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most painful rifle you've shot?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by carterbeauford, Jun 27, 2006.

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  1. carterbeauford

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    Disclaimer: I read ballistics charts for fun, so take this with a grain of salt. Of course my charts only stop at .460NE or something like that. Not really a fan of pain, but there are a few rifles out there I would like to shoot just to say I did it. My little .30-06 just doesn't punish me nearly bad enough.

    I was looking at Wikipedia's list of calibers and discovered some of which I've never heard of and many I have. Have any of you pulled the trigger on a rifle that was truly painful, or a rifle that you would never want to shoot again? Perhaps an old bigbore double rifle?

    on my list:

    .460 Weatherby Mag
    .50BMG (which I hear isn't that bad)
    8 bore :what:
     
  2. Coronach

    Coronach Moderator Emeritus

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    It is worth noting that the .50 BMG is "not that bad" because rifles made for them tend to be very heavy and have very good muzzle brakes. Try it in a guide-style gun sometime, if you can get a smith to make one for you. :evil:

    Mike

    PS No, I have not done that. I'm smarter than I look. ;)
     
  3. m0ntels

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    I think a couple shots of a 458 Lott would get that portable howitzer stuff out of my system.

    Randy
     
  4. AmbulanceDriver

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    No thanks. First off, I'd rather not introduce my shoulder blades to each other. Second, I'm really quite fond of keeping my retinas attached to the back of my eyeballs....
     
  5. kjeff50cal

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    I was shooting my Mosin Nagant M44 off the bench when a fellow shooter/range buddy offered me to shoot his father's Winchester Mod 70 African (.375 H&H). I shot it in cold blood off my bench.... 300 grn bullets.... never complained about my M-44 again:D .
     
  6. Fosbery

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    Far and away the most painful gun I've shot was a German Heym rifle in .600 Nitro Express, with a plain wood stock, no recoil pad. Ouch.

    I never found .50 BMG that bad at all from a recoil perspective, it was just the noise! :eek:
     
  7. rustymaggot

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    most painful rifle ive shot was remington 721 in 30-06. the butt slipped off my shoulder down into my armpit a split second berore firing. without my shoulder there to take the recoil the scope came back and whacked me in the nose. it sucked, but my friends thought it was the funniest thing ever.

    an oldtimer let me fire his 10 gauge magnum double barrel once out at the local range. he would only let me do it if i agreed to shoot off both barrels at the same time. far as i can remember that was the best kick ive felt.
     
  8. carterbeauford

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    I read that .460 Weatherby Mag is the largest caliber designed to be fired from the shoulder. I assume most .50BMG (sniper) rifles are designed to be fired prone or from a bench.

    Would really like to hear from someone who has shot a double rifle, I thought one would be cool to add to my collection till I found out what they cost.
     
  9. KIMBER45TLE

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    Holland and Holland

    Shot a Holland and Holland .460 nitro express a couple of times. Off the bench it's painful, standing up it ain't too bad. My Norinco Mod 99 12 gauge will put you on your keester if you shoot both barrels at one time with three inch mags in it.
     
  10. pcf

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    Custom sub 7lb, 300 Remington Ultra Magnum. Recoil was exectional fast and violent. If I were describe the recoil of a 30-06 as a sharp push, then the recoil of that rifle was like a Japanese bullet train slamming into my face and shoulder.

    I don't know if it's the hardest kicking thing I've ever shot, but the speed of the recoil definitely made it the worst.
     
  11. MIL-DOT

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    not really a rifle, but.....years ago on camp pendleton, each in our platoon had to fire ten straight rounds of 40mm. from an M-203 grenade launcher mounted under an M-16. almost everyone tried to pass on the last few rounds, but they insisted !!
     
  12. Vitamin G

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    The most painful rifle I ever shot was a romanian SAR-1... when i forgot my muffs! Three shots on bump-fire before i reacted enough to stop.

    Ears hurt for hours, but the ringing went away.
    Learned my lesson the hard way.
     
  13. bigcim

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    22lr on a led sled:D
     
  14. MachIVshooter

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    My .375 RUM. Pushing 300 gr. pills at 2978 FPS with over 103 grains of powder from an 8-1/2 pound gun, the calculated recoil is on the order of 81 ft/lbs at 22 MPH. I need every bit of the 4" or so eye relief.

    Second was a 416 Rigby from a CZ.

    My .50 BMG (Armalite) feels very similar to a .223 varmint gun (except the noise:what: )
     
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    Mauser K98k is the worst for me... 8 mm Mauser gave me a big bruise near the shoulder... 30.06 was suppose to be bad but it didn't hurt at all in a M1 garand... and .308 in M1A for some reason was a lot worse than 30.06... Didn't really understand why.
     
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    :confused: Does such a thing exist??
     
