Last week in Dave Petzal’s blog he mentioned that his recoil limit was the .458 Lott. I know Dave and he is a very knowledgeable firearms guy and a savvy and gifted communicator but I had no idea he was such a man!
Have you ever shot a .458 Lott? If you have, and said it did not kick hard, you lied!
If you have, and honestly believed it did not kick hard, the rifle either weighed 25 pounds or you have brain damage – probably from shooting hard kicking guns like the .458 Lott.
I hate recoil but I don’t think I’m a wimp. I had Charlie Sisk build me a .416 Short Mag; a necked up .325 WSM. The rifle weighed about 7 pounds and by the ghost of Jack O’Connor, that rifle kicked like a mule. (Have you ever been kicked by a mule? – The bad thing about a mule kick is you never know when its coming.) It wasn’t the pain in the shoulder it was the sensation that your neck was going to snap. I shot a bison with the rifle – I don’t think I’ll ever do that again, it made feel like I had killed part of the American West – then sold it to a buddy who has always been a bit brain damaged anyway.
Here’s the deal; for me shooting is too much fun to mess it all up with a gun that hurts you when you pull the trigger. My limit is a .375 H&H and then only for a handful of shots. I might be a wimp but don’t tell me that if I’m armed or I might put my gun away and we’ll go at it…Verbally that is.