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I am thinking about getting one of the new Henry single shots in .308 when they are available. My question is how does that caliber compare to a .30-06? I have never shot one and was curious as to what to expect.

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I have never found there to be a huge difference. Mostly the difference is based on the stock design and the weight of the rifle. Example: my son thinks his Remington Rolling Block (No 1) in .30-30 kicks horriblely and the Springfield (1903A3) not so bad. The difference is in the stock design and the weight.
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In the same weight rifle shooting a similar load the 308 is going to be a bit lighter but really there is not a big difference between the two.
Not sure what those new Henry's weigh but I don't think they are really light so the recoil for a 308 should be fine I would think.

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I guess I am the odd man out, so to speak, because my 308Win rifles have less felt recoil than either of the two 06s i have owned, and that is with lighter rifles for the 308. I have never been very recoil sensitive in the past but am starting to get kicked harder in my advancing years but still don't mind shooting the 308 or the 270, even off a bench. I have never handled one of the Henry SS rifles you mentioned so I can't comment either way concerning that particular firearm.
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That's a nice looking rifle, and I would think with the steel frame and padded stock it would be pleasant to shoot a few sighters a year, and take hunting. Probably would not be a high volume gun. If you had access to a Handi in 30-06 you might get close to feel, but the new Henry is a new stock/rifle geometry so it'd be hard to say with clarity.
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I think a .308 is about 10% less recoil assuming the same bullet weight.

Heavier bullets will kick a little more.

I've owned both, a lightweight .308 and a standard weight 30-06, and neither had a recoil pad and never got a bruise from either one after shooting a box or so in one sitting.

I probably wouldn't enjoy shooting a box of 220 grain out of a 30-06 so much, but it's not like a 3" 12 guage or anything.

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I think a .308 is about 10% less recoil assuming the same bullet weight.
Why. If they are shooting the same bullet weight and have similar powder charges and are fired out of rifles with similar weights wouldn't the recoil impulse be the same? What's the variable?

This is a question I have been wondering about.
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Why. If they are shooting the same bullet weight and have similar powder charges and are fired out of rifles with similar weights wouldn't the recoil impulse be the same? What's the variable?

This is a question I have been wondering about.
By similar powder charge, do you mean about a 10% difference?

.308 is known to be a more efficient cartridge.

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My 308 is a Mossberg 800, was gifted to me. My dad's first 06 is a sporterized 1903. The weights are about the same, but the 1903 had a longer length of pull. Recoil seemed about the same with factory 150 gr loads in each. Both moved me around a bit, but neither hurts unless shooting 20 rounds from a bench. Then they get uncomfortable.

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if anyone is bothered by recoil, the answer is simple. buy and use a PAST pad or a vest
or shirt or jacket with an integral recoil pad. I understand browning makes apparel with
an excellent recoil pad. I use a PAST pad myself if using a heavy recoiling firearm and will
be shooting multiple times. there's really no need to get beat to death or to have to spend
big bucks getting a custom pad fitted to your firearm.

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