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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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slug gun recoil

What is the recoil of a 12 guage with a 2 3/4 shell?
What is the recoil of a 20 gauge with a 3 shell?

I have shot a winchester 1300 with a 3" shell and it kicks the snot outta ya, looking at purchasing a slug gun, hear lots of people optiming for the 20 gauge because of recoil. I want to be able to shoot 125 yards and am considering a Mossberg 500. Just curious at home much recoil the gun produces. I hear a 20 gauge is not worse than a 243, but I know that a 12 gauge kicks.

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Re: slug gun recoil

I have a 20 ga. encore and love it. I always heard to stay with the 2 3/4 shells. Mine likes the Hornaday SST. Use to shoot 12 ga but just no fun.
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Re: slug gun recoil

about the same as a 375 h&h
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Re: slug gun recoil

I'm with Blueeagle... I have the same set-up and also shoot the 2-3/4" 20ga. Deadly combination. There's just no need for all the 12ga. recoil.

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Re: slug gun recoil

what? slug guns dont kick

all kiding aside get you a good recoil pad and there harmless. truley it all depends on the gun. some will nock your teeth out and some are reasonable.
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Re: slug gun recoil

I have hunted with a 20ga 870 for the last 15 years. It's a smoothebore and I shoot 2-3/4" Remington sluggers. I would say its comparable to the .243 recoil, maybe just a little stiffer. You won't notice it shooting at deer. 125 yards is about the max I would push any slug gun, but thats just me. I hear alot of talk about people shooting much further, but I gotta see to believe.
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Re: slug gun recoil

put a big buck in front of you, you wont be able to tell if your shooting a .22 or a 10gauge.

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Re: slug gun recoil

Friend of mine just bought a 20 gauge mossberg 500 combo last year. I have the same gun, but in 12 gauge. I wish I would have bought the 20.

We did a lot of load testing with his this year, and after firing about 15 boxes of different ammo away I will say it is about like my 270. Maybe a bit less. We shot all 2 3/4" out of it. In his case the faster the slug the worse it shot. Didn't matter the brand. There was no point in trying 3" shells in it. The best grouping we got was from the winchester super X sabots. We got all 5 rounds touching at 50 yards. Those shot somewhere around 1500 fps. The recol was also very light, and it only shot about an inch low at 100 yards. Winchester supremes shot really good at 1700 fps, but not quite as good as the super X. The supreme golds at 1900 fps were starting to throw patterns. The recoil was also starting to get a lot harder. We tried several other brands of ammo, but he settled on the super X as they shot great, and were dirt cheap.

My 12 gauge however.......Likejun1or said above, you will never notice the kick when there is a big buck in front of you. That's the only time. The recoil of my gun is severe at the bench. I honestly just don't like shooting it, and I love to shoot. My buddy with the 20 gauge shot mine while we were out, and he said he would never shoot it again. I can tolerate about 10 rounds before it had to go away.

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Re: slug gun recoil

on the bench, im HATE all three of my slug guns. its just abuse with a 12 gauge. luckily i only have to put one shell through them in the fall to make sure they are still on. my next slug gun will be a 20 gauge, to experiment with.

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I think what people are forgetting to say is about the weight of the slug..shooting a 1-1/2oz slug compared to a 300 grain slug is gona be alot different in recoil

It's called SHOT PLACEMENT not a bigger caliber
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