Shooting is supposed to be enjoyable.They warned me. Everyone warned me. Even posts on this very forum warned me. I did it anyway, my Rem 700 TAC-21 in .338 Lapua finally saw some range time today, and my shoulder now feels like i tackled a semi..
The Rem came from the factory with an AAC 51T muzzle brake, which I'm sure did 'something', but not nearly enough. The kick on this thing was so hard I couldn't even keep my target in sight. I've been reading a lot about muzzle brakes and suppressors, but this isn't something I've ever needed on my nice, gentle creedmoor rifle..
What do you guys recommend? Upgraded brake (if so, what kind)? Suppressor? A couple months of heavy gym time?
You have a gun you enjoy owning now it is time to go down the enjoyably path of making it fun to use.
Seems like suppressors are the ultimate if you go the way of adding bits .
Through my experience with a 338-378 loading rounds up that don’t boot so much is the way to go.
I suggest you get some trail boss and start from no recoil.
I went from ear ringing muzzle breaks ,extra weight and wot not using factory rounds to no muzzle break and confidence in pulling the trigger through a progression of reloads.
Now I shoot max loads without drama .
Having a bit of a break at the moment due to the scope mounts breaking .
You need exceptional mounts and scopes to handle the recoil.
Use a standing bench will make a huge difference , I lost skin of my elbow on a concrete range bench.
My biggest mistake was holding against it like a shotgun .
Letting your body get shoved like a rag doll is not easy but that is what stops the pounding.
The eyebrow thing is a bit scary and a friend videoing you to see a flinch will help down the track.
After a while I got comfortable with it and was shooting at a soda bottle at 300 mtrs , firing a shot letting it land so I could see if it was hit , being amazed at the plough like furrows beside it when a fox ran past the front of the target .
Could not believe it .
Sort of gun that is best shot when you are alone, complaints about headaches from the percussion get tiresome.
So no need to toughen up just make some mellow rounds and learn how to go with it.
Disclaimer: any injuries caused through dislodged ,bashed in ,cut or disrupted bodily parts or functions that may come from my advise are to be deemed not my fault through the lack of information I have about you as a person.
Lots of fun having a gun with the potential yours has, I hope you get it under control and enjoy your mind boggling new gun.