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Old 12-20-2008, 06:45 AM
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Turkey 12 gauge shell recoil?


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My Brother bought a Mossberg pump Model 835 with camo. & turkey choke. Fires up to 3 1/2" shells 12 gauge. We were wondering what kind of recoil one of these 3 1/2" shells with 2 oz. of shot has vs a plain 2 3/4" Magnum load 3" load? The barrel is ported and it has a recoil pad. So How much "Kick"?
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Kick is like beauty, it is in the eye (shoulder) of the beholder (shooter)!

It is going to be noticeably bolder in the 3.5 than the 2.75, thats for sure, but the porting helps. On the range it may hurt, you probably won't notice it when Tom's head is over the front bead!

I had my 870 out yesterday with paper and 3" Hevi-shot #4's. The 1st one was painful. The 2 3/4" Hevi-shot was much lighter and a 3" steel load was more pleasant than the long HS load.

Turkey loads (lead) are usually harder on the shoulder than the steel loads.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:24 AM
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FIERCE!!! I fired one shot from a Mossberg 3 1/2", the owner didn't warn me he had shortened the buttstock and I got a bloody nose out of it but the recoil was so nasty I may have gotten a bloody nose from a standard stock! There are online recoil calculators if you really want to see the numbers but offhand I'd say the 3 1/2" loads double the recoil of standard 2 3/4" loads with 1 1/4 ounces of shot.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:33 AM
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There is an online recoil calculator at http://www.handloads.com/calc/recoil.asp.
The figures that i got from it for an 835 using Federal 3.5 inch 2 oz. and 2 3/4 inch 1.5 oz turkey loads were:
The 3.5 inch shells in that gun produce 55.62 ft.lbs of free recoil. The 2 3/4 inch shells produce 42.76 ft.lbs.
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Old 12-22-2008, 06:45 AM
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A 3 1/2" 12 gauge with 2 1/4 oz of shot is roughly equal to 2 standard 2 3/4" 1 1/8 oz trap or skeet loads. I shoot both.
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I have that gun and shoot both 3 1/2" turkey and buck from time to time, you'll definatly feel the recoil. I added some weight in the stock and put on a Sims recoil pad and it has helped some, I try to shoot mostly 3" stuff for turkeys these days.
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:41 PM
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I started out with a Remington 870 Express magnum and recoil with the 3.5 inch loads was hefty. So much that I quit shooting 3.5 inch loads in this light plastic stocked gun. My old hunting partner had an 835 Mossberg for several years and told me to try it out a couple of years ago. His was unported. It was much easier to shoot than my 870. So much so that Last year I bought a ported Mossberg 835.

It's got some recoil, but good ergonomics, a little more weight and the porting makes it not unpleasent to shoot. Here is mine and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a turkey or varmint shotgun.

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Old 12-23-2008, 04:03 AM
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I started out with a Remington 870 Express magnum and recoil with the 3.5 inch loads was hefty. So much that I quit shooting 3.5 inch loads in this light plastic stocked gun. My old hunting partner had an 835 Mossberg for several years and told me to try it out a couple of years ago. His was unported. It was much easier to shoot than my 870. So much so that Last year I bought a ported Mossberg 835.

It's got some recoil, but good ergonomics, a little more weight and the porting makes it not unpleasent to shoot. Here is mine and I'd recommend it to anyone looking for a turkey or varmint shotgun.

Nice Mossberg, faucettb. I showed this post to my Brother and he wants to know what type & Brand of "Turkey" Scope & mounts you have on your Mossberg. <Thanks>
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:31 PM
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My Brother bought a Mossberg pump Model 835 with camo. & turkey choke. Fires up to 3 1/2" shells 12 gauge. We were wondering what kind of recoil one of these 3 1/2" shells with 2 oz. of shot has vs a plain 2 3/4" Magnum load 3" load? The barrel is ported and it has a recoil pad. So How much "Kick"?
No experience with Mossy but I have a Browning and a Benelli both 3 1/2" and a 870 in 3"
the Benelli isn't that bad the Brownie kicks worse than the remington using the same 3" shells. It is unbearable to shoot the Browning with 3 1/2" shells. I called Browning and the dope I talked to would not admit that there could be any thing wrong with the gun.
I'll NEVER buy another Browning. P.S. a friend got the same make/model only with a 28" bbl vs. my 30" bbl. his does not kick nearly as bad. So much for customer service!
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