Steyr Scout .308 Recoil - Ouch!

Discussion in 'Other Rifles' started by meanbeanmax, Aug 17, 2012.

  1. meanbeanmax

    meanbeanmax New Member

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    So I purchased a Jeff Cooper Edition .308 Steyr Scout awhile ago but only recently got around to actually shooting it. Boy, was I surprised at the recoil of this rifle. I could only manage 5 shots before I cried uncle. I've been looking for the soft recoil pad ever since but can't seem to find it anywhere since it seems to continue to be back ordered at Steyr. Is there a compatible pad that will allow me to retain the OEM look? I really want to shoot the rifle again but I'm not wanting to strap on a should pad nor am I eager to walk around with a bruised shoulder for 4 days. Thanks for your time and assistance.
     
  2. MrApathy

    MrApathy Active Member

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    could always try a limbsaver slipon
    recoil cant be as bad as 12ga magnum buck or worse yet slugs
     

  3. Wulf

    Wulf Premium Member

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    Hiya *beanmax :)

    Uhh...what the Hell were ya putin' thru it? 180 gr'ers?! ... 200?! :popcorn:

    Wulf <-- digs 'is Tikka T3 308 Win w/ 168 gr'ers from the bench :thumbsup:
     
  4. Creeper

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    Hi meanbeanmax,

    If you don't mind me asking, is this your first .308 rifle? I mean, what is your previous experience with rifles? Like Wulf, I have to ask, what were you shooting through it?
    You could try "reduced recoil" .308 ammo. It's made in several bullet weights... some with light bullets at .308'ish velocities, and some in more typical bullet weights at lower velocities. Might want to look into them... until you can score a better recoil pad.

    Cheers,
    C
     
  5. meanbeanmax

    meanbeanmax New Member

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    Thanks for the replies. I was using 168 grain FMJ. This is not my first .308 rifle. Also, I have shot plenty of other bolt rifles with higher calibers and have not felt this level of recoil from them. Albeit, they were all much heavier than the Scout. Has anyone ever added weight to the Scout to allow for more recoil absorption? Just trying to think outside the box.
     
  6. Talyn

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    A light rifle is of course going to have a heavy hit to your shoulder, but 5 rounds and you cried uncil?

    Sissy. :p

    Are you sure this isn't a training issue? Miss-shouldering the rifle?

    To relieve your sissyness, go get one of those heavy duty maxy pads they use in the hospital and stick it on your shoulder.

    I've seen guys shoot M1-Garands off their forehead. It cannot be that bad.

    No chance for a muzzle break either?
     
  7. jwm

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    One of the virtues of the Scout is its light weight. The original scout concept demanded a compact lightweight rifle, with a short barrel. The Steyr Scout lives up to those criteria. Adding weight to it in order to minimize recoil makes about as much sense to me as buying a pickup truck and then lowering it to within a hair's-breadth of the ground and mounting low-profile tires. I know a bunch of folks do just that, but if that's the kind of vehicle you want, there are better choices. If a heavy, soft-kicking .308 is what you want...then buy a heavy, soft-kicking .308.

    The best way to deal with the recoil is to practice shooting. The Scout is by no means a hard kicker. Learn to use it as it is meant to be used. If you insist on adding weight to it, at least do it in some non-permanent way that you can reverse later. Nobody will ever want to buy a 10-pound scout rifle when you get tired of it.
     
  8. half k cruiser

    half k cruiser New Member

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    Were you lying prone ? If so then you are going to take the full recoil of the rifle. Sitting or standing will mitigate a lot of your problem as your body will roll with the recoil so to speak.
     
  9. VN Vet

    VN Vet New Member

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    When any rifle touches you like that, it is only trying to tell you how much it loves you for shooting it. Love your rifle back. Shoot it often.