I went out to Hot Wells shooting range today with my .22-250 and the lever gun. It was great fun. I shot a few OK groups with my rifle and managed a dead-center bullseye at 100yd with the iron sighted .30-30. But shooting the darn thing sucked. I guess I never really noticed the recoil because I've shot it 4 times at game and a few times on paper a while back. But after today's 8 shots I was done.
The recoil isn't bad actually. It's perfect for the light weight rifle and caliber that it's in. But I'm a skinny guy and, here's where I think the discomfort comes from, the rifle has a hard plastic buttplate. I'm not someone who complains about recoil (I say after complaining about recoil); on Thursday I shot quite a bit of .30-06 150gr from a bolt gun and an autoloader and had zero complaints.
So a few minutes ago I got onto google and searched it. The Pachmayr "pre-fit" ones for Winchester Model 1894 is no longer made. I went to the Lyman site and browsed their different models. I figure replacing the buttplate is better and more aesthetic and convenient than putting one of those rather obtrusive slip-on ones.
Here are the ones I'm thinking about:DP500 Ultra Lite pad 500B Presentation pad
(I think this would be the best fit, both economically and aesthetically; pun intended.)F250 Lightweight pad
I'm not totally sure how the sizing on these works. Of course I'll measure the stock on the rifle before purchasing, but can anyone that has experience with any of these pads chime in? Or any other recommendations for replacing the pad on this Winchester 94 clone?
Thanks in advance. I dunno which of the two aforementioned rifles will see action tomorrow in Comfort for axis, but I may make a post in Exotic Hunting about it detailing what happens.