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  • #16
    Originally posted by fitch270 View Post

    I just checked out the link because I’m still considering picking up another shotgun for multipurpose use and that looks interesting. Noticed it’s only 6.5lbs, thinking recoil might be similar to my 835 using the same loads. Won’t rule it out, but…
    I only shot low brass #8's so don't know how it would do with heavy three-inch loads. However, the shotgun was balanced and was quicker to get on target compared to my old 870. For field carry, the lighter weight should be an advantage.

    Running a few recoil calculations on a 6.5 lb shotgun:
    Shotshell Energy (omahamarian.org)

    25 ft-lbs for Remington 1-1/8 oz #8 at 1200 fps for clay targets

    35 ft-lbs for Remington 1-1/8 oz #5 at 1450 fps for upland birds

    42 ft-lbs for Remington 1-1/4 oz #2 at 1450 fps for waterfowl
    Last edited by PigHunter; 09-07-2021, 12:09 AM.

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    • #17
      Guess i waited too long, both are sold now, will be about 8 months for another 20 gauge to come in, but between 1-3 months for the 12 gauges as they already ordered them a few months back. Bird season doesnt start for another few weeks so im good for now. Worst case they have some henry 12 gauge single shots (which i planned on getting eventually) so i might end up with that one.

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      • #18
        I've got a single-shot 12 gauge made by NEF and use it sometimes for squirrel hunting. I paid $175 for it. My wife, PigHuntress, has one in 20 gauge and I think it was $125 when I got it 10 years ago. Both shotguns were used when I got them.

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        • #19
          I'd choose a Remington 20 gauge. You could cut off the barrel, and it's done. So, you'd have it shorter and cozier to carry through the woods. I've been hunting with my father for almost six years, and I understand your concerns. If you find it hard to choose, you could look here at ballachy.com. There are lots of helpful information about everything starting from pistols, rifles, barrels, ammo to diverse equipment to lose weight and move easier through the woods. After you purchase something, please leave us a pic here. Cheers!

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