Bullet weights and recoil?

Bullet weights and recoil?

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    Bullet weights and recoil?

    I was shooting at my local range tonight and something dawned on me,it seemed that the 158gr .357 magnum loads I was firing out of my 2 1/2in. Ruger SP101 seemd to have significantly less felt recoil and also produced less muzzle climb than the 110gr. and 125gr. loads I was shooting. Now is this just me or do the lighter weight bullets in .357 magnum produce more recoil than the lighter one?


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    The amount of perceived recoil depends on the interplay of a number of factors, one of which is bullet weight. All other things being equal, a heavier bullet will produce more felt recoil. Of course, all the other things are almost never equal. Firearm weight is a factor if you are firing from different firearms. Velocity enters into the picture, as does the amount of powder, how much of it is burned vs. ejected, and probably the weight of moonlight too.

    In the case you describe, the particular combination for your 158-grain load can indeed create less felt recoil than in your lighter-weight bullet combinations. A different 158-grain load might indeed feel heavier in the recoil department than the others.

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    That about covers it.

    Good job, Falcon1
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