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soft recoiling 20 gauge shotgun

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by duckmaster, Mar 1, 2012.

  1. duckmaster

    duckmaster New Member

    My wife attended the NRA Women on Target last year at my gun club and loved the skeet and trap shooting. I am very interested in buying her a 20 gauge auto loader shotgun. I have narrowed it down to either the 20 gauge M2 from Benelli versus a 20 gauge beretta AL391. Has anyone shot both weapons to determine which shotgun may be best for reduced recoil? Also, I want to add a recoil pad to my 12 gauge Remington 11-87 autoloader. I dont know if I should get the Sims Recoil reduction pad or the kickeez reduction pad. Thoughts???
  2. Gordon

    Gordon Well-Known Member

    The AL391 is a heck of a lot softer recoiling in 20 gauge than an M2 ! Oddly the Rem 1100 20 gauge has alway felt down right softest to me. Preacherman beat me out of mine to teach girls with because he found that too. Maybe the soft 1100 gas system plus the fact that it is no lightweight is the reason. I like Kickeez pads a lot!
  3. Countryboy7

    Countryboy7 Active Member

    I have one of them cheap Winchester ranger 20 guages and to be honest it's a great gun. Modified choke nails chimney sparrows that fly around the house. They get in our chimneys and build nests so we have to get rid of them.
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Well-Known Member

    Between the two you mentioned, the Beretta would be my choice by a wide margin. I actually prefer the Remingtons for new shooters. I think they shoot a little softer, and extra stocks and such are a bit easier to find, too.
  5. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    A gas operated 20 ga is your best bet for low recoil..

    There are several to pick from. My choice is the Remington 1100 wingmaster 20 ga with a 26" barrel. It is very mild in recoil. Not all semi-autos have mild recoil , so stay with the "gas guns" and you will notice the difference. Snoop
  6. oneounceload

    oneounceload member

    A gas operated gun THAT FITS will have the lowest recoil. The Berettas are known for their soft shooting and ability ti handle light target loads
  7. Sav .250

    Sav .250 Well-Known Member

    Try a reduced load. If they make them for the 20 ga. That way, either way you go,it`s all good. J s/n. :)
  8. bob9125

    bob9125 Active Member

    Have you considered the Browning Silver Hunter? In addition to soft recoil, the speed load feature is a big plus for target shooting.
  9. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    Some reduced loads will not cycle in my wife's

    Remington 1100. Gas guns can be finicky with reduced loads. That said , one can try them.
  10. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    Beretta makes that light kicking 391 20 in a version with a reduced length stock. Check it out.....
  11. tombstonejim

    tombstonejim New Member

    A benelli super sport. Recoil sytem in stock ported. Its the only gun my wifes likes to shoot clays with. I have a Remington 1100 20 ga and it has nototacible more recoil than the Benelli.
  12. allaroundhunter

    allaroundhunter Well-Known Member

    Benelli's use an inertia driven system that increases felt recoil over the gas-operated shotguns (i.e. Beretta), but their Comfortech stock puts the felt recoil about even (for me at least)

    I have a Beretta 12 ga set up for sporting clays that recoils less than any other shotgun that I have fired including a Benelli M2 20 ga (I will try to get a pic of it over spring break here in a week).

    I have never used a kickeez recoil pad, but my Limbsaver is a great choice and I recommend it to anyone looking for a new recoil pad.
  13. snooperman

    snooperman Well-Known Member

    The Winchester model 1400 is another

    favorite of mine for low recoil in a 20 ga. They are not too expensive and can be found in gun shops and gunbroker.
  14. waterhouse

    waterhouse Well-Known Member

    My wife owned the Benelli and 391 as well as the Beretta A303, which I think is just the older version of the 391, all in 20 gauge.

    After shooting with all 3, she disliked the recoil of the Benelli, like both Bertettas, and ended up choosing the A303. It was the first time she ever chose the least expensive gun when making a decision.
  15. duckmaster

    duckmaster New Member

    low recoil 12 vs 20

    OK, so I now knowI want a gas operated shotgun (for my bride). Now there is a new twist with my descision. I am thinking between a 20 gauge AL391 Urika 2 xtra grain and the new A400 xplor light 12 gauge (with kickoff). What I am looking for is a low recoil shotgun for the skeet/trap ranges. Even though there is more kick with a 12 gauge, will the Ko (kcikoff) compensate the the larger shotgun. I am not a serious target shooter but will use this weapon in the field when my bride is not using it at the gun club. Thoughts?.............
  16. bob9125

    bob9125 Active Member

    Obviously you are a Beretta man. But, if it were my money and I wanted a soft shooting 12 gauge that would cycle anything, I would have to take a serious look at the Browning Maxus. Adjustable stock. Under 7 pounds. 3" model cycles loads down to 7/8 ounce.
  17. MathurinKerbouchard

    MathurinKerbouchard Well-Known Member

    The gun that fits her best.

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