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    Reducing Recoil

    To reduce recoil on my Ruger556, I'm thinking of switching to a heavier buffer. In doing so, do I need to change out the spring as well, or can I just use the spring in there now? I have less than 100rds through the rifle as of now. Thanks in advance for any and all advice.


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    If your really interested in reducing recoil get a good muzzle brake. This one works ridiculously well.

    https://precisionarmament.com/produc...l-compensator/

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    Reducing Recoil

    Buffer drives timing not recoil impulse.
    VG6 Gamma is also a good choice.

    Another alternative is heavier barrel profile, other weight in handguard, etc.

    Andrew - Lancaster, CA
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    Last edited by lordmorgul; 07-05-19 at 17:16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kansaswoodguy View Post
    If your really interested in reducing recoil get a good muzzle brake. This one works ridiculously well.

    https://precisionarmament.com/produc...l-compensator/
    I currently have a Lantec Dragon muzzle brake. I was told by one of my enlisted friends a heavier buffer would help reducing recoil. Mine is not bad, just trying to soften it as much as possible for the Mrs/kids.


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    Depending on the specific gun, a heavier buffer can increase "pop"/recoil. I would never use anything other than a USGI/Colt SS spring. For super smoothness you can either regulate the gas with an adjustable gas block, or buy a 14.5 middy from Brave Company. The bravo 14.5 middies are the smoothest/softest shooting uppers ever.
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    Recoil reduction from a less than 1 oz change in buffer weight will be minimal. As was already stated, either increase the carbine's weight (unlikely to be appreciated by the wife/kids), install a very effective muzzle break (also unlikely to be appreciated due to increased blast), or install a soft recoil pad.

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    Well, a buffer will make very little difference unless you’re talking a highly over gassed 14.5 pencil barrel M4 configuration... are you?

    A VG6 Gamma muzzle brake and CAGE device together has great true/felt recoil and much lower perceived recoil due to the sound and blast reduction.

    A 22lr conversion has much lower recoil.


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    I'm probably going to go with a different recoil pad. Thank you guys for the advice. It made me do a little research instead of just blindly following friendly advice. Here's a pic of what I have.

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    Last edited by coachjenorris; 07-05-19 at 22:14.

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