Pachmayr Slip-on Recoil Pad – Review

I can't bring myself to mount a recoil pad on my Henry's 45-70 but if recoil bothers you then a Pachmyr Slip-on Recoil Pad is a good option.
I can’t bring myself to mount a recoil pad on my Henry’s 45-70 but if recoil bothers you then a Pachmayr Slip-on Recoil Pad is a good option.

U.S.A.-( The Pachmayr Slip-On Recoil Pad has multiple uses. The first benefit that you would think of is to reduce recoil when sighting in multiple rifles. I don’t care how tough you are if you’re shooting numerous rounds through a .338 Win. Mag. while testing various ammo from different manufacturers or just sighting in numerous rifles it’s hard not to start flinching.

Of course in the above scenarios I love using a Caldwell Lead Sled or a Caldwell HydroSled. But maybe you’re a kid on a paper route budget or just starting out raising a family and can’t afford either one of these. If not, the Pachmayr Slip-On Recoil Pad is a great option to reduce recoil which in turn helps you shoot better when doing a lot of shooting.

Pachmayr Slip-on Recoil Pad

Another benefit of the Pachmayr Slip-On Recoil Pad is if you’re shooting your shotgun on a hot Texas dove hunt and let’s say your shotgun is fitted to your size for winter duck hunts when you’re wearing heavy clothing. Suddenly the butt is a little too short. A slip-on pad can be a cheap way to increase the length of pull.

Another good use for the Pachmayr Slip-On Recoil Pad is if you’re a black powder hunter or for using on your Henry’s lever actions. I don’t want to sound old school but it seems sacrilegious to put a permanent butt pad on either one of these guns doesn’t it? But no doubt, if you don’t have any lead in your pants or you’re a kid or a petite little woman either one of those two may kick you like the Proverbial mule with their hard butt plate. Why not use the Pachmayr Slip-On Recoil Pad? You can slip it on while sighting in either one of the two or when hunting them but remove it while in camp or at home so it still looks cool and has the original cowboy look.

So a slip-on butt pad has many uses. Another one is to extend the years of service that a kid can get out of their youth guns. If you bought your kid a gun with a youth stock when they were kids, they will soon be outgrowing them when they hit their early teenage years. Putting on a slip-on pad allows them to use the gun for a few more years.

This is a little bit of a foreign problem for me. Dad & Mom bought us, kids, our first shotgun when we were 10 yrs. old. Of course as a 6-7 yr. old I hadn’t received mine yet. So I used my sister’s shotgun. I couldn’t reach the trigger so I’d hold it under my arm like Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies and shoot like that. It was a little hard to hit doves zipping by in that manner but I got by. Dad would only let me load one shell at a time. So I’m kinda in the mode of buy kids a real gun that they can use all of their lives.

The Pachmayr Slip-on Recoil Pad is available in two colors-brown or black and comes in three sizes, small, medium, or large. The MSRP is $15.50.

If you have a lot of shooting to do and can’t afford a Caldwell Lead Sled then you might just want to check out this slip-on pad and try to reduce the bone-jarring (((RRReeccoilllllllll))) of your magnum rifle.

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Pachmayr are made in china. I just bought one from Limbsaver. Cost $3 more than the comparable Pachmayr. Limbsaver is made in USA. Please consider not sending any more aid and comfort ($) to our enemy.


Or wear a hunting jacket with a padded shoulder. Always cracks me up when guys shoot big calibers in a t-shirt and complain. But the slip-on pad is a handy device to have!


Yes- I’ve used one! There are also slip on pads for the AR! I used one with 450 bushmaster it it worked well.

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It might be a good idea to clarify that the 15.50 mentioned in the article is for the old school pachy pad, not the much better and newer decelerator type. Many people who aren’t up on this may get to the end of the review and see ads for 25 to 30 dollar pachy pads and be confused.