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  • O/U 12 ga 30 inch barrel: How much recoil?

     Nicolina updated 1 year ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Nicolina

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Hi everyone

    I have an old 12 gauge over\under shotgun with a 30 inch barrel, I have never held any other real guns except that one but it seems very heavy. I think it was used for clay pigeons, I’m not sure. What will the recoil be like on this monster if I shoot it? I’m assuming it won’t be too bad because it’s so heavy. I’m pretty skinny but I’m not a tiny 100 lb guy either. I hear O/Us are slightly worse for recoil.

    I also have some birdshot shells, I think the biggest one I have is #5, and they are like “Remington xtra range”, and some that say simply “long range”, does anyone know anything about these? The ammo is probably over 30 years old also…The other shells I think are #6, #7, and maybe #8, all birdshot.

    I would like to go to some kind of shooting range sometime if they allow that type of weapon.

    How loud is this? I think with such a long barrel it won’t be as bad as I think.

    Also is there anything I should check to make sure it is safe and doesn’t explode in my face or something?


  • hammerhead1978

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Always wear hearing protection. Find newer ammo. Make sure the ammo is appropriate for the shotguns chamber. Start with low brass, move up to high. Sport or target shooting should not be a painful experience.

  • parttime_lover86

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Only one way to find out!

  • Freakse7en

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Recoil is dependent on a few factors.

    Overall gun weight: huge impact on felt recoil. A heavier gun will make for a more pleasant shooting experience helping soak up a lot of the recoil.

    The load being shot. Your typical field load (think #7.5 and higher) low brass is far less powerful compared to say a magnum Turkey/goose load or slug with high brass. Shot/slug weight plays a role but typicly it’s the powder used in varying burn rates and quantity that plays a bigger role in the cartridges part of the equation.

    Barrel length plays a minimal role in recoil from what iv found. Barrel lengths weight is the cause but it’s not really not adding or taking away much unless on the extreme end of the spectrums.

    You also play a role in felt/perceived recoil. Proper handling and stance will help tame it. Poor handling/stance will be very unpleasant and can actually cause harm.

  • yescake2

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    Sporting shotguns are often on a heavy side because they aren’t meant to be carried around a lot. Recoil with target loads will be minimal, you can shoot it all day.

  • Not-you_but-Me

    May 17, 2021 at 8:04 pm

    The reputation for recoil comes from guys who are used to gas guns. As a fixed breach gun, it shouldn’t kick anymore than an equivalent pump.

    Recoil will depend on weight and load. Generally, light loads are used for clays which in combination with the heft of your gun, should produce very little recoil.

    I’m going to assume your gun is fixed choke so avoid shooting steel shot through it. For a firearm it will be comparatively quiet, although still loss enough to be unsafe without ear protection.

    More shooting ranges will allow a double gun than other types of firearms. You don’t really need to worry so long as there’s a place for shotguns.

    Do you know the manufacturer or model type? It may be some help with giving you further specifications.

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