I'm Nervous

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    I'm Nervous

    Ok, call me a Whimp..go ahead, I can take it.
    Last time I shot a 12 Guage, it rocked my world.
    It was not fun.
    I shot a Mossy 500 and maybe I just wasn't holding
    it tight enough.
    Well, I just borrowed my friends Huglu over and under from China.
    I'm going to try to get over this fear.
    Any suggestions?

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    Wear a recoil pad. Buy light, #8 or similar target loads. get a proper stance and hold the gun tight. wear a heavy shirt or jacket.
    The problem you have now is you are afraid of the recoil, so it will Seem much worse than it is. Shoot a heavy 12 Gauge, light guns recoil more.
    "In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock." Thomas Jefferson


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    First, make sure you are holding the gun properly, i.e. proper cheek weld, etc. Try getting some of the reduced loads ammo and maybe a shoulder pad.

    The first few times I shot my 870, I was less than thrilled. Then I got a little help with my grip. It seems that I was not getting the gun stable enough on my shoulder with my cheak welded to the stock.

    That helped a lot. Then I used a shoulder pad and reduced loads and that also helped.

    If I am going to shoot more than 10 rounds, I generally still use a pad (OK, I'm a wimp, so sue me!).

    Firing the 870 is now a lot of fun. The kick doesn't bother me like it did at first. YMMV
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    It seems that Rocky was posting the same time as I was.

    I should have just waited and said, "what he said".

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    alot depends on perception of recoil. I occasionally incorrectly mount the old 12 ga. Browning while hunting. Never notice till the arm turns black & blue.
    The heavier the load (buckshot, slugs) the harder the recoil.
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    pull it tight into your shoulder (make it solid) and lean into it.

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    Thanks everyone....
    I just bought some Remington 8 shot game loads.
    Man, I wish my 9mm HP's were this cheap.
    I'll let you know what happens.

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    Shoot some black powder .50 ball ammo first. The 12 ga. will feel like a 9mm afterward.

    Seriously though, good luck!

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    +1 lean into it. Makes a world of difference.. Squeeze tight to the shoulder, but not so tight it hurts..

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    Shoot at something worthwhile, if not game, some clays or something. Focusing on hitting a moving target will help take your focus off the recoil.

    My buddy was just here for the end of waterfowl season and we were shooting 12ga, 3 1/2" BB. The first goose my buddy dropped, he said, "wow, I didn't even notice the recoil."

    I had a similar experience with Ruger No. 1 in .375 H&H. At the range, it was nothing short of punishing (still lots of fun though). When I shot a deer with it, I didn't even feel it. Yes, I know, a TX whitetail with a .375 H&H! But you know what, it didn't run a step after I shot it. What can I say, I like 'em big and loud.

    Most important, just go do it. Shooting is fun and the longer you worry about it the worse it will be.

    Dave.

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    I can relate. I'm not a huge guy, and I bought a Mossberg 500 in 12ga. not too long ago. The first time I took it to the range, I got through 10rds, and decided to stop because it looked (and felt) like I had burst every single capillary under the buttplate, with a nice dark bruise around it.

    Stance matters a lot, but it's still a big ol' smack you have to absorb. I'm considering getting a thicker buttplate for it, or maybe a recoil-absorbing AR-style stock. Hopefully that will help a bit, cause as the OP said, right now it's just not fun to shoot the thing.

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    5 years ago, I developed a "flinch" after geting "scope eye" while sighting in a scoped 12ga. I was using a bench, and was leaning too far forward.

    I lost my "flinch" by shooting low recoil rifels, untill I got my confidence back.
    I personly belive alot of felt recoil is phycological. Just belive that "recoil can not harm you".

    Like many members have said. You dont feel recoil when shooting that counts.

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    The 500 is a light gun and carried mine for bear defense hence the use of (ouch) 3"magnums. I bought a slipon recoil pad over the stock one, which helped, but for my new 590 I will be putting on the Specops recoil reducing stock. Also practice with the 2 3/4" slugs as opposed to the 3" guys.

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    Also depend on the stock design not all 12 gauges recoil the same

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    Ammo

    Ammo matters. For practice, stick to low brass game loads. Try here:
    http://www.federalpremium.com/default.asp?br=1
    Search for Buckshot. The # is PFC154 (the low recoil version)
    Use this for all my buckshot needs now. 2 or 3 inch groups at 60 feet (!) from the riot gun kept behind the counter at the gunshop.

    As for technique, try Stressfire 2 by Ayoob:
    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/...s=stressfire+2
    Great recoil management info.

    This thing is magic! Works as advertised, at least a 50% reduction:
    http://www.knoxx.com/kSTORE/viewProd.php?id=7
    They have a good folding stock, too. Mostly my use of a shotgun is geared towards defense use, as if you couldn't guess, but they have good hunting, target stuff as well as "tactical".

    Recoil reducers, but they add a lot of weight, that's physics for you:
    http://www.brownells.com/aspx/ns/sto...?c=1114&p=4807
    No need to suffer with a shotgun that kicks too much.

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