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My shoulders are in bad shape but I want to keep hunting and shooting, I love hog hunting and was wondering what caliber y'all recommend?
 

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My shoulders are in bad shape but I want to keep hunting and shooting, I love hog hunting and was wondering what caliber y'all recommend?
I have seen many shooters swear by a .223/5.56. Almost no recoil. But I would think the heavier bullets of 65-70somethig would be best. 30-30 with a limbsaver is also a good choice. But it may be hard on the shoulder. I don't know how much recoil you can handle.
 

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I have seen many shooters swear by a .223/5.56. Almost no recoil. But I would think the heavier bullets of 65-70somethig would be best. 30-30 with a limbsaver is also a good choice. But it may be hard on the shoulder. I don't know how much recoil you can handle.
Well I was after a lever action, which I forgot to put in the original post, my Remington 870 12 gauge kills my shoulders, the recoil even hurts my non firing shoulder. I had thought about a .45 colt but not sure how the pistol rounds do on hogs.
 

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Well I was after a lever action, which I forgot to put in the original post, my Remington 870 12 gauge kills my shoulders, the recoil even hurts my non firing shoulder. I had thought about a .45 colt but not sure how the pistol rounds do on hogs.
You do not have to use full blown 30 cal loads in a 3030. A heavy bullet and 1000-1500 fps should have a pretty mild recoil and I bet it will knock a hog on his butt. Hit it in the head and it will die. There are many people who spend several thousand dollars on 38 and 45 or 50 caliber air rifles and hunt hogs with them and they are deadly.
 

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I'm a recoil junky, but, a .243 or a 25-06 doesn't have a lot of recoil to me. With my back the way it is, I'm not long for heavy recoil.
 

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I'm a recoil junky, but, a .243 or a 26-06 doesn't have a lot of recoil to me. With my back the way it is, I'm not long for heavy recoil.
Gumpy, 26-06? Never heard of that one. hehehehe:confused:
 

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Well I was thinking either a pre Remington Marlin, Rossi 92, or maybe a Taylor's & Co lever gun in .45 long colt since I have a lot of brass for it
 

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That's slang for 25-06 to us Hillbillies. I fixed it!
I thought maybe a **** bit off the tip of your peckin finger and it would only reach the 6. :D
 

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If you like maths, you can estimate / compare the recoil energy of various rifle. Doing so, one can estimate that:

RECOIL (Estimation)
a) Lever action 3030 winch (cast bullet 110 grains; 1640 fps) = AR15 223 rem (46 grains; 3100 fps )
b) Lever action 3030 winch (cast bullet 150 grains; 1740 fps) =2*AR15 223 rem (46 grains; 3100 fps )
c) Lever action 3030 winch (bullet FMJ 150 grains; 2300 fps) =4*AR15 223 rem (46 grains; 3100 fps )

But nothing is better than to experiment it by yourself!
 

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The figures on that table are a little bit higher than those I calculate.
I bet it is because I did not take into account the momentum of the powder.

If so, those figures could be a little less if you use a muzzle brake (which bring the gazes rearward) or au suppressor (which catch the gazes and releaze them in time).
10 to 15% on a 30-30 winchester 150 gns FMJ
 

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Maybe not with special or cowboy loads, but a .44 mag load is a thumper.

I would go with a .357mag, or a .45lc. Much better on recoil.
That's because I was using a Remington 870 12 guage for years for deer hunting. Now that they changed the rules here in Michigan, and I can legally hunt with my 44 magnum, my 44 magnum has way less recoil than what I was used to having using my 12 guage. Plus, my 44 magnum is way more fun to shoot and hunt with.
 
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