Thread: Ow! my shoulder!
5/20/2008 12:44am, #1
Ow! my shoulder!
So I took my recently purchaced 30-30 out shooting this weekend and have a nice rifle-butt sided bruise on my shoulder to prove it:
That was from about 30 rounds. I pulled the stock into my shoulder as tight as I could but it still hurt quite a bit. Is it normal to expect this kind of wear on the body from that many rounds or am I doing something wrong? Anyone have recomendations for gear (padding) to help reduce this problem? I'm a rifle noob and could use the help.
5/20/2008 12:54am, #2
Hmm. Well I've got an old Mosin Nagant from 1942 in 7.62x54 Russian, and the stock is just hard wood with a steel plate. I always fire it in a tee shirt. But I never get bruised from it, and I've fired up to around 30 rounds at a session.
Padding could work. I've been showing my mom the rudiments of how to fire a shotgun, and even when we were using bird shot she was a bit uncomfortable with the recoil and the stress on the shoulder. Because of pain she didn't want to shoot more than around 3 shells each practice session. But we just stopped by Bass Pro Shop, picked up the cheapest shock absorber for the stock, and now she's totally comfortable firing many rounds.
But, the first question I guess you should answer is whether or not your form is good. Good form is important on many levels, including not hurting yourself when firing.Best Vietnam War music video I've ever seen put together by a vet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDY8raKsdfg
5/20/2008 1:01am, #3Originally Posted by Wounded Ronin
5/20/2008 10:27am, #4Originally Posted by hapkido_keith
5/20/2008 10:30am, #5
The first time I fired my Mosin I thought the damn thing exploded.
5/20/2008 10:40am, #6
Only fags shoot from the left shoulder, so that explains it. :-)))
5/20/2008 10:58am, #7
You're shoulder is gonna get hurt your first time shooting a rifle, no matter what. That **** ain't even bad at all. The first time I went shooting I was 11 or 12, shot 80 rounds or so and my bruise was all green and blue. That one you have is just a cute little thing, I had to strain my eyes to even see it.
They do sell shooting jackets, obviously, that offer a little padding if you wanna check it out.
It'll still hurt though.
5/20/2008 11:01am, #8Originally Posted by BudoMonkey
I've been shooting since I joined the military back in the early 80's when we used the 7.62mm FN SLR and I've NEVER had a sore shoulder to this day.
5/20/2008 12:24pm, #9Originally Posted by Bodizapha
5/20/2008 12:42pm, #10
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make sure the stock is the right length for you. poor fit = unpleasant shooting.