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Old 01-18-2015, 04:21 PM   #1
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I recently had surgery which fused two of my vertebrae in my neck with a plate. I have heard that shooting shotguns/high powered rifles is not advised...ever! Does anyone have insight or experience with this? Thank you!!!


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Old 01-18-2015, 04:34 PM   #2
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Good morning Jimmy, I hope things are going well for you and your recovery is going smooth.

I'm not sure, but I don't think that there are any doctors on here. And you know what they say about free advice The safest thing to do would be to talk to your doctor and ask him/her.


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Yes, talk to your doctor. That is something HUGE to risk by asking us.
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Good morning Jim !

The smart thing to do is consult with all your doctors and ask them everything about everything . I have many hobbies and had the same questions you do .

My favorite rifle is my Marlin 1895 45/70 , 12 gauge , shot everything from bird shot to .00 . I did have to make some minor adjustments in shooting . Found the softest , thickest butt pads for anything that liked to kick back . I also lowered the placement of the butt pad on my person . I found that a little lower on my breast than up on my shoulder was much more comfy .

Age , general health and life style before and after the surgery play largely into this . It took two years of licking my wounds to where I was back and as healed as much as I was going to .

Ask and ask some more . The doctors are where to start and your body will tell you the rest , LISTEN TO IT !

Best of luck to a speedy recovery and don't rush it !
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Peyton Manning played his best season in the NFL with metal in his neck... Ask the doctor of course.
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There are some muzzle breaks that reduce recoil
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Yes, muzzle breaks work, reducing some of the recoil but leaving quite a bit for your body to soak up via bending, compressing, and twisting. Porting works pretty much the same way.

When talking to doc, find out just how sensitive you injury will be after healing. A .223 is (arguably) considered by many a high power rifle, being the meaning of high power is an arguable discussion in itself. Recoil is mild, but if the injury is very sensitive it could be disaster.

IMO, the .223's recoil is no worse than a bump on the road from a pothole, speed bump, or large, slower than a car, feral cat. If the doc hasn't shot a gun, take him shooting so he can determine how much recoil your injury can safely handle.
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Thanks for the thoughts and responses! I for sure will discuss with my doc...appt is next week. I guess I just wanted to get a little background before I talked to him. I've duck hunted for 30 years and believe I may have shot my last duck...I do not want to risk injuring anything, this whole process has sucked!!! As for rifles...am looking at an AR15.


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Thanks for the thoughts and responses! I for sure will discuss with my doc...appt is next week. I guess I just wanted to get a little background before I talked to him. I've duck hunted for 30 years and believe I may have shot my last duck...I do not want to risk injuring anything, this whole process has sucked!!! As for rifles...am looking at an AR15.


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FYI, a .22 makes a fine duck gun!

I was probably 13 or so before I learned you weren't suppose to shoot ducks with a .22, but it took a lot of them up to that point. Of course it was easier after they landed but with a little practice they aren't that hard to hit flying.
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I can't imagine that a .410 with a good recoil pad would have that much recoil either. Isn't .410 still suitable for getting birds out of the sky?


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