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    I must be a wussy. Most painful, my Savage 99 in 300 Savage. That thing killed me. Second most paintul, my Mosin-Nagant M44. I still wonder how the Russians used that thing as a battle rifle. My shoulder turns blue after 20 rounds.
     
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    ruger 44 carbine with the lightweight stock. It sounds stupid because its a pistol caliber, but start throwing those nasty 185's through it and your arm will be SORE!!!!
     
  19. 30Cal

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    The Garand has more reciprocating mass than the M1A. Chamber that same M2 cartridge in a M1903 and it'll be up there with the 8mm.

    I've shot some heavy .45caliber double rifles--the recoil is big, but slow. .338WinMag is a lot worse.
     
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    Marlin Guide-Gun 45-70 firing Buffalo-Bore ammo

    Benelli Nova 12 ga firing 3 1/2 inch magnums
     
  21. hillbilly

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    I have shot some big rifles, but the worst for me so far has been an Ishapore 2A Enfield that somebody cut down into a faux-jungle carbine.

    The lack of weight combined with the very narrow and steel Ishaopre buttplate made for a sharply focused punishing recoil that made the fingers on my right hand go tingly after about 10 rounds, and numb after 10 more.

    It's not near as bad now that I've put a synthetic stock with rubber butt pad and a larger butt on it. I like to shoot it now.

    I know, .308 is not a big round.

    But in that Ishy faux-jungle carbine it was murder because every bit of recoil was focused into a narrow area that had only a steel plate for cushion.

    hillbilly
     
  22. Mornard

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    Some unreasonable levels of pain...

    The Ruger .44 carbine recoils a painfully ridiculous amount.

    though not a rifle, my Mossberg 835 31/2" was hideous.

    my turkey H&R Pardner with 3" 2oz loads is bad, but not so painful

    but the worst ever was a custom, lightweight .300 Weatherby magnum which I owned briefly. (and still bear the eyebrow scar from) :what:
     
  23. pete f

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    It has to do with fit.

    THE absolute worst kicking gun to me was a Heym double rifle in 338 winmag. I have a model 700 classic in .338 it is firm but not outlandish. that double rifle was made for my brothers boss, a big time world big game hunter. For him it is like shooting a twenty two, it hurt me worse than dropping the dirt bike at forty miles an hours. First shot, my shooting glasses and ear muffs move forward from the recoil. My cheek feels like someone kicked me and I am getting a fat lip from my thumb coming back and smacking me in the lip. I said some naughty words and he teases me into firing it again. I try my best to relocate my self so that the recoil is better taken by my body, Nope worse. shoulder feels like when you tackled the big kid in high school and all you got was his knee cap under your pad.

    I have two 416's one a rigby in a No 1 ruger and the other a rem mag in a 700. both of those are nothing to me compared to that little double rifle...I would say compare it to one of those little 410 SXS's only loaded with a ten gauge.

    My son is skin and bone, 5'9'' and barely a hundred pounds, still plays varsity hockey and baseball, just waiting for his body to grow into his skill. He is completely unaffected by recoil. At age 9 or 10 240 grainers out of a winchester trapper were just a kick for him. at 12 or so, 270's out of my N0 1 ruger and he would shoot all i could make. 180 grain loads in the 30-06 make him smile. But he hates the recoil of a 16 gauge A-5. He says it is the double hit, I never feel it but he says he can feel the jolt of setting off the round as well as the second hit when the barrel and bolt both slam at the end of their stroke.

    My daughter loves shooting 44's and 45's in handguns, but in a rifle anything more than a 6.5 makes her decided she needs to do her nails.
     
  24. Terrierman

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    The worst I've ever been hit was with a buddy's relatively lightweight Ruger # 1 in .300 Magnum from the bench. I'd been shooting .22 and 6.5x55 and just laid in there nice and relaxed like and touched it off. Split my forehead like a tommyhawk.
     
  25. Sharps Shooter

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    I've never fired a rifle that would be concidered really monstrous and my buddy's .416 Remington Mag covinced me I never want to. There was something wrong with it - it was printing about a foot high at 100 yards with the scope's verticle adjustment turned all the way down. He asked me to take it out and shoot it to make sure it wasn't just him, a bad scope, or scope mounts. I shot it once using the scope and it hit, just like I'd been told, about a foot high. But jeez - I thought it might have loosened the fillings in my teeth! I went ahead and pulled the scope though, lowered the rear sight all the way down and fired again. It still hit over a foot high and by that time I was shaking quite badly. So I walked up to about 25 yards from the target, squatted down, and fired again. That time it sat me on my butt and it still hit nearly 4" high.
    My shoulder was black and blue with shades of green for a week. My buddy sent the gun back to Winchester. I don't know if they just replaced the barrel or the whole gun, but I guess it shoots fine now. I"m going to take my buddy's word for it though. I won't shoot it again.
     
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