If Hydro-Coil does a satisfactory job of reducing shotgun recoil, it does a sensational one on powerful big-bore rifles like the 338, 375 and 458 magnums, which deliver a much more violent punch to the shooter. Hoge expects to manufacture Cycolac Hydro-Coil stocks for several popular big-game rifles by the end of the year.
For the occasional shooter, or the competitive shooter who fires steadily for hours, Hydro-Coil should be a welcome relief. It will appeal immediately to trap and skeet shooters, particularly youngsters, women and elderly people who suffer most from the shock of recoil. It probably will be accepted even by stubborn shooters who silently endure recoil on the range and then proudly wear their black-and-blue marks afterwards.
Orders are already pouring in, but Hoge is not sitting back. He is perfecting his latest invention—a butter-dispensing machine. "No hands will touch the butter," says Hoge. "You just push a plunger and a pat of butter drops onto the plate." Next year it will be butter instead of guns.