I did much better last night after patterning the gun. After doing that I decided to stick with 7.5 shot 1 1/8oz target loads, recoil wasn't too bad. It was patterning low, but armed with that knowledge I was able to get back on track: 17/25, 15/25, 18/25, 17/25
I've got a ways to go but I'm having a blast learning. Thanks for all your help guys.