What centerfire rifle rounds kick would be comparable to a 12 Ga 3 1/2 Turkey Load or 12 Ga 3in slug?
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November 9, 2006, 08:48 AM
As far as a 3.5 turkey load, it feels to me that the shotgun kicks about as much, if not a little more than a .30-06 with 180g bullets. However, you must realize that not all shotguns have the same felt recoil. This is also true with rifles. My shotgun is a Benelli Nova Pump with 24" barrel. I was also using a Carlson's Turkey ported choke. The rifle was a Winchester Model 70 Super Shadow.
November 9, 2006, 08:56 AM
7.62x54R Russian with 200 grn loads in a M38 carbine.
November 9, 2006, 09:53 AM
There is a pretty elaborate formula to calculate recoil in ft/lb.
Weapon weight, powder and projectile weight (and wad wt. in shotguns), and muzzle velocity are all factors. Changing any one of them will change recoil.
To answer your question directly, here are comparisons taken from recoil tables in "Understanding Firearm Ballistics" by Robert A. Rinker.
12Ga-3" shotgun: 4 dram load, 1 3/4 shot charge, muzzle velocity 1245 fps, gun weight 8 lbs. Recoil energy is 55.4 ft/lbs.