Reduce recoil

GUNSMOKEGUNSMOKE New MemberPosts: 6 New Member
What is considered the best recoil butt pad. I have a Ruger M77 .338 cal. and at 69 yrs. old the recoil is affecting my accuracy. Would appreciate help on this subject.

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  • Big Al1Big Al1 Senior Member Posts: 7,087 Senior Member
    PACHMAYR - D752 DECELERATOR RECOIL PAD and Mag-na-Port, if you don't want any extra barrel length. .338 can be a beast, and the pad on a Ruger is very inadequate.
  • wildgenewildgene Senior Member Posts: 1,036 Senior Member
    ...I've installed a few of the Kick EZZ pads for people, & they've been pretty happy w/ 'em...

    http://www.kickeezproducts.com/
  • JasonMPDJasonMPD Senior Member Posts: 6,140 Senior Member
    Big Al1 wrote: »
    PACHMAYR - D752 DECELERATOR RECOIL PAD and Mag-na-Port, if you don't want any extra barrel length. .338 can be a beast, and the pad on a Ruger is very inadequate.

    If Pachmayr products didn't look like they were molded in Bosnian sweatshop I might buy them.

    Same price...Limbsaver or Kick-Eez.

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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    I've got two rifles with Limbsavers on them now, and LOVE'em.

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  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 15,213 Senior Member
    I suspect that a muzzle brake will be the most effective solution to your problem...
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  • Savage99Savage99 Member Posts: 43 Member
    Does your Ruger M77 have a soft recoil pad?

    Here is an easy to use slip on pad thats well made that I use at the range.


    Another suggestion might be to load lighter loads for the 338. I too am a senior and I have 'retired' my 375's!
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  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 7,737 Senior Member
    Wear a Past recoil pad under your shirt. Following the advice I got from the guys here, I bought one and used it when sighting in my pre 64 Mod 70 in 375 H&H. put 20 rounds down range and the recoil was like that of my .222.

    Using a Past recoil pad means that its not firearm specific like a Butt pad and can be used for all rifles. Probably more cost effective in that you don't have to have the gun altered or worked on.

    http://www.midwayusa.com/find?userSearchQuery=past+recoil+pad
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  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 15,351 Senior Member
    I got a muzzle brake and a Limbsaver on my Ruger 77 in .338 Win mag. The two combined takes it down to 30/06 recoil.
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,100 Senior Member
    Ditto
    cpj wrote: »
    Limbsaver. You can buy either a fitted model, or a slip on. A muzzle brake however is the most effective solution, but with it comes the expense of having it done, and the added muzzle blast.
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  • BigslugBigslug Senior Member Posts: 7,099 Senior Member
    I'd do two things:

    Pachmayr Decelerator pad - they make a bunch of different colors and surface finishes

    Dead Mule mercury recoil reducer. For sure have one put one in the butt. I think there are also smaller versions that you might be able to have bedded into the forend - which makes a dandy excuse to have the rifle bedded and free-floated anyway.

    If that doesn't get it done for you, there's always muzzle breaks. I regard them as the absolute last resort, as I would rather not have the added concussion, dust clouds when prone, pissed off "neighbors" at the range, etc...
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 21,930 Senior Member
    I have an older model 77 that I had rebarreled to 9.3x62 Mauser and it will pulverize your shoulder shooting my hand loads with 270 grain Speer bullets. I have a P.A.S.T. Recoil pad that I strap on when I go to the range. Taking one or two shots while hunting doesn't present the problem as shooting at the range on a bench. So I don't worry about it then. One or two shots of anything doesn't hurt like shooting even just five rounds at the bench.
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  • GUNSMOKEGUNSMOKE New Member Posts: 6 New Member
    Thank you all. Alot of good ideas. I really appreciate this form.
  • ddrillerddriller Member Posts: 77 Member
    Limbsavers are good but plan on replacing about every 10 years-they start to disintegrate-leave black goo on everything they come in contact with, until that time they are great
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,810 Senior Member
    I use a Cauldwell lead sled at the range with my full power 30-06 loads and it makes it like shooting a .223 from the bench. In the field I don't care about recoil for one or two shots. It takes some getting used to it, but it absolutely drops recoil to almost nothing.

    D
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  • JeeperJeeper Senior Member Posts: 2,952 Senior Member
    ddriller wrote: »
    Limbsavers are good but plan on replacing about every 10 years-they start to disintegrate-leave black goo on everything they come in contact with, until that time they are great

    I've got one on my .45-70 that is at least 11 yrs old... no issues yet. :uhm:

    Maybe it's an issue with something that has been left in extreme heat like a vehicle in the summer?

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