Not everyone is this tough with a 500 Jeffery!

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  1. Norma-USA

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  2. bluey

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    eeish , she did alright
     

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    looks like she did fine, assuming she is fairly new at shooting such firearms.

    i cant wear ear muffs when shooting my Gibbs with heavy loads (they will come off). Norma doesnt load their 500 Jeffery ammunition overly stout either so im sure that made it a little easier.

    -matt
     

  5. colorado

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    It's really more of a push than a sharp recoil ...
     
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  6. spike.t

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    agree she did fine, and it would have been good to see how her next few shots were. must have been ok to get them on target as stated.
     

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    sounds good i dont mind being a wimp occasionally ;) the shop i use in lusaka is getting some norma 500 in so will be interesting to try it. still haven dared to ask the price though..........:E Scared:
     

  9. colorado

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    Mine come off every shot off of the bench with my 500 Jeffey, my sons think it's hilarious, but I use foamies too so I'm fine. Offhand just ear muffs work great. That young lady did fabulous shooting the 500.
     
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  10. Gert Odendaal

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    Maybe it was prudent just to assist her with the correct body posture, leaning into the rifle , supporting with your back leg/foot would have given her a much lesser recoil ....I am not thinking it is fair to give somebody a heavy caliber to shoot and not coaching her the correct stance...(n)
     
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    I used to shoot my 500 a little differently than my 270 Win, because it was a bit jolting at first. Now, offhand, I pick up either rifle and shoot them just like I've shot my 270 for 40 years. No adjustments needed for me at least.
     

  12. Gert Odendaal

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    Maybe it is better describe as to commit yourself to the .500 Jeffery when taking the shot, when shooting heavy calibers frequently , leaning into the rifle really makes it more comfortable to shoot, standing up straight is just another way to make yourself a punching bag... (y)
     
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    Well there you go equality on parade! Never let it be said that girls aren't allowed to do what the boys do! Good for her!
     
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    .500 Jefferey is a formidable rifle. I've never fired one, but stance and shooting form, are important for handling that recoil.
     

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    I have all the respect in the world for those who can shoot these big rifles well. I can't. And since I like hunting, and pride myself on shooting at least reasonably well, I long ago decided not to develop a flinch by pretending to be made of sterner stuff than I am. I will stick to my .416 Rigby for the big stuff - there isn't anything it won't kill I do my job.
     
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    They are always important. The trick is if you're already a decent rifle shot to not let the rifle tame you, but to tame it.
     

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    She did real good. I have seen plenty men drop or lose grip on a 500.
     
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  18. Gert Odendaal

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    As for everything in life , you need to invest time and money to be able to achieve goals. To ensure you shoot a super bore rifle like a .500 Jeffery well and accurate, you need to spend quantity time with the rifle, not only shooting it but handling the rifle as much as possible, carrying it, picking it up, aiming , trigger practice and following through the shot, visualizing where the bullet hit and penetrate ....
    Simple advise....?(y) on the contrary, few hunters practice these procedures at all...then the "flinching monster " sets in.....a great deal of recoil is a mind set...as for every thing else in life you need to climb a ladder of progress....commence with a small caliber like a .22LR and work through different calibers , working on your shooting stance until you have learned to shoot the heavy caliber rifles...another simple piece of knowledge...again, few hunters follow this common sense practice...(y):D
     
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    I can't fault what you say Gert, but I will say this: there is recoil, and there is more recoil. It's the laws of physics. Yes, you can "learn" how to deal with recoil, but some will always be more comfortable with greater recoil than others. For example, other things being equal, a heavier person will be able to absorb more recoil than a light person. Again, laws of physics. That said, recoil is punishment, and I see no reason to put myself through that without a very good reason. And since a .416 can put down any of God's creatures if I do my part, why would I want to even try to shoot something bigger? At my age, I am long past having anything to prove . . .
     
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    I suppose its that typical female thing of any thing you can do I can do better but she actually manage it by the sound of it. Well done that lady I'd say.
     
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