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Question v. shotguns

What is the proper form and technique of firing a shotgun? I can't seem to figure out how to fire one without leaving a huge bruise on my arm/shoulder. The one I was firing was just a regular Remington 870. I believe its a 12 gauge. Do people use some kind of pad?
Old 09-27-2009, 09:29 PM coalesce is offline  
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There are different pads/recoil reducers available. I usually don't have too much trouble, make sure the butt is firmly in place against your shoulder. When you fire, the gun and your shoulder should move together with the recoil, at the same time. You will get HUGE bruises if the butt isn't snug (i.e. it travels a quarter of an inch, slams into your shoulder) against you when you're firing.

I can usually make it through an afternoon of clay pigeons with no bruising, but I understand slugs and buckshot give much more recoil than game loads.
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Make sure the butt is snug on your shoulder else it will "slap" your shoulder leaving bruises. You can also pick up a padded shoulder vest..they have handy things like ammo/game holders on them too...
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you should spend some time with the gun practicing pulling it up, getting a proper cheek weld (I.E. figure out how to pull it up, while keeping an eye on your target, and bringing the bead up to where you are looking)

Make sure you have the gun pulled in nice and snug against your shoulder socket (i always shoulder mine so that it sits right in the socket)... you don't have to pull it into your shoulder very hard anyway...

12 gauge recoil is pretty tame...It shouldn't bruise unless you are shooting many many rounds.. i have went through 200 rounds in a day and only had a slightly sore shoulder, but no visable brusing.

So, just practice (with an empty gun of course, check it three times for good luck) pulling it up, and getting it to where you want it. Practice fluidity first, the speed will come later
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Old 09-28-2009, 07:23 AM Copejunkie is offline  
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iirc the 870 is notorious for having a big kick. you just need to make sure there is no space between your shoulder and butt, like every1 else said. Also, try not to move while shooting, keep it firm and hold it like you mean business.
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I've found that longer barrels give less recoil. Don't be like me and get an 870 with a 12" barrel on it.
It has a ridiculous amount of kick to it. Just hug it tight when you shoot.
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You can also try draping a cloth or towel on your shoulder for an ersatz recoil pad. But like the others said, if you hold the stock firmly to your shoulder, and use a cheek weld you shouldn't be getting bruises.

Also, depending if you are left or right handed, lean into the gun a little bit and shift some of your weight onto whichever is your forward foot (the foot closest to the target). Some people tend to lean backwards when firing rifles/shotguns, and it's bad form.
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iirc the 870 is notorious for having a big kick. you just need to make sure there is no space between your shoulder and butt, like every1 else said. Also, try not to move while shooting, keep it firm and hold it like you mean business.

QFT. I went through 150 shells one day with my 870. Next morning, my shoulder looked horribly rancid from the bruise.
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i may be posting some shoulder pics, whenever i get my 10 gauge, I am looking forward to it
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of 10 gauge (hell, google it)
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good suggestions guys. it is a 12 guage but has a short barrel and I do remember putting my weight more on my rear leg, bracing for impact instead of moving with the recoil... hopefully I remember these tips next time I go shooting.
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of 10 gauge (hell, google it)

http://www.hr1871.com/firearms/shotg...dnerturkey.asp

nothing special... 9 lbs, 10 gauge, single shot.. I priced one, 279 bucks before tax tag and title.

I am just so ready to put some of these cool Elmer Keith Magnum 10 loads to the test and blow away some ducks, crows and geese out to 125 yards

Oh yeah, gonna have me a reloading press sometime too, and believe me, i think i will be broke a lot from buying all sorts of different shot, powders, primers, etc etc..Not to mention load me some real Blackpowder loads,

And this will probably hinder my future Super-338 Mag purchase ( i will let that be a suprise)

Plus, it is going to tickle me to death to be able to load me some real lead shot too. If for nothing else, i will kill the shit out of some crows with it This steel shit is killing me
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