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Reducing recoil

Over the summer I picked up a Rem 700BDL in 35 Whelen. As most of you know, after some problems, I got it shooting great. The trouble I'm having now it the recoil. Call me a wuss, but I can only fire about 6 rounds before my shoulder is crying uncle. I thought about another recoil pad, but not sure how much that would help as it already has a substantial pad on it.

A friend mentioned getting a muzzle brake for it. I would love to get one put on, but don't feel like plunking down the cash. I found a clamp on that looks promising, but I'm worried that it will mar up the barrel. Someone else, probably tong in cheek, said to get it ported. I thought that was only an option for shotguns.

So what is everyone's opinion on this? I really need to do something before next summer. I'm going to get the supplies this winter to hand load, so 6 rounds at a time just won't work at the range next summer.

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Re: Reducing recoil

Hand loading is a good place to start. A new high quality recoil pad will help as well. See where you land with that.
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Re: Reducing recoil

Sims Limbsaver pad or Rem. has a R3 pad that is good also. The muzzle brake is very good but also very loud.
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Kick ease or limbsaver pad would be a first choice Also a good rest I like Bench Master rest the best and once it is sighted in how many shots at one time do you need to take ?
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Re: Reducing recoil

I recently learned (and you can read link below from Hodgdon) that you can safely reduce their H4895 powder 60% from max load in any cartridge. Since you're going to load that might be a direction you want to start out in.

http://hodgdon.com/PDF/H4895%20Reduc...le%20Loads.pdf

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Re: Reducing recoil

Just curious, is there a reason that you don't want to just trade/sell that gun and just look for another in a different caliber?

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Re: Reducing recoil

There are only so many ways you can reduce actual recoil.......

Increase gun weight
Decrease bullet weight
Decrease powder charge weight
Muzzle brake/compensator

The best place to start would be with a GOOD recoil pad to reduce FELT recoil. The Sims LimbSaver is top notch and can turn a true monsters (WAY beyond .35 Whelen class) into very shootable rifles.

If you reload......... Accurate Arms makes a powder called AA-5744. You may reduce your loadings to whatever you want. An Accurate Arms ballistician told me in a phone conversation that the minimum loading for AA-5744 is however many grains it takes to insure the bullet leaves the barrel EVERY time. So you could load your Whelen down to 1000 fps or less, I suppose, if you wanted.

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Re: Reducing recoil

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Just curious, is there a reason that you don't want to just trade/sell that gun and just look for another in a different caliber?
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Re: Reducing recoil

Get a lead sled for bench shooting. You'll never notice the kick in the woods.

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Re: Reducing recoil

I wouldn't recommend "clamp on" anything. You are on the right track.... handloads, but stay within book specks (noticeable but marginal gains), I do porting thats integral with the bore for $150 or some type of screw on break if that suits you better(the best way to reduce recoil), and or a mercury type reducer that goes in the butt stock(average $65-$100- works well but adds approx a pound of weight). I just ported and installed a merc reducer for a youth 30-30 and the kids dad purchased low recoil loads....WOW, like shooting an air gun!! Good luck

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