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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  01:40:11 AM  Show Profile
I have recently come upon a deal and got me a .270 Win as described above. I shot it 5 times with factory ammo and had a bruised shoulder, yet i took my 30-06 out and with factory ammo it didnt kick nearly as hard. the .270 had a synthetic stock with i changed to Walnut stock.
Still kicks with out mercy..... any suggestions as to control it or any modifications i can do to make it better??


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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  02:09:20 AM  Show Profile
what load are you shooting in it? 150? 140? 130?--there is also a light Managed Recoil load from Remington with 115 grain bullet you can try. Could be the .270 you have is just lighter than your '06 so that will transfer into more recoil. You might try a PAST shooters recoil pad that attaches to your shoulder and a Pachmayer Decelerator recoil pad for the rifle.
Cabelas has both items.
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  02:34:38 AM  Show Profile
I have never been a fan of the .270 for that reason. I have shot several and all of them have seemed to kick excessively for what they are.

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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  03:43:56 AM  Show Profile
Usually as a general rule, even though they are lighter, the synthetic stocked rifles kick/felt recoil less, because the stock has some flex.

If you insist on keeping this rifle, my suggestion would first be, to have a Simms Vibration Labratory "Limb Saver recoil pad installed. I swear by these, as they have tamed the heaviest recoiling beasts I have. I prefer not to use a muzzle break, as the noise level to the shooter increases dramatically.

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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  06:00:26 AM  Show Profile
Stock fit and design makes the biggest difference for me. I can shoot my 77 /270 all day long with factory ammo. 10 rounds from a 700 '06 and I'm ready to call it a day. The difference for me is how the stocks fit. How do your '06 and .270 compare?

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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  07:13:54 AM  Show Profile
As Rob said- fit, shape, and angle of the stock can make a large difference on perceived recoil. I shoot heavy 30+cal rifles on a regular basis- but have one very light .308 Sporter with a splinter for a stock- and it brings tears to my eyes every time. +100 on the Limb Saver pad.

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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  09:26:13 AM  Show Profile
I have in the shop a 270 made by husqvarna, small ring 98. very light rifle with a limbsaver pad. This rifle, for some reason has less felt recoil than any 30-06, 35 whelen etc. that I have shot. I do think it is the stock configuration. JMHO
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  11:00:37 AM  Show Profile
Agree with the "stock fit" posts. Also, and part of that "fit" issue, how you hold it (shoulder placement and cheek weld) matters but presumably you're using the same technique with all rifles. Anyway, I have a Ruger 77 mountain rifle in 270 (the old style wood stock with thin red butt plate, small contour barrel, and tang safety). It can't weigh more than six pounds and felt recoil is not bad at all, even off a bench. That's with factory 130 grain bullets.
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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  12:08:36 PM  Show Profile
try a Boyds laminated JRS stock for it,..I put one on a MKII 06 and the thing is very comfortable to shoot.

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Posted - 09/23/2009 :  1:12:08 PM  Show Profile
My .308 is beded on a JRS Classic stock from Boyd's as well. The only 77 MK II I have still in original wood is a .243. My .270 is a Steyer and I would equate the recoil to that of a .30-06.

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Posted - 09/24/2009 :  5:18:10 PM  Show Profile
I agree with most of the information posted above.

I would also add this: It is my impression that faster burning powders give a sharper recoil than slower burning powders. I do not know if this factor actually shows up in the formulas to determine recoil, and it is merely based on my impressions, and experience.

Accordingly, faster burning powders in a 270 shooting 130 grain bullets may result in a sharper recoil than a 30-06 shooting 180 grain bullets with slower burning powders.

I have shot a number of Weatherby magnums for many years, up to the 300 Weatherby. I have never considered them to be particularly punishing. Part of it is due to good stock design. But I theorize that part of it is due to the very slow burning powders that are used in the big Weatherby cases.

Has anyone else had similar impressions?

Steve Crea
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