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    Which shotgun for minimal recoil?

    hi Guys,

    My dear mother has expressed an interest in having a go at clay shooting, but due to health issues the recoil from a conventional 12b is totally out of the question. (well one shot might be as far as it goes, but i won't be popular ).

    So what are the alternatives? a reasonable weighty 20 or 28 bore semi auto?

    how much load does a typical 28 bore cartridge carry, and is it likely to be enough to give a good spread- please forgive the basic questions, the 28b is a calibre i have no knowledge of.

    Nathan

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    All about cartridge weight. You can get some very light 12b cartridges that exhibit very little recoil - they're often used as training cartridges - a clay ground should be able to help - presumably Spitfire for you? Same would go for 20b or 28b - either can give significant recoil if the cartridge is wrong. Smaller calibres tend toward lighter guns, not less recoil........
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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric the Red View Post
    All about cartridge weight. You can get some very light 12b cartridges that exhibit very little recoil - they're often used as training cartridges - a clay ground should be able to help - presumably Spitfire for you? Same would go for 20b or 28b - either can give significant recoil if the cartridge is wrong. Smaller calibres tend toward lighter guns, not less recoil........
    Thanks for that, i'll have a look

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    As above really. I think you can get eley firsts in 21 gram 12 bore loads and they seem to pattern well enough. Put those through a weighty over under and you won't even notice the recoil. Otherwise 28 grams through a semi auto would be an option. I think you can get recoil reduction devices fitted for a reasonable price so that and a cheap over under would be an option as well. Saves using separate cartridges for her.

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    Minimal recoi

    You choose the gauge but the least recoil will be felt through an automatic shotgun shooting a mild or training cartridge.Most shooting grounds will have suitable guns to try.good luck Richard

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    My kids (9 and 12yo girls) use a 410 with 9gm carts in a single barrel Yildiz - nil recoil and if I choose the stands carefully they can hit clays ok. 14gm and 19gm carts are not great in 'their' 410 - it's only 3.5lbs in weight - and much complaining results.

    As said above, weight of gun and carts are important. 21gm carts in a 6lb 20br will be worse for recoil than a 8lb 12br - all other things (e.g. gun fit) being equal. Semi's seem to need heavier carts to cycle reliably - 28gm+ - but perhaps I have just been unlucky.

    I have just sold a 28br and it would have been a good step up for the kids with 14gm carts. 14gm carts are hard to find, 16gm easier and 19 and above more the norm.

    I have decided that 21gm carts in a chunky 12bore OU is as good as anything for the average adult to start clays on - but if mum simply wants to try a shot I'd suggest the 410 route, ideally borrowed from a mate!

    hh

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    i've got a single .410 hammer action which i use with what ever cheap 14gram "clay" cartridges i can find in local shops and can happily hit high pheasant with it better than i can with my 12.

    i have a very dodgey back which has required multiple surgeries for multiple slipped discs i can shoot the .410 all day and so can my brothers girlfriend who also has serious neck and back issues.

    I don't really find it that much more difficult to shoot clays with and i have given it to several people who can also hit high pheasant within the first 3 or 4 shots from the gun, definitely the way to go not just for kids and women.

    Scooby

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    A semi-auto 20-gauge or a 12 in a semi with long recoil stroke like the Benelli has half the recoil of a double gun.

    I know several outstanding wingshots who practice and hunt quail, dove and rabbits on the run with a .410.

    One of my favorite hunting shotguns is a Browning O/U 28 gauge.

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    Basically its all phyics, newtons laws etc, a force having an equal and oppisate force. Force of shot going forward = recoil coming backwards

    So the heaier the wieght of shot, lighter the gun, possibly speed of shot (faster) will all make recoil worse.
    So the same 28grm load will have more recoil in a lighter 20g or 12g SxS than a 12g heavier O/U

    Another thing to think about while a heavier gun will ake recoil less it may be hard for a smaller/weaker person to swing/handle as well

    Any recoil operated semi should suit in the guage of ur choice, mibee worth treating her to a lesson with a pro that will probably have a nice light setup and get her hitting clays afore u buy anything. She if she likes it

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    Ive got a berretta xplor light 12b. with the kickoff recoil system. When I first got it some times(apart from hearing the bang) I wondered if it had went off because the recoil is that light.

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