slamfire

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    Rubber was the only way to go:

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    This is in the same weight class as your Security Six

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    and I installed rubber Pachmayr grips. I prefer Hogue, for some reason they fit my hand better. So, go down to the store and try several rubber grips and see which one fits your hand better.
     
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    But I shoot mostly light loads in it. I use the M-28 or Trooper MkIII for full power .357 Mag. I'm no recoil junkie, never have been.
     
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    What fits your hand best should treat you the best. I have a 4" S&W 686 and it came with rubber grips that were too big for my hand, a friend gave me a set of smooth wood Miculic (however it's spelled) grips that are smaller and fit my hand. My loads aren't hot anymore, .357 case and 6 grains Unique with 158 gr cast bullet. They don't hurt the arthritis in my lower thumb joint.
     
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  15. Armored farmer

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    I know they are ugly, but my rubber grips do absorb some of the brunt of recoil.
    I didn't realize it until just now......but all of my .357s . have rubber grips! Even the python.
     
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    What stonebuster said.
    I could have a beautiful set of Pachmayr or Herret wood grips on my own Security Six if I wanted them. Instead, I have a big ol' ugly pair of Hogue rubber grips on it, because my 71 year-old tendonitis elbows and arthritic wrists scold me the next day after an afternoon of handgun shooting fun.
    And please don't anyone tell me about only shooting 38 Specials in my 357 Magnum Security Six. I load my own, 38 Special loads in 357 Magnum cases (because I don't like dealing with the crud rings in the cylinder holes) and my Security Six still hurts me worse than my 45 Colt Blackhawk with mid-range loads. I think it has something to do with the shape of the Security Six - the Security Six's recoil seems to come more straight back at me.
     
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    My Ruger Redhawk made my hand bleed until I got Hogue Monogrips.

    My 460 S&W Magnum still makes my hand bleed unless I put tape on strategic locations.
     
  18. John Joseph

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    IMHO, only your hand can tell you what is going to work best for your needs,
    I have had success in reducing felt recoil with rubber Pachmayrs on a .44 mag and a .38 snub, but I've also had good results with wood Herretts on a .357 mag.
     
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    I did exactly the same thing. Found a 4" security six, and immediately got some wood target grips for it. Looked beautiful with the wood grips...and became entirely unshootable. Mine came with Pachmyar presentation grips, which make even hot 357 rounds easy to shoot. If you must have wood...I would suggest getting some Tyler T-Grips to go with with
     
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    I have also found Pachmayr Gripper grips to be very good in reducing felt recoil with my S&W Model 686. I believe Pachmayr still makes them for the Security Six.

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    The stock grip on my SP101 2.25"357(25oz) was too small. The Pachmayr wood was not good for heavy loads, the rubber Diamond Pro was comfortable but I couldn't get a full grip on the draw. The Hogue monogrip handles the recoil and feels right in my hand.
     

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  22. MikeInOr

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    The wider the back of the grip is the more area of your hand it will spread the recoil over. I have shot wide wooden grips that were much mellower than skinny rubber grips.
     
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    I always wanted a nice set of wood grips till after a couple of range trips with 158 gr .38spl and a few .357's , the O.E rubber grips went back on
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    ... or shoot this for a while and it'll make your .357 feel like water pistol!
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  25. I6turbo

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    Do we have all the same guns??? :)

    I like Pachmayrs on my 686 also. They make the 686 feel good with hot .357 loads. Not tolerable, but GOOD. :)

    One gun that I have that is utter punishment to shoot either with the factory rubber nub or the Hogue aftermarket grip is my LCR in .38 Special. I hate that gun, won't even train with it, would sell it if it was even worth the trouble. I wouldn't expect the Security Six to be anywhere close to as much of a problem as the little LCR biting demon, so I think a decent set of rubber grips on the Security Six should tame it very well.
     
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