Low Cost - No Cost way to reduce recoil of .45-70 RG

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Low Cost - No Cost way to reduce recoil of .45-70 RG

Postby Arroyoshark » 05 Sep 2016 16

While I had mentioned this some time ago in a thread post, thought I'd follow up with photo.

The Rossi RG45-70 is a pretty light weight carbine. I originally got it because it felt like one that could be carried and brought to shoulder pretty quickly. From the get go, I realized I'm perhaps not as steeled up to the recoil from heavier loads that say Ranch Dog might be, so yeah the recoil bothered me to the point of developing an accuracy robbing flinch on subsequent firings. Not so good for me.

I just chose not to deal with fitting limbsavers, pachmayr pads, etc. Instead, I noted early on that there was a stiffening rib molded down the vertical center of the Rossi recoil pad. That darned rib really was good at preventing the pad from flexing and absorbing some recoil headed for the shoulder.

I took a drill bit of approximately the same size as the honeycomb openings on side of pad and simply drilled through the rib in each cavity to reduce the effect of that rib. Voila, that was one of the slickest improvements to this carbine. It significantly reduces the painful blow to the shoulder when firing heavy loads. It doesn't eliminate the recoil generated by this round, but it really feels better to the shoulder.

It's a free fix !

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Re: Low Cost - No Cost way to reduce recoil of .45-70 RG

Postby Ranch Dog » 05 Sep 2016 16

Another great fix. I've see this being done to the 454 Casull's pad.
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Re: Low Cost - No Cost way to reduce recoil of .45-70 RG

Postby Archer » 05 Sep 2016 20

X-Acto makes a narrow flat chisel point blade that might do a cleaner job of punching out the rib without tear out a drill might cause...
Number 17 I think

https://www.amazon.com/ELMERS-X-Acto-Bl ... =x-acto+17
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Re: Low Cost - No Cost way to reduce recoil of .45-70 RG

Postby Arroyoshark » 05 Sep 2016 20

I can see where that might be a cleaner method. I probably also could have run a file in there as well, after drilling out to clean up the fuzz. On the other hand, this was quick relief.
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