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Question by VT. Uploaded on May 10, 2010
375 H&H magnum bolt gun
it also depends on how much your gun weights
closer to a .300 mag.
I think we need more Info. Like an auto,pump,? A pump will Kick grater then a Auto! Some Barrles have Muzzle-Breaks on the Chock. Gun Weight all so Factor's in on felt re-coil. Good Luck.
If it is a light pump shotgun, you are right up there with the big bores. A .375 isn't that bad in recoil but has a similar "push" that is pretty strong and keeps coming. If it is a recoil absorbing auto, a .375 is about right.
In general, it is an interesting question. There are a lot of variables as have been posted, but there was a time when I thought any 12 ga. load provided recoil far below that of any of the high powered rifles...not so. I think it was because of the loud noise when shooting my 7MMag that I thought it kicked a lot more, or, because of the speed of the recoil from a high powered rifle maybe. My rifle appeared to recoil a lot faster. But the actual foot lbs of recoil that a 12 ga. mag load offers is up there with the big rifle boys.
A sxs 12 will wake you up. Heh Heh about a 375 H&H feel.
It's a Mossberg 835 Pump
I'm not a huge guy, but the 3.5 inchers aren't the cannon blast everybody makes them out to be. Yeah, they're loud and they'll leave a little bruise, but it ain't too bad. We don't need forums on how bad they are and how nobody should use them.
VT you dont need 3.5",to kill a turkey, for years the 2/34" and 3" did the JOB.
good call huntress.
I was lucky to kill turkeys at 45 yards with the 3", I shot a bird at 60 yards with a 3.5". Necessary? No. Sportsmanlike? Probably not. But, it gets the job done not so clean but right, so that's what I use. I live by the motto 'Gitter Done', and there's only one 12-gauge shell on the market that truly stands up to Larry the Cableguy.
I was kneeling when I shot it I ended up on my ass, but I 10.
There is a formula you can use to calculate recoil (and many recoil calculators online). Based on 7 pound gun (both the shotgun and rifle):
2 1/4 oz is 984 grain payload. Based on 1150 feet per second load, that will generate about 65 ft/lbs of free recoil energy.
A 458 winchester magnum with a 400 grain bullet at 2300 feet per second will generate about 66 ft/lbs of free recoil energy.
Pretty punishing shotgun load.
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