What is the lightest recoil shotgun load?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Uptown_General_Roc, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Uptown_General_Roc

    Uptown_General_Roc New Member

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    Looking for a light load for range shooting with my girlfriend any suggestions?
     

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  2. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    try the cheap bulk pack target loads.
     

  3. JonM

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    Yup cheap bulk skeet/target packs at walmart are usually weak for a 12ga.

    If she is really recoil sensitive shotguns are the worst option for shooting. Lots of women like shooting collapsable stock ar15 because the lack of recoil.
     
  4. QueenGlamis

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    Going out to try my new 20GA this morning. 12GA, even light loads, would mess me up. I love shooting the AR15, and I can put 400+ rounds through my 9mm in a day so I am not a wimpy girl, just not fond of being beat up by recoil. Will report in later today.
     
  5. Axxe55

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    the cheap bulk packs in #7 or #8 are what the wife and i use here at the house in the pump shotguns for practice and fun.

    funny thing is, she doesn't like the same loads in my O/U shotgun!:eek:
     
  6. QueenGlamis

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    Oops forgot to add that I got 100 bulk pack for 27.00 at WalMart yesterday.
     
  7. robocop10mm

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    7/8 oz "ultra-lite" target loads in 12 ga have almost NO recoil.
     
  8. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    they also offer some reduced recoil loads in 12 ga. as well, but those are sometimes a bit more expensive.
     
  9. robocop10mm

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    Recoil management is largely a product of proper placement. The heel should be slightly ABOVE the shoulder. The shoulders and feet more square to the target, not the passé 45 degree angle. A good, firm cheek weld. lean slightly into the gun. Her weight should be on the balls of the feet, not the heels. She controls the gun, not the other way around
     
  10. DP03

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    I have the Blackhawk recoil absorbing stock on my Mossberg 12 gauge. I use Hornady TAP 00 reduced recoil loads for both target and self defense. The recoil is incredibly light. My daughter (20 yrs) is about a buck ten soaking wet and she loves shooting that gun.

    I highly recommend this Hornady load.
     
  11. Uptown_General_Roc

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    Yeah love shooting the AR but she a little recoil sensitive when shooting the shotgun after her first time. She actually did pretty good for her first time. She fired Remington 00buckshot reduced recoil that green box. I recommend them over the Federal box I use that kick pretty hard but hold a nice tight pattern. I try firing a Remington box of #4 buck that thing recoil hard I told her I didn't recommend she try that
     
  12. Uptown_General_Roc

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    I have a box of Hornady I never tryed out yet
     

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  13. JonM

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    try her with light trap and skeet loads. there are even reduced recoil loads for those making recoil pretty damn light
     
  14. coopertrooper

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    Hornady critical defense is like gold, mainly because if the verstite wad, I was shooting them through my 18" barrel and 30 yards I was getting 6" group, best stuff you can get
     
  15. Axxe55

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    30 yards or 30 feet?
     
  16. coopertrooper

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    30 yards my friends
     
  17. SSGN_Doc

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    I know at 30 feet they hold about 2-3" pattern out of my Mossberg and Remington. The Hornady Critical defense load uses the same war as the Federal Flite Control, just under a different name. The Hornady loads are a touch more affoardable than the federal load, and come packed 10 to a box instead if 5 to a box. Hornady also offers the exact same load in their Zombie Max line just in gimmicky packaging. But if I'm looking to buy a good tight patterning buck shot load, any of those three loads are really very similar.

    Running these special wad buckshot loads next to standard buckshot loads is truly eye opening in the difference. It's like taking your open choked gun and putting a tight turkey choke in it, simply by changing ammo.

    6-7" patterns would not be unreasonable at 30 yds with these loads.
     
  18. QueenGlamis

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    Well I cannot tell you how awesome the 20GA was! I put about 50 rounds of the birdshot through it and would have gone more but I blew up all of our targets. :D Loved it, easy shooting, light recoil and fun as hell. Mine has the long barrel on it (28") now, and I want to get the extended mag that will allow 9 + 1. I am open to trying shorter barrels and also want to put some heavier shot through it just to measure the damage and feel of shooting it with buckshot or slugs.

    The most important thing when taking your GF/wife/kids or newbie shooting friends is that it is fun for them and they enjoy it. this will make for repeat shooting trips and make them an enthusiast as well. We have all seen the videos where someone shoots and it knocks them on their rear, well while funny to some to watch, probably not going to make them a fan of shooting if they can't move their arm for a week.

    You can get a good 20GA for relatively cheap, perhaps a his and hers is in your future? I know I am way more into the shooting hobby if I am responsible for my own gun, cleaning, learning how it works and best of all shooting it!
     
  19. Axxe55

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    well call me a doubter! but with an open choked 18" barreled shotgun, i am just having a hard time believing it can still have that tight a group at 30 yards. i may have to do some looking into this particular load and do some testing with it. that's 90 feet and that's a pretty good distance to hold such a tight gruop.
     
  20. robocop10mm

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    6-7" is an unreasonable expectation for a cylinder bore 12 ga with ANY load. Traditional buckshot generally patterns 1"/yard from the target. "Tactical" or "reduced recoil" buckshot will do about 1/2 of that. The flite control wad can give a bit better than that. 8-10" is outstanding at 30 yards