Another thread got me thinking about this question.
I am moving from a 7mm Rem Mag to a 300 WSM as my main hunting rifle. The 7mm was a pretty good kicker. After about 20 rounds on the bench I would develop a flinch and be pretty sore the next day (nothing a little Ibuprofin couldn't cure). The 300 WSM is going to be about 25 or so lbs I'm guessing which might push me to the edge of tolerance. I plan on getting a lead sled so I can shoot all day on the bench, but I wonder how it will feel int the field. I never felt my 7mm when I fired at game probably because I was so involved with the situation and usually in a position that allowed better absorbtion of recoil energy.
I would think that some ingenious fellas would come up with a good recoil absorbtion design to make shooting larger cartridges more fun. Especially when you get the 338's and bigger.
The first time I fired my lightweight single shot shotgun it really whacked me. Tried it again and flinched bigtime. Absolutley could not bring myself to pull the trigger a third time. Went out and got a spongy slip on recoil pad and it was sweet shootin.
Soooo, do any of you have any good ideas (besides muzzle breaks etc) to take the jolt out of a big cartridge? Or what's the best recoil pad you know of?