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Hardest recoiling 12ga 3'' magnum load

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Chevelle SS, Jul 8, 2013.

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  1. Chevelle SS

    Chevelle SS Member

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    A friend of mine and I were shooting my coach gun and he complained that a 3'' magnum slug didn't recoil enough. I thought I should oblige him, :evil: so what is the hardest recoiling 12ga 3'' round out there? Maybe a turkey load? :confused:
     
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  2. jmr40

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    Yep. A 3", 1 3/4 oz turkey load at about 1300 fps is almost double the projectile weight, and probably faster too.
     
  3. guyfromohio

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    +1 on the turkey load.
     
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    And secretly he went home and iced down his shoulder with a bag of frozen peas.
     
  5. rcmodel

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    Has your friend considered seeing a mental health professional

    rc
     
  6. LeonCarr

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    Brenneke 3 Inch Black Magic Slugs (1 3/8 ounce) for smoothbores or Brenneke 3 Inch Magnum Crush Slugs (1 1/2 ounce) for rifled barrels.

    Let him shoot one of those in a single shot H&R or that coach gun and I'll bet he will change his tune quick on recoil. The Magnum Crush Slugs are advertised as weighing 666 Grains :).

    If he says those don't kick, look at www.dixieslugs.com

    Just my .02,
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  7. Arizona_Mike

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    In my experience with my Lupara (played around when it was barely legal length--still waiting for my stamp from early Feb) is it payload weight much more than velocity. 15 pellet 1 7/8 oz 00 loads have a good kick, 2 oz Turkey or #4 Buck loads too. Slugs are pretty gentle in comparison.

    Mike
     
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  8. Chevelle SS

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    I actually do have a box of the Black Magic slugs that I was saving for a "rainy" day. Might be time to whip them out.
     
  9. itsa pain

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    I do not think the difference in brands of heavy loads matter as much as the shotgun firing it. there is quite a difference with the same load in other shotguns
     
  10. JohnBT

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    I have a partial box left of ammo I bought in 1993 to shoot through my new 870 Express. I gave 2 to my uncle - he shot one and gave the other one back. :) He fired it in a light pump too.

    Remington 3" Premier Magnum 2-ounce at 1200 fps.

    I wanted something with kick to impress my friends and relatives, but overdid it. I went back to my father's standard turkey round - high brass #6 in 20 ga.
     
  11. mio

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    I'm not a masochist so i sold the only 12ga I owned that would take 3" shells. I did play with it a lot while i had it and it was the magnum 00 rounds that were the worst. I think they were 15 pellet. Oh and when you offer them to him feel free to have your full choke tubes in they should add a bit of spice.
     
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    I own a 12 gauge 3.5"gas gun. It will NEVER see 3 or 3.5"shells - ever. It won't even see heavy 12 gauge 2-3/4"shells. In fact, it is downright sweet to shoot with my 3/4oz reloads running right at 1210 fps thank you very much.

    If your friend is trying to act macho, you might also give him the name of a good ortho shoulder surgeon - he'll need one sooner or later
     
  13. Chevelle SS

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    ^This gun has fixed chokes.
     
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    Honestly.... My benelli takes up to 3.5 and the turkey loads are the only loads I shoot over 2.75.
     
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    try a 3" slug in a Encore that will do it :what:
     
  16. Torian

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    This is it for 3 in. The hardest recoiling 2 3/4 slugs I've found are the Special Forces slugs by Brenneke.
     
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    One thing to consider when shooting huge recoil ammo in any form is the very real possibility of getting a detached retina from the recoil - not something you want to have happen
     
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    I doubt it's as potent as some, but I shot some federal tru-ball slugs that I thought were stout. 2-3/4", 1oz. @ 1600fps. Hand it to him and say, "oh this won't be bad..."

    But I don't know really - it might be chump change compared to some of these other loads...
     
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    2 1/4 oz Active.

    I lost three teeth by shooting a turkey left handed using a 2 1/4 oz Active 3". I have shot Ultra Mags, a 338 win mag, and a 458, but I have never been stomped as bad as I was by those Actives. I think, (read, hope and pray), that they are not made now.
     
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    You talk about KICK, try my H&R single barrel 10 gauge, 3.5 in. magnum, 2 3/8 oz. of #6 shot, damn near takes your shoulder off, it is definitely to darn much for this old country boy...............
     
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    My regular turkey load is 2 ounces of #4, 3" that I shoot from my ~7lb Mossberg 500. Sure it kicks some, but it's a slow, steady push you can roll with. I've shot a 300 Weatherby Magnum that was far less pleasant to shoot.

    One time I did make the mistake of touching one of the turkey loads off when I was all twisted up and had my right shoulder leaning on a tree. Now that hurt. I won't make that mistake again!
     
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    A number of gun writers and big game hunters have experienced detached retinas but that is mostly from big overbore magnum rifles.

    Actually the prognosis is very good for reattachment.

    Mike
     
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    Talking about recoil has anyone shot a 600 Nitro Express, well I did about 30 years ago, and I just recently stopped flinching while shooting a .22LR. It was an old Holland & Holland SXS rifle made in England around the turn of the century. Now that is one a$$ kicking round.
     
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    Az Mike - and some of these uber shotgun loads approach some of the big bores in the recoil department. I have enough issues with eyes to add that to the equation
     
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    I've owned a couple of the 3 1/2" pumps, Benelli Nova and 870 supermag. The 3 1/2" steel loads were stout, but tolerable. The lead turkey loads I tried in them were just too much. Never seen a turkey I wanted to shoot bad enough to put up with that much recoil. I've fired a 416 Rigby and 458 WM that were much easier on recoil to me. Part of that was a 9-10 lb rifle compared to a 7 lb shotgun.
     
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