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Old May 27, 2013, 06:32 PM   #1
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Shot my Stevens 320 today..

First time at the range with my Stevens 320.
No real history with shotguns. Just small caliber rifles and handguns.

Well....
Tucked her in tight, racked the pump and lit a slug off.
Ouch...repeat and Ouch!
Looking at slip on recoil pads..
Any recommendations?
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Old May 27, 2013, 07:09 PM   #2
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Stop shooting such heavy loadings.
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Old May 27, 2013, 07:12 PM   #3
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Lol...well there's that. I don't know why I didn't think of that!
The range here only allows slugs.
I need to get to an outdoor range that will let me try some of my low recoil LE rounds of 00.
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Old May 27, 2013, 07:34 PM   #4
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Try shooting VERY light target loads to get a feel for the gun. Shooting uber loads like that will do a LOT of permanent damage to your shoulder
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Old May 27, 2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Thanks
Here's a quick pic of the bruiser lol
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Old May 27, 2013, 08:30 PM   #6
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I was not in the military with the M4, so I find those types of pistol grips to transmit more recoil than a standard shotgun stock. Those type of grips really punish the web between thumb and forefinger - which generally means your grip changes and you let more recoil pummel your shoulder; adding weight to the stock will help reduce actual recoil. try taking lead tape, or fill empty hulls all the way with lead or similar

The heaviest gun with the lightest loads will give you the least recoil
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Old May 27, 2013, 09:53 PM   #7
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I saw the gun at end of thread and attest to what BigD said and second that the stock is not the ideal recoil mitigatory option...

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Old May 27, 2013, 10:30 PM   #8
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Thanks. I really had no idea that the pistol grip changes the dynamics so drastically.
The only other SG I have shot was a Remington 1100 semi (beautiful gun) and a double barrel coach gun
Neither in any quantity, too busy emptying 45 acp magazines lol
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Old May 28, 2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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Stevens states that the Model 320 weighs in at 7 pounds. A Remington 1100 autoloader comes in at 8 pounds. A Ithaca Featherlite weighs in a 7.6 pounds.

That Stevens is a VERY light shotgun compared to the loads you have used. No wonder it kicks! Slugs/buckshot will kick like heck with that light a gun.

You might want to consider adding some weight to the stock and forearm to bring the guns weight up to help reduce recoil under those slug loadings.
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Old May 28, 2013, 08:29 AM   #10
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Thanks, I like the gun, but honestly I couldn't through 5 rounds.
The funny thing was I took my wife with me and I was going to enjoy watching her shoot it..but she was smarter than me and said NO WAY!
Lol

I will still look for a heavy duty recoil pad as well as adding weight.

I may have been a victim of tacti-cool itis with this purchase.
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Old May 28, 2013, 09:32 AM   #11
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Also the angles of a an AR style stock usually leave your face (eye) too low so you raise off the stock (lose cheek weld) and beat your face up too...

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Old May 28, 2013, 10:09 AM   #12
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That's the one thing I did right.
Kept her snug and cheek to stock.
Just felt like a gorilla punched my shoulder that's all
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Old May 28, 2013, 04:36 PM   #13
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Limbsavers large slip-on recoil pad. I put one on my M320 and I can shoot it with 3-inch magnum loads all day long. Liked it so much I put one on my Franchi SPAS-12 too. Works like a dream
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Old May 28, 2013, 04:52 PM   #14
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Thanks for that, good to know which one to buy!
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Old May 28, 2013, 05:29 PM   #15
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Why a slip on, instead of replacing the pad?
Adding one to the existing pad might lengthen the gun too much.
If it's then too long, an ill fitting gun might hurt even more.
Along with putting weight in the hollow stock, you can also get a shoulder pad to help even more.
Like one of these - http://www.brownells.com/shooting-ac...prod23169.aspx
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Old May 28, 2013, 06:20 PM   #16
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Before you add or do anything how is the length of pull and drop at comb and heel compared to a shotgun that fits you. I can shoot 3 1/2" slugs or buckshot in my 10 gauge without batting an eyelash but one of my 12 gauges knocks the mucus clean out of my sinus cavities shooting 2 3/4" #6 bird shot. It's a family heirloom so I'm not touching it but I don't shoot it much either. Fit is everything.
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Old May 28, 2013, 06:33 PM   #17
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Well Old Grump...
This is my first shotgun purchase.
Never really wanted one till recently then got a wild hair and bought this one.
I shot a friends Remi 1100 that was almost a joy to shoot....It also had about 18 more inches of barrel on it compared to this.
So I don't have a long history of "my old 870 fit just as good" to compare it to.
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Old May 28, 2013, 07:08 PM   #18
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The Remington 1100 is considered as a soft shooting gun. The gas operation takes up some of the recoil, plus the extra overall weight.

Give the gun a try with some light skeet loads, or if you can find some Winchester AAL12 Xtra-Lite 2 3/4 dram 1 oz. load of shot, 1180 fps.
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Old May 28, 2013, 07:57 PM   #19
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AA is good, so is Federal and Remington low recoil 2 3/4" shells and I like the Fiocchi reduced recoil 00 for rapid fire drills on multiple targets. I wouldn't hesitate to use the Fiocchi for self defense if needed, they aren't shabby.
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Old May 28, 2013, 08:34 PM   #20
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Any input on the Agulia mini shells?

http://www.ammunitiontogo.com/produc...e-all-12-gauge
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Old May 28, 2013, 09:28 PM   #21
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Never tried them so no personal experience. I heard some guns don't feed them but those that do have an advantage because you gain a couple or three rounds.
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Old May 28, 2013, 10:14 PM   #22
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I think I may grab a box and see how they do.
I read they won't work in all guns, 100% not in a semi but a pump we will see
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Old May 30, 2013, 12:42 PM   #23
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Go to Wally world and buy a box of 100 low base #8 shot. Check out You Tube or whatever and watch how to shoot a shotgun. If you stick your strong arm straight out to your side like a scarecrow and then bring your arm forward to a 45' angle you will find a pocket in your shoulder between the collarbone and front deltoid. When you mount the shotgun the toe of the stock goes right there and the comb of the stock comes up to your cheek. Tuck it in and lean slightly forward when you shoot. When you go back to heavy loads like buckshot and slugs always end the day with the #8 shot, it will help mitigate flinch.
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