Why does everyone say buck kicks harder?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by tCan, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. tCan

    tCan Active Member

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    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.
     
  2. trip286

    trip286 New Member

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

  3. rjd3282

    rjd3282 New Member

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

    vincent New Member

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

    tCan Active Member

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

    vincent New Member

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    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