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Question by matt_man. Uploaded on November 30, 2009
it depends on the name brand of the load. ive shot some loads that hardly kick and ive shot some that kick like a mule
A 3in 20 gauge turkey load tends to kick about as much as a standard 2 3/4 in. 12 gauge load...depends on the gun though. Lighter guns will kick harder.
When you shoot a turkey you won't feel a thing. My SBE with 3.5" magnum heavy shot turkey loads kicks quite hard if shot at a target. Feels like a maiden's kiss when shooting a turkey. Sight in with target loads and hunt with turkey loads.
A one ounce payload in a high brass load is a one ounce payload, be it slug or shot. The recoil is the same. In lighter guns the perceived recoil may be more.
Three inch 20 Ga 1 1/4 ounce "turkey" loads in my 20 gauge 870 are quite tolerable. My wife who will not abide in a hard kicking gun shoots that gun and load quite well.
Del, I don't know what kind of maidens you are used to kissing but a 3.5 inch turkey load tends to leave a "hickey" on my shoulder after each smooch... even when that orange bead is held on the base of old Tom's warty neck!
Your strategy of shooting standard loads to make sure the pattern is centered is sound, effecitve advice. It does relieve you of the "love pats" from your "maiden" but I'd still recommend shooting a 3.5 incher in your chosen load to make sure it flys to the same point...
im 14 and i dont think a 12ga 3in shells kick
I didn't know there was such a thing as 20 gauge turkey loads. Can't imagine anyone would try to take one of those cagey tough buggers with anything less than a 12 guage 2.75". The 12 gauge 3" mags are hard on hunters that time of year usually because they're dressed fairly lightly. But I'm afraid that's all I'd be using if I was going after them.
hey thanks all that helped me figure this out. with the loads i used the turkey load kicked less. also i got my turkey it was 23.6 lbs with a 10 inch beard. i give a great thanks to my uncle and his friend who called the turkey in and got me that shot it didnt move after the shot hit it. i was actually so close that the turkey flew like 3 feet back when the shot hit it
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