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Old 06-03-2013, 07:42 PM   #21
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I tried out a friends Mako 6-position stock on my Mossberg, the recoil in the palm was way to much for my enjoyment. That original synthetic stock is more manageable.
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Have you tried not shooting 1 and 1/8 oz. "Heavy field" loads? I would try target loads, with a 1 oz or lower payload.

Other than that, getting the stock to fit a bit better, and being able to "square-up" behing the shotgun more helps. I found that a slightly short length of pull stock helps me to be able to get behind the shotgun more and get a forward leaning stance a bit with my strong side leg a bit behind me. This gives better energy transfer and keeps you from getting beat up as long as you get that buttstock in the pocket and hold it firm, to keep it from getting a running start at your shoulder.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:21 AM   #23
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I've had horrible luck with recoil reducing stocks. I've had three ( two Blackhawks and one Mako) and I hated them. My suggestion would be to go for a limbsaver recoil pad. I love 'em. Just my two cents.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:28 AM   #24
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http://www.midwayusa.com/product/162922/aguila-minishell-ammunition-12-gauge-1-3-4-4-and-1-buckshot-11-pellets-box-of-20

Maybe these would be more fun?
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I have an old Mossberg bolt action 20 g that just beat the crap out of you. Had trouble getting my wife to shoot more than a couple rounds out of it. I bought a $20 limb saver and it was night and day. Finally allowed her to get a good days range shoot out of it. Of coarse after she started to shoot better she asked me for her own. Picked up a Mossberg 500 20g w/ wood stock and 26" barrel. She loves that gun and haven't needed to put the limb saver on at all.
I have the same set up here. My wife started with my dad's old Mossberg 5500, and I eventually went and got her the same model 500 you mentioned in your post. Same end result, she loves it. I also have 2 of the old Mossberg 20 gauge bolts. Mine however, don't beat the crap out of you. And no, I am still using the original butt plates on both. just curious, what number and letter is yours? I have a 185-d and a 185-ka. The ka has a heavier stock, so that might be part of the lower recoil with that one, or maybe it's just that I am slightly masochistic.

I think I just found my new trainig ammo for Youth skeet shooters. They look like they would pair up well as a step towards the light target loads for some of the kids I have been working with. Thanks for the idea 1411.

OP, trust me. You won't even notice the recoil when you take a shot while out in the woods. I have come home from filling both tags while deer hunting with bruises, and thought to myself " WTF? I don't remember the gun kicking that hard!"

Start out with the 100 round target load packs form Wal-Mart for the first couple hundred rounds you fire this summer. Then go for the heavier stuff in stages. In other words, work your way up to it. Also, get a limb saver recoil pad, and make sure your shotgun fits you right. I had an ithaca model 37 in 20 gauge that was hell for me to shoot due to a poor fit. After less than 50 rounds, I traded it off for a Kessler 30C 12 gauge, and a second barrel for my 870. The palm swell, and the protruding safety on the left side of the trigger guard made it painful to shoot. length of pull, cast, weight, and palm swell can and do cause fitment issues.

AP, I like the sand bag solution. I may try that with the sporter stock that I picked up for my Mosin. Everyone talks about how bad they kick with the original wood on them, they need to try on with synthetic furniture on it.
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A gun that fits you will do wonders with the amount of perceived recoil and you will shoot better. Getting a shotgun fitted is the best money you can spend on a shotgun. The 88 is one of the easiest guns to fit. if you have ever seen a gunsmith fit a shotgun and are handy with tools it's a DIY project.
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I am 5'0 and had the same problem and a limb saver will help reduce the recoil but will not make her shooting any good. I had a gunsmith shorten the length of pull on 2 of my shotguns and it made all the difference in the world. Then if you want to shoot the same gun they have slide on limb savers that will add the length back for you.
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I am 5'0 and had the same problem and a limb saver will help reduce the recoil but will not make her shooting any good. I had a gunsmith shorten the length of pull on 2 of my shotguns and it made all the difference in the world. Then if you want to shoot the same gun they have slide on limb savers that will add the length back for you.
I am thinking about putting a youth stock on it. Good idea?
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I prob wouldn't. I'm guessing she will only need about an inch and a quarter removed. That is what mine was which isn't a lot. I would just find a good gunsmith to do that. It only cost us 80.00 and that was with a new pad on back. So prob cheaper than buying a youth stock
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