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Old March 21, 2010, 08:55 AM   #1
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Stupid 10 gauge question...

Why is it that 10 gauge shotguns are so heavy and a 12 gauge 3.5" shotgun is very very light comparatively?
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Old March 21, 2010, 09:16 AM   #2
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Easy as Pi

Well that and the heavier they are the easier the recoil.
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Old March 21, 2010, 12:45 PM   #3
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I agree with Ricklin the heavier the gun the less felt recoil. I have a browning BPS 10 ga that is heavy and I am glad because I used to own one that weighed about three pounds or so less and it would through anyone around. I recently bought a remington sp-10 and it is heavy as well. I also used to own a 3.5 inch 12 ga that weighed around 6 lbs and that thing was just nasty to shoot. If you are looking possibly for a 10 ga have a friend let you shoot one they are very nice.
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Old March 21, 2010, 12:53 PM   #4
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Because the circumference of the shell is larger and it takes more steel to encase it.
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Old March 21, 2010, 01:18 PM   #5
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Ditto the above, my 10 gauge with its heavy 36" barrel is actually easier on my shoulder than 2 of my 12 gauges. Whats more its so much fun its addicting and probably should be illegal. Glad it isn't.
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Old March 21, 2010, 01:31 PM   #6
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so why arent the 3.5" 12 gauges heavier to reduce recoil?
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Old March 21, 2010, 01:37 PM   #7
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Thats funny
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Old March 22, 2010, 12:16 AM   #8
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Ed429 Thats funny
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Old March 22, 2010, 10:07 AM   #9
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S.D, they, 12 Gauge 3.5 megadeath howitzers, ought to be. That's why they kick so darn much.

At this point, I've yet to need the extra payload of the longest shell. Even the 3" loads here are restricted to Waterfowl (Hevishot 2s) and Turkey( divers loads of 4s, 5s and 6s, up to 1 7/8 oz).Yes, those turkey loads do kick from a sub 7 lb gun. But I do not fire off a lot of them in a day, even when bench testing and patterning.
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Old March 22, 2010, 04:31 PM   #10
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I would imagine it's because the 3.5 12 was a modification of the existing 12ga. 2 3/4- 3 in. platform to do double duty as a 2 3/4 field gun and a 3.5 duck slammer. There's no way to do both perfectly so the manufacturers have made the assumption that people want a versatile gun at the expense of recoil. the 10 ga. was built from the ground up as a 3.5 in. duck/goose gun and weighs accordingly.
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