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Which shotgun kicks least in 12 gauge?

Discussion in 'GSSF' started by alfred10, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. alfred10

    alfred10

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    How much less does a longer barrel double barrel shotgun kick than a coach gun? I am looking for a 12 gauge. Does a few inches make that much of a difference?
     
  2. doubletap1

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    Ammo makes a bigger difference than barrel length.
     

  3. armorplated

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    A semi automatic will generate less perceived recoil than pumps or break open actions.

    Barrel length won't make a difference. (For every action, and all that.)

    Now, if you're comparing a 14 inch barrel to a 30 inch barrel, muzzle flip is definitely a factor.
     
  4. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

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    With a coach gun you're going to eat most of the recoil. The barrel length will decrease muzzle flip, but not significantly reduce recoil. If you're recoil sensitive you have several choices:

    Purchase low recoil ammunition (it helps some)

    Purchase a semi-automatic shotgun (best solution if you want to stick with 12 gauge). A gas-operated semi-auto will have less recoil than a recoil operated one.

    Switch to 20 gauge
     
  5. doubletap1

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    .....or stop being such a gurley-man. :supergrin:
     
  6. WayaX

    WayaX Lifetime Member

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    You can only say that when shooting a 10 gauge.
     
  7. hatidua

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    A 12g is going to kick. Cope.
     
  8. Jeff82

    Jeff82 NRA Benefactor CLM

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    Short answer: No it doesn't.

    If you're this worried about recoil (that you'd factor barrel length) 12 gauge is not for you.
     
  9. Cole125

    Cole125 Silver Member

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    Break barrels kick a lot more than pumps or semi auto's.

    As had been said semi-autos have the least recoil, but most are not reliable enough for HD/SD purposes.

    In any shotgun recoil between 12g and 20g is very similar, not noticeable to me.
     
  10. CBennett

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    im gonna also guess a semi auto
     
  11. Reb 56

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    Remington 1100 12 ga is a very soft shooting shotgun.
     
  12. Puppy

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    Yea semi-autos recoil a lot less, Knoxx makes recoil absorbing stocks that make pumps shoot just as soft as semi-autos.
     
  13. sputnik767

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    If you are a regular-sized man with no health issues, you should not worry about 12 gauge recoil. Yes, it'll kick, especially if you like shooting 3" magnum slugs out of it, but it ain't gonna kill you. I only weight 130 lbs, so I have a smaller frame than the average guy, and I have no problem with the strongest-recoil 12" magnum slugs.
     
  14. Greg F.

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    Having a good quality recoil pad will make a bigger difference in felt recoil than the length of the barrel will. Try replacing the factory pad with one made by Pachmayr or Limbsaver. Most shotguns come from the factory with pads that are too hard and don't do a good job at absorbing recoil.
     
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    If you want a lesser recoil 12guage then dump the double barrel and look at the Benelli... they have less recoil hands down
    http://www.benelliusa.com/innovations/comfortech_system.php
     
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  16. glock2740

    glock2740 Gun lover.

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    Very true.
     
  17. CajunBass

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    Yep. That's the truth. An 1100's recoil is more of a soft push than a quick kick. Probably most gas operated semi's are like that, but the 1100 is the only one I've ever shot.

    Fixed breach guns, like pumps and doubles kick about the same to me. Weight is the only thing that helps with them. Not so much that a heavier gun kicks less, but a lighter one sure seems to kick more.

    The only difference barrel length would make is adding a little weight.
     
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  18. DoubleDog

    DoubleDog Grrrrr.....

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    Yep...

    I have a 30 year old 12 gauge Ithaca Deer Slayer, that kicked like a fricken mule -- not fun to shoot at all...I threw on a Pachmayer slip on recoil pad ($12), and it was like shooting a different gun...No pain at all...

    DD~
     
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    how about the beretta xtrema2
     
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