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Don’t Flinch! 8 Ways to Save Yourself from Rifle Recoil

by Brad Fitzpatrick   |  June 18th, 2012 10

Recoil is a nasty byproduct of shooting rifles, but ignoring recoil can cause major problems that are quick to develop and hard to correct. Developing a flinch can ruin your ability to shoot well, so follow these steps to stop this nasty problem before it starts.

  • Raymond P. Narushof

    I Have found that limbsaver brand slipon recoil pads provide very good recoil protection , & added versetility to a number of like sized gunstocks, & very good recoil protection too. if added length is a problem you, can always take off the existing butt plate to shorten or add a filler inside the boot to lengthen a bit.

  • Wayne Bond

    Buy and practice offhand with a flintlock rifle. The ignition is always a suprise; it cured my flinching problem. it also helps with controling aiming.

  • shane256

    #3 is good advice. I mostly just take my .260 Remington hunting these days. My larger cartridge rifles just sit in the safe and go with me to the range occasionally.

  • Jason

    Go to the range with a partner. Have him load the firearm with a mixture of dummy rounds and live rounds. Your flinch will be quite apparent. Soon the flinch will begin to disappear as you will not know which round will go off or not. I have cured many people with flinches this way.

  • Captom

    Be certain you mount the butt stock on your pectorius muscle and not on your deltoid or the shoulder joint itself. The pain caused by the latter will make you flinch. A rule of thumb may be to mount gun as close to your neck as is comfortable. This has done wonders for me.

  • John

    On #7: It would help a lot to determine whether my hold compares with an expanded description instead of "medial portion of the shoulder".

  • Sticky

    Getting some dummy rounds and dry firing on them will also help this little problem many of us go through. Doing what Jason said really helps too.

  • Malik Corby

    Yep, it helps control aim, alright. Been looking for home automation in Brisbane lately because of many jerks pestering the neighborhood. If only they can be the dummies, I sure could practice a lot.

    • sharon

      I inherited quite a few old military guns and a few others my step-grandfather had when my grandmother died.

      I like to shoot some of them (22 hornet,32/20), but some are kick so hard it is not fun..The short 303 really so..It kicks much harder than the longer one. Does everyone collar bone hurt when they shoot?..Or is it something you can build up an immunity to the pain?

  • sharon

    I believe I have a rifle just like that one in the picture. I believe it is a 30/40 as the side bullet place is the same and snaps open….I also have a short one and a long one,just like the British 303 almost, and the short one kicks harder also…Is there any ammo one can 'make' that shoots less hard?…and is it safe to do so?

    There is a reloader with a some deals in green cases that are for the purpose to make bullets, but am not knowledgeable in doing anything with them….The reloader is a RCBS….There a lot of different kinds of powder, that must be very old as it is so much cheaper than what I see on the internet now….I wonder if it is still safe to use?…….The 4831 powder says surplus miiltary, and was only .89 cents a pound …now I forget what it was, but some of these powders 4895,4064,4320 say $2.65 a lb. now it is like $24.00

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