Kick Me

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.


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Kick Me

  1. RG says:

    I have not shot a 458 Lotts. I own and shoot a 416 Rigby though. That may be about my limit.

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