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Rifle Recoil Table

Thu Mar 08, 2018 3:00 pm

The Rifle Recoil Table
By Chuck Hawks

A rather useful table of recoil on various calibers:
For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction; that is one of the physical laws of our universe. This means that the momentum of a rifle's reaction will exactly equal the momentum of the bullet and powder gasses ejected from the barrel. In the shooting sports we call that reaction recoil or "kick." It can be measured or computed empirically and has been for this recoil table.


Re: Rifle Recoil Table

Thu Mar 08, 2018 10:37 pm

Very interesting and useful. Thanks.

Re: Rifle Recoil Table

Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:42 pm

Interesting table and the comments are pretty good too.
Was worth noting that all military rifles were and still generally are speced to stay under 15 ft lbs.
Always thought that 270 had a bit of a kick. Turns out it does. Probably why I'm using a reduced recoil round to hunt with and am so much more accurate with it as well.

Re: Rifle Recoil Table

Mon Aug 13, 2018 7:56 pm

Just as I thought.
.458 WM and .375 H&H are the same.
I have a limbsaver recoil pad on my .458 Ruger #1 and a Pachmayer on my .375 H&H Remington 700.
Perceived recoil on the .375 is a lot more!

But then, my .458 Whitworth bolt action with the factory recoil pad is pretty memorable (large ring Mauser action on a lightweight rifle).
Get a limbsaver. They don't call them that for nothing..................

Re: Rifle Recoil Table

Mon Aug 13, 2018 9:35 pm

how long is a piece of string?
which is better, flipflops or hiking boots?
It depends.
From the link: "Do not forget that rifle weight is a crucial factor in the recoil equation, inversely proportional to recoil. Increase the gun weight by, say, 25% and the recoil goes down by 25%. "
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