Get mercury inserts for that 450, and either a Pachmayr Triple Mag or Kick-Ese pad.
What a story.
Or install a GOOD muzzle brake. For working up loads and shooting off a bench they do work. A good model is removeable for hunting. You may have to resight for shooting witout the brake, but that's a small price to pay for comfort in targeting, especially if you do a lot.
My factory brake on the 378 Weatherby really works. It's a light rifle that is mild to shoot. Think about the snipers who shoot the 50BMG rounds. They couldn't do it without a brake.
Hope you are back up to par quick, Greg.
I can't help but think what a tooth loosening recoil can also do to your retina. Something to consider? A retina is not as easy to re-attach.
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Might want to go to the sporting goods store and invest 2 bucks in a mouthpiece. The kind you have to boil, then bit down on to form the impression. Works great, no chatter.
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When I got my first 45/70, an 1895 SS, I shot it until my shoulder was bruised purple and my fingers tingled and went numb. I just HAD to see how fast I could push those 405 bullets over the chronograph. I now limit my 45/70 shooting to about 10-20 rounds at a time at 1500 fps or less. More fun and less painful.
I had a guide gun for about 6 months and hated it. Nothing like having a rifle beat you up and give you a horrible flinch. Traded up on an 1895 Cowboy in 45 that is really fun to shoot.
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I've shot a lot of rifles/shotguns and nothing has knocked me around as much as my Guide Gun. It is a handy packing rifle, but totally unsuited for shooting long strings of hot loads unless one takes special measures to deal with the recoil.
None of my shooting buddies likes shooting the Guide Gun - and I don't load it as hot as some of you.
ave a great day!