The downside is, if you shoot a lot of 1200-fps, 7/8-ounce loads, everything heavier kicks. When you go down to 3/4-ounce loads, even the 7/8-ounce stuff hurts. The first couple of dove hunts of the year I really noticed the recoil. And, although it didn’t stop me from shooting fairly straight, I started thinking about trading my 12-gauge dove gun for a 20. Then came teal season. Since there was a possibility of a goose as well as a teal I shot 1 1/4 ounces of 1450 fps HeviMetal 2s on opening day of teal season. In the excitement of the year’s first duck hunt, I didn’t feel much pain. And, now that I’ve set off those 1 1/4-ounce, 1450-fps duck loads, I realized last night in the dove field that all recoil is relative: I hardly felt a thing shooting fast 1-ounce dove loads. I think I’ve reconditioned my shoulder for fall. Although the loads get heavier later in the year, so do the layers of clothing, and the excitement level ratchets up, too. I hardly ever notice recoil when I shoot at a mallard, goose, or pheasant.