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  • How much LESS recoil does a 20-gauge have

    Compared with a 12-gauge shotgun, how much LESS recoil does a 20-gauge have?
    Last edited by justiniwhicker; 02-12-2022, 12:21 AM.

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    In a word - none. Recoil is a direct result of the physics formula, " for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction ". This will NEVER change, so. We can mitigate recoil in 3 ways....
    1. Shoot a lighter charge. Less action force=less reaction force.
    2. Shoot a heavier gun
    3. Shoot a different type of gun, for instance, a gas semi auto instead of a single shot.
    I will include this chart as a reference of popular target loads. Notice however that the payload changes thus changing recoil. IMG_2717.jpg

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    • #3
      I'm not about to challenge Dewman on his facts. I do know however shooting a 20 gauge is a lot more tolerable after a day shooting skeet or dove with a twenty is easier on me than the 12. A 20gauge is generally a lighter gun to pack if your on a hunt that requires a lot of Walking.

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      • #4
        Neither will I challenge dewman's information. They all make sense.
        Field loads. Lighter shot/powder charges. Heavier gun. Semi autos instead of pumps/single shots.

        A note on auto loaders:
        The auto loaders that use adjustable friction rings to compensate for various (heavy-medium-field) loads can be problematic.
        Those rings rely on being able to grip the magazine tube to control recoil. When oiling the magazine tube, wipe off ALL excess lubricant!
        Lube a magazine tube so that the rings can't grip and the shotgun will kick like a mule.
        Ask me! LOL!

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        • #5
          Phil Bourjaily just posted this on F&S website. I think gun and shell advancements have really blurred the performance separation in recent years between the gauges but in the end I always defer to the experts--- IMG_2725.jpg -

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dewman View Post
            Phil Bourjaily just posted this on F&S website. I think gun and shell advancements have really blurred the performance separation in recent years between the gauges but in the end I always defer to the experts--- IMG_2725.jpg -
            I don't find Bourjaily that informative. He can be pretty easily swayed.

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            • #7
              Okay, I have it straight from a highly dependable, scientific source that an O/U 20 gauge firing 7/8 ounce loads at 1200 fps kicks less than a gas-operated 12 shooting 1 oz loads at 1180 fps.

              That would be my 11 year old, at the trap range. Case closed, next question.

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