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tCan 01-16-2012 07:16 PM

Why does everyone say buck kicks harder?
Okay. So I'm not really an expert shotgunner by any means. Most of my experience is with rifles and a little bit of handguns (incedentally, of the guns in my sig, the 870 is the only one that's mine). But I always see people writing on forums saying they think buckshot kicks harder.

I've shot 7.5 shot at 1250 fps and some slugs at 1610FPS (factory ratings). Both were 1 oz. I have to say the the slugs totally kicked harder, but not that bad. But I specifically went after full power loads. I'm sure if it was a reduced recoil slug, I wouldn't have been able to tell a difference (even if there were one).

I guess my real question here is, will two loads of the same weight and velocity recoil the same, or nearly so, or is there actually a difference? A simple physics education such as I have would suggest the difference would be minimal at best. Shot being debatably "softer" since there's more projectiles to get moving.

trip286 01-16-2012 07:45 PM

I never noticed a difference between buck and bird, but slugs definitely feel like they kick much harder to me.

rjd3282 01-16-2012 09:24 PM

According to the math same weight and velocity equals same recoil.

vincent 01-16-2012 09:37 PM

Same here as Trip, never noticed any difference...

tCan 01-16-2012 09:48 PM

Hmm, maybe it's just because people expect it to kick harder and they're just reporting placebo.

vincent 01-16-2012 09:52 PM

I'm sure there's some numerical, technical differences but my shoulder can't tell...the difference on the OTHER end...well, as we all know, that's a whole other story!! :D

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