Bolt action 12 Ga

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by SingleLiberty24, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. SingleLiberty24

    SingleLiberty24 New Member

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    Shot a bolt 12 Ga the other day and wondered why I felt a bit more kick to it than the pump 12 Ga
    I use 2 3/4 shells In both guns
     
  2. VASH1456

    VASH1456 New Member

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    Was it a slug you shot?
     

  3. VASH1456

    VASH1456 New Member

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    I shot my buddy's bolt action 12gauge and it kicked harder then my 870. He said it kicked harder because his gun has less weight then mine.
     
  4. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    All other things being equal, lighter gun kicks more.
     
  5. Georgiahunter

    Georgiahunter New Member

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    Definitely the truth, my 870 12 ga. kicks way less than one of those break-open single shot Rossies in .410.
     
  6. BillM

    BillM Active Member Supporter

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    Less weight
    Poor stock design
    Poor stock fit
    Heavier load ammo
    Not shouldering the gun properly

    Any of the above will make a gun feel
    like it kicks harder.
     
  7. SingleLiberty24

    SingleLiberty24 New Member

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    Not a slug and I held nice and tight in my shoulder pocket
     
  8. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Weight, stock design, drop at comb, size and composition of butt pad all contribute to felt recoil
     
  9. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    There is another possible reason...

    People often tend to use some of the rearward momentum of pump guns to apply to the forearm to to cycle the action. In a bolt action shotgun there is no such transfer of energy -- it all goes right back into that stock and you shoulder.

    To be clear, some of the energy transferred to your left arm goes into the forearm and action vs. your shoulder.