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Need help, what is the best recoil pad?

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by giddyupgo55, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Bought a Win. mod 70 in 300 win mag. Gun was made in 1972 and the rubber recoil pad has gotten hard. I am looking to replace said pad with a new one. What wouls you suggest?
     
  2. Izzy

    Izzy Oakridge Active Member

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    Limbsaver!!
     
  3. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    I've used a couple of the Decelerator pads now and really like them. They're almost too "tacky" so they can get caught up in a loose shirts when mounting but man are they comfortable, especially at the bench.
     
  4. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Limbsaver pads are certainly the softest, but there is a problem: Installing one that is not "pre-fit" (and pre-fit is a term used very loosely--they really don't fit very well) requires grinding them to fit. The material in a Limbsaver pad does not lend itself well to grinding. My gunsmith called Limbsaver about this, and they recommended putting it in the freezer to achieve grindable hardness. All fine and dandy, but as the astute gunsmith pointed out, what happens when you go hunting in sub-zero weather? It is grindable once again, but its purpose of the moment is defeated. I do have LS pads on a number of guns, but for those that have significant recoil and might see Montana in winter, I opt for the Pachmayr Decelerator: or for more recoil mitigation, their one that I think is called "Mag-Plus". It has a foam insert, is very cushy, and yet very grindable when room temperature. Pachmayr supplies a little mushroom button that slides into one of the screw holes for vertical storage in a gunsafe so the pad does not compress with time. And, it has to be said, be sure and remove the mushroom button before you hunt: a .300 Magnum (or my Siamese Mauser .45-70) might displace some shoulder tissue if assisted by that button.
     
  5. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I,ll have to take a closer look at these pads. Thanks
     
  6. Spitpatch

    Spitpatch Forest Grove, Oregon Well-Known Member

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    "They're almost too "tacky" so they can get caught up in a loose shirts when mounting"... Reminds me of one of my old girlfriends.
     
  7. sheepdip

    sheepdip Redland Well-Known Member

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    pachmeyer decelerator
     
  8. bmw2

    bmw2 Mount Vernon, Wa Active Member

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    Awesome
     
  9. SnapShot

    SnapShot walla walla Member

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    the limbsavers are nice and soft, but can turn into gummy stuff in a few years, and be junk......

    the pachmeyer decelerator pads are almost as soft, and last much longer..
     
  10. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    I will be checking a few of them out. Also will be going to the Sportsman show and seeing what they might have there. There is a gun show this weeken that I will go to but they have very little there anymore.
     
  11. FlyFish59

    FlyFish59 Tacoma, WA New Member

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    I had my gunsmith put Kick-Eez pads on both my .338 WM and my .300WM. They seem to help quite a bit. I can't tell you how durable they'll be, though, as far as comparison to the Decelerator pads.