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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Which Gun After Shoulder Surgery?

A week ago I had shoulder surgery where the rotator cuff, labrum, and upper bicep tendon were all torn. my surgeon says no shooting for 6-8 months so I'll miss waterfowl hunting this year. All my shotgun hunting is done with either pumps or an O/U. My question is would I be better off recoil wise, getting a semiauto before next season or stick to the pumps and the O/U? Any advice would be appreciated, thanks.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-01-2018, 10:40 PM
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IMO opinion i would move to a semi auto, lot less recoil. why undo what the surgeon fixed. you will want a gas operated recoil system and not an inertia recoil system.


the inertia recoil system has more "Kick".


if you must stay with the pump and O/U take a serious look at the limbsaver recoil pads and especially the limbsaver protective shooting pad. it slides over your shoulder and straps around the chest. it can be worn under your hunting vest or coat. i could shoot a full box of rifled slugs from my 870 with no problems when i wore mine.

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Semi...gas system!
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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 08:27 AM
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My wife has a Beretta with the Kickoff System in the stock it is amazing the amount of recoil reduction in that gun. She couldn't shoot even 10- 15 rounds through a 20 gauge s x s that i had, and with this new 12 gauge, she can shoot an entire round of sporting clays (100 rounds) without issue!
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 08:48 AM
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Like someone else said - you don't want to mess up what gets fixed. With today's ammunition - I don't feel all that handicapped when I decide to shoot one of my 20 gauges. I have a Beretta 390 20 gauge (you'll need to shop used for one). I got the gun used and took the plastic butt plate off and added a limbsaver recoil pad to get the LOP correct. That recoil pad and the gas system makes that gun extremely soft shooting.
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my wife killed a gobbler this year with her 20 gauge and # 7 1/2 shot
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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 02:30 PM
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Go with a gas operated 20 ga semi auto. It maybe a little light for geese but it will still get the job done with#2 shot. I've switched to the 20 ga for turkey with no regrets
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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 03:34 PM
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As said, gas semiautomatic is the softest recoiling gun. The more weight the less felt recoil. Beretta has my vote all the way here, a400 or xtrema both on the heavy side and very little felt recoil. Also, the old auto 5's run close to 9 lbs and have very low recoil as well.
Hope your recovery goes well and you are back after them next year.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 04:38 PM
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I haven't run hard kickers in it, but even with its light weight and inertia system, my Benelli Montefeltro is a super soft kicker. I've run high brass 6's in it, but nothing like a waterfowl or turkey load.

I notice the bolt clacking as it moves more than I notice the recoil.
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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old 08-02-2018, 06:32 PM
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Thats like a Dr's note to buy a new Gun !!
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