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Home defense/skeet/ felt recoil

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by iyn, Oct 21, 2012.

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  1. iyn

    iyn Member

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    I got my first long gun, an old Remington 870 from my uncle and tried skeet to get some shooting practice with it. A friend is fitting me with a sock and I'm shooting it on his Remington 1100. Of course now I enjoy skeet and I want to get a second gun. with limited funds I have 2 choices, a lower cost 20 gauge 870 that has the same manual operation but now I have to buy another type of ammunition. or go with higher cost 1100 in 12 gauge but not add another type of ammo to keep in supply and learn another gun system. and since I'm 50 years old I do have concerns about recoil in my old age, so which has more felt recoil, Remington 1100 in 12 gauge or Remington 870 in 20 gauge?
     
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    One advantage of a pump-action is that it should cycle pretty much *anything* - including very light loads.

    Regards,

    Mark.
     
  3. throdgrain

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    The 1100 will have much less felt recoil than the 870, regardless of size.

    The 20 gauge may well have more felt recoil than the same gun in 12 gauge, as the gun is lighter too.
     
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    20 ga 870 i had years ago kicked like a mule. Go with the 1100 in 12 ga? You'll enjoy it and the automatic will reduce some recoil as well.

    Skeet is a blast, enjoy the game.
     
  5. jmr40

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    If you compare 20 ga 870 vs 12 ga 870 they both have about the same recoil when using similar type shells. Lots of guys buy 20's thinking they will have reduced recoil. If the guns were the same weight they would, but a 20 ga 870 is 6.5 lbs. The 12 @ 7.5 lbs actually has about the same recoil since it is a pound heavier. You buy the 20 gauge to have a lighter gun to carry around for a long day in the mountains, not for reduced recoil.

    There are 4 factors to actual recoil

    The weight of the gun
    The weight of the projctile
    The weight of the powder charge
    The velocity of the projectile

    A 12 ga semi shotgun will be a bit heavier than a 20 ga pump which offsets the recoil effects. A gas operated gun will have the same actual recoil as anything, but since the gas guns spread the recoil out over a longer time period, it seems to recoil less.

    If you are serious about skeet shooting a gas opeated semi is the way to go. If your're recoil sensitive consider a 20 ga gas gun. Very little recoil.
     
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    For Skeet or Sporting Clays I would recommend a semi auto, and the 1100 is my favorite. If you are just learning not having to worry about cycling the action is a plus in my opinion.
     
  7. iyn

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    Thanks guys, looks like I should save up for a 20 gauge 1100.
     
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    FIT determines FELT recoil, regardless of cartridge, action, or ammo

    Get a 12, make sure it FITS ((if necessary, go to shotgunworld.com to pointers) and then shoot LIGHT target loads

    I reload a 3/4oz reload in both 12 and 20 and the recoil is minimum and a lot of fun to shoot
     
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