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November 18, 2006, 04:14 PM
Has anyone had experience porting their 12ga barrel. After shoulder surgey, I'm always looking to reduce felt recoil. I was wondering if this process helps.

November 18, 2006, 07:44 PM
boy can I help you out! I had labral & rotator cuff surgery last January, and I'm still no where near 100%. Since you asked, I can tell how to make a 12ga feel like a 28ga. Hear is what I did, in detail to my Beretta Silver Pigeon 12ga
over under.

1: Barrel ported, and chambers back bored by Briley.
2: Added Briley extended ported skeet chokes.
3: had the stock fitted to me, and a Simms