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Who makes the best recoil pads?

Discussion in 'Rifle Country' started by LearningFirearms, Aug 8, 2011.

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  1. LearningFirearms

    LearningFirearms Member

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    For someone with a torn rotator cup. Was thinking of getting a .243 but will need a recoil pad even though recoil is already manageable with that rifle. Who makes the best one for that kind of rifle? Will the recoil pad add-on ever make the rifle feel like I'm shooting a .22 recoil-wise?

    Thank you.
     
  2. rule303

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    The Limbsaver pads are the best aftermarket I have seen, but are only available pre-fit for some common guns. The factory installed pads on the new Browning X-bolts are amazing! I sold one, and went to the range to sight it in with my customer, and war really impressed. The recoil from the .243 felt more like a .223.
     
  3. JDGray

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    Call Bell and Carlson, and ask what they use on the Medalist stock. My .308 turned into a pussy cat, after buying the Medalist stock!:)

    Welcome to THR!!

    Heres a quote from the B&C web site
    A Pachmayr ® Decelerator® recoil pad is standard on some models (Medalist & Premier)
     
  4. x_wrench

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    Limbsaver has my vote. I have 2 of them on my hi power guns. I recommend one to my brother for his slug shotgun, and it made a world of difference was his comment on it. I would recommend them to anyone.
     
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    I have both Pachmayr Decelerators and Limb-savers on several rifles and shotguns. In my view they both work extremely well. I would go with whichever one you like the looks of, or is cheaper. They will both perform for you.
     
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    Limbsaver pads are a must for heavy recoiling rifle's in my house. The first one I bought was for a Stoeger 2000 12 ga, the 2000's inertial recoil system works really well, but seems to deliver a larger wallop to the shooter than gas operated guns. Once I put a limbsaver on the Stoeger, it became much, much more fun to shoot. The Limbsaver
    I put on my light weight Tikka also does a great job of taming the hot 30-06 loads I roll for it. I'm currently waiting for a limbsaver to put on a 338 savage before I start load development. If they make a limbsaver to fit your rifle, I don't think you will be disappointed.
     
  8. SSN Vet

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    Limbsavers are awesome... but have a rubbery surface that "grabs" your shirt

    Kickeez are also awesome.... have a smoother surface that slides a little more and grabs a little less.

    http://www.kickeezproducts.com/

    The real issue is, which one fits your rifle best and which one can you get your hands on. I found on multiple occasions that the one I needed was not in stock anywhere.

    If I'm not mistaken, the stock recoil pads on new Remington shotguns are made by Limbsaver.

    Download the templates for either, check the length dimension to make sure your printer didn't scale the template larger or smaller, then pull your existing but plate and place it over the template and trace. See which brand fits best and start shopping around.

    Plan on dropping ~$35
     
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    HS Precision comes with Pachmayr Decelerator pads too. I have one on a M700 in 7mm-08 but the Limbsavers seem "squishier" and a little more forgiving. I put a limbsaver on my 870 12ga and no more bruised shoulder, even after a several hundred round outing.

    +1, I have heard that too, the R3 pad from remington is basically a limbsaver with the remington logo on it.
     
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    Limbsavers is the best
     
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    Limbsaver gets my vote
     
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    i have pachmyers on a .308 and 30-06. works well on both. the remington supercell isn't bad, but it tends to bounce around on my shoulder more so than the pachmyer.
     
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    Chalk up another vote for the Limbsaver! It turns punishing recoil into a gentle push, by comparison.
     
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    Pre-fit pads usually don't.

    I like to grind-fit my pads and use the Pachmayr Decelerator on my recently re-barrelled Rem 700 project.

    JP
     
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    There are 3 things that turned your rifle into a pussycat.

    #1 The Decelerator pad is a good pad.

    #2 The Medalist stock is well designed to control recoil.

    #3 The Medalist stocks are very heavy compared to most factory stocks.

    Combine the 3 and it will reduce recoil quite a bit.

    Either the Decelerator of Limbsaver are good. I think the Limbsaver reduces recoil a bit better, but the Decelerator looks better on the rifles in my opinion.
     
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    I'll buy #1 & #2, but the Choate UV the the Medalist replaced was pretty darn heavy! It also had a very nice recoil pad, but the Medalist really did wonders:) I'd get a bruise after 20-30rds before the swap, could literaly shoot all day now, if I could afford it;)
     
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    The new Savage recoil pads are really nice, too.
     
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    Are these on the wood or plastic stocks?

    My model 14 AC had a thin, hard rubber "pad". But then again, it's about 3 years old. It now has a Kickeez on it.

    The material on the custom sized kickeez is the same as the "grind to fit", so you can touch it up with a belt sander if it's off slightly.

    Personally, I can live with a tiny step.

    Limbsaver paved the way and makes a great product (I have two), but others have caught up and offer comparable pads, imo.
     
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    The one I just got is a plastic stock, with a nice, squishy recoil pad. .243 + that recoil pad = a rifle I'll happily shoot all day. Heck, I may wear out this barrel a lot faster than I planned!
     
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