20 gauge vs 12 gauge recoil


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kane
January 30, 2003, 05:15 PM
Witch would have more recoil,7 1/4 lb 12 gauge or a 6 1/4 lb 20 gauge,both guns would be shooting 3in mag turkey loads.I would think the 20 would still kick less.Do you think there yould be a big difference? Thanks.

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Dave McCracken
January 30, 2003, 06:08 PM
WHICH turkey loads? The weight of the ejecta counts as much as speed.

Apples to apples, both will kick hard....

TrapperReady
January 30, 2003, 06:09 PM
This isn't exact, but might help for comparison:

20ga 3" 1 1/4oz@1185 6.5lb gun = 31.0 ft lbs
12ga 3" 1 7/8oz@1210 7.5lb gun = 60.1 ft lbs

The following link provides the formula and a generic table:

http://www.chuckhawks.com/shotgun_recoil_table.htm

kane
January 30, 2003, 09:53 PM
Thanks TrapperReady, that's just what I was looking for.

labgrade
January 31, 2003, 02:02 AM
Dave's "both will kick hard" is apt. Any of my dedicated turkey loads "kick harder" than my elk loads in a rifle.

Better question, kane, might be "which will do want I want best for how I want to do it."

Fer starters, a 2-3/4" (in either gauge) may pattern very nicely depending on load & choke. 'Course, you do have to have the SG availavle to pattern.

Are you looking to buy a new SG, etc. & want to maximize?

All told, recoil is subjective relative to fit & a coupla other things. Yeah, it may kick harder, but you might not feel it as much.

My 12 ga 870, shooting Fed's 2 oz #4 turkey load doesn't seem nearly as bad as shooting a 1-1/2 oz load of #4s from another 20 ga 870 - & the 12 patterns much better a good 12-15 yards further out.

Relative.

& the 12 does offer a better full-selection of other loads, etc. all told.

FWIW.

cratz2
January 31, 2003, 03:57 PM
The only turkey loads I've ever tried were the Federal Premium. I think they were 1 7/8 Oz and were No 4 shot. They kicked a lot. A whole bunch. Maybe I'm just a whimp but those and the cheap 3" Remington Sluggers both kick a whole whole bunch in a fairly light weight shutgun.

kane
January 31, 2003, 06:09 PM
cratz2, I think you are right.I have a Win 1300 12gauge,it's only 6.75 lbs.Shooting 3in mags out of it is not my idea of fun.That's what got me thinking about going to a 20gauge.

JohnBT
February 1, 2003, 01:14 AM
Next you need to measure the area of the buttpads on each gun to calculate the contact area on your shoulder. Then you can figure the force per square inch.

Ignoring all that, I'd take the 12 and buy smaller loads if the big ones hurt too much.

John

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