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    Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    My cousin who just had neck surgery wants to take up skeet shooting.
    He is looking for a 20 gauge semiauto shotgun with low recoil that he can
    handle, taking his situation into consideration. I suggested using a Limbsaver
    recoil pad on whatever he shoots. He has mentioned Beretta and Benelli as
    makers he has been impressed with so far. I'm a noob when it comes to
    skeet shooters in semi autos. Any suggestions? His price range is probably
    around $ 1,000.00 or so.

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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    Franchi has an ultralite 20 made on the Browning A-5 design. My youngest son has it and loves it. Franchi also has a gas operated 20.
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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    My wife has a Benelli Montefeltro 20ga and it does shoot very soft but not cheap!

    I would suggest he go hang out at the local club and ask to try out some of the members guns, I know as long as I was buying shells the guys were all very helpful at mine.

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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    Quote Originally Posted by stallard
    ....I would suggest he go hang out at the local club and ask to try out some of the members guns, I know as long as I was buying shells the guys were all very helpful at mine.
    Great advice there. Go there and talk to the guys. Most shooters will be willing to help him out I'd expect.

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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    My advice is to get something like a Remington 1100 or Franchi AL48 in 28 gague. Barring that the 1100s and Beretta 390/391 are the lightest recoiling 20s out there in my experience.
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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    I use a Ruger Red Label Sporting Clays O/U with ported barrels.

    Porting the barrels makes a huge difference. Also the 30" tubes helps following through the target by adding extra mass using the "Pass through" method for shooting clays.

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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    Quote Originally Posted by maloy
    I use a Ruger Red Label Sporting Clays O/U with ported barrels.

    Porting the barrels makes a huge difference. Also the 30" tubes helps following through the target by adding extra mass using the "Pass through" method for shooting clays.

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    +1 on the barrel porting.  If you are good with a Dremel, you can do it yourself.  My dad's Mossberg 16GA Bolt gun simply has 4 slots on either side of the front sight in the side of the barrel.  I've done it on a 12GA before, and recommend a low speed and take it slow to prevent overheating the metal. Makes a pretty nice light show at night as well.....lol.

    You could also look into "reduced recoil" loads.  I have some in 12GA 00 Buck for the HD gun, and you can definitely tell the difference between them and regular Federal 00 Buck.  I checked Ableammo.com, and they list Remington and Winchester "managed recoil" target loads for 20GA.
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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    1100 or 11/87. He could also look at .410 for even less recoil.

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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    I was just looking at the add for the Benelli Montefeltro 20ga. I'd like to get my son a 20ga auto. It is a little pricey for me. I used to hunt with a Dr. that had a shoulder injury. He had a .410 and could take birds away from me and my 12. He was very good. I'd agree to that he could look at the .410 and some practice.
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    Re: Low Recoil 20 Gauge Shotguns

    In 20 gauge, and also in a semi auto, I don't know that it really matters. They are all going to be fairly light in recoil. There will be some better than others, but I would say the difference would be negligable. I'd go for a heavier semi auto, with a nice, thick butt pad. That will work just fine. If you find one that doesn't have a thick butt pad, you can buy extensions cheap.

    Porting a shotgun.....................I have never heard of that. Now, i'm no shotgun goo roo by any means, but how does that help a shotgun, since the ammo isn't compressed in the barrel? You know what i'm saying. Like a functional muzzle break on a rifle. A .223 might have 56,000 PSI in the barrel, right? The pressure will initially escape through the top of the break, forcing the barrel down; allowing quicker repeat target aquisition, reduced recoil, blah blah..... So, wouldn't porting just minimize muzzle rise in regards to a shotgun, and minimally at that since the pressure can escape through the end of the barrel just as quickly as the ports; since there's not a bullet blocking forward exiting? Now, if someone were using slugs in a ported and rifled shotgun barrel, I could see that.
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