The best recoil pad can be slip-on, grind-to-fit, and precision-fit.
These pads absorb the shock from gun recoil. Shooters use these shock absorbers over their long firearms, such as shotguns and rifles, for body protection and gun stability, whatever their specific shooting styles and preferences are.
LimbSaver Slip-On 10545 Recoil Pads
The LimbSaver Slip-On 10545 is made out of patented Noise and Vibration Control Material (NaVCoM) by Sims Vibration Laboratory (SVL).
This easy-to-install slip-on (just slip it over your gun’s stock) recoil pad is designed for all-weather durability and comfort.
Because the felt recoil is significantly reduced by up to 70%, the pad protects your shoulder pocket from severe jarring and bruising, as well as corrects eye relief nuisance straight away.
It does not easily break down even in extreme use. They are available in small and medium sizes and are easy on the pocket at below $30; not really cheap if you compare with the many brands that fill the market.
But LimbSaver is a trusted brand and this particular edition fits me like a glove.
It is designed to provide the same cushioning protection as those of other precision-fit pads produced by LimbSaver earlier. Later, they came up with a newer version, the LimbSaver AirTech Slip-on.
The experience and satisfaction were very much the same with the earlier version, except that it was understandably a few bucks costlier being a newer product in the market.
So it’s an easy decision to stick with the cheaper version. When shooting during the winter season, you could just take it off since you’d be clad several layers thick; they’re adequate to provide protective cushion. The entire pad measures 4-5/8” to 5-1/8” wide by 1-3/16” to 1-3/4” long, with a half-inch thickness, and comes with a 1-year limited warranty.
Pachmayr Decelerator Slip-on Recoil Pads
Pachmayr Decelerator Slip-on Recoil Pads have the widest array of top quality custom-made recoil pads available in the market which are designed for all sorts of shooting sport.
The Pachmayr Decelerator Slip-On Recoil pad is one of the best, so far, in recoil control designed to boost your gun’s outer look and feel and increase your shooting ability.
It fits all sizes from small to large stocks and weighs 6 ounces. The following sizes are available: Small – for stocks that measure 1-1/2″ to 1-5/8″ by 4-3/4″ to 4-7/8; Medium – for stocks measuring 1-1/2″ to 1-3/4″ by 5″ to 5-3/16″; and Large – for stocks measuring 1-3/4″ to 1-7/8″ by 5-3/16″ to 5-7/16″.
The Small size is perfect for most shotguns, like the H&R Pardner, Defender model Winchester 1200, speed-pump Winchester 1300, pump-action Mossberg 500, and L.C. Smith factory stocks.
The Pachmayr Decelerator is particularly lightweight and built for durability to withstand extreme weather conditions. They’re actually cheaper than LimbSaver pads at below $20 and are made in the USA.
Remington SuperCell Recoil Pads
When you get to use the Remington SuperCell Recoil pad, you get the feeling right away that it was a product of painstaking research.
The highly durable and unbelievably lightweight SuperCell is made with a very advanced polymer construction technology. It greatly decreases recoil and muzzle travel, thus resulting to more efficient shooting performance.
Compared to leading competitors, the Model 870 tested using various pads got 54% less recoil with SuperCell than the other brands. The technology used here is truly leading-edge.
The pad is firm and dense; gives in to pressure in a flexing manner without being overly spongy. It effectively provides cushion against kickback, but does not deprive you of the feel of the stock.
Although this may not matter much to some, the pad’s outer coating comes pretty frictionless when it comes in contact with clothing. That’s not what can be said of the other pads which feel gummy against fibre.
For quick and easy gun mounting, with no flinching or tugging with fabric whatsoever, these pads literally come clean.
The drawback there is that, the Remington SuperCell will not be the best rifle recoil pad for shotgun that did not come out of the box with R3 or SuperCell pads. The price is closer to the Decelerator at slightly over $20 than.