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Got back to hunting and limited out on blacks and gads (Scott K. I need to get you to this spot next year) all this was 5 minutes before LST.
Don't want to hijack the thread but the comparison to big bore rifles is worth a thought - happens to be one of my other interests. While such rifles pack higher pressures and velocities, few use projectiles over an once like most shotguns do! [1oz.=437.5gr.] The roman candles from the mega12 and 10ga. approaching 2oz. of shot are over all but a few rare big bores. It is the starting of that heavy projectile(s) down the barrel that most affects felt recoil. Most field shooting is from a standing or at least an up-right (sitting) position as opposed to the "bench rest" normally used for patterning, sighting-in, etc... In an up-right stance your body rocks back somewhat with the recoil absorbing much of it. In a ridgid sitting position you are essentially an anvil and the gun is the hammer! Of course the excitment of shooting game helps more than a little! Many big bore shooters use a "standing rest." Essentially a long legged benchtop at elbow level to the standing shooter. Repeatedly shooting a big double rifle for regulation or to "file-in" the sights would be tortutre from a regular bench. A 2x4 c-clamped to a post will give you a steady standing rest while sighting in or patterning your shotgun. Try it and save your shoulder some pain!
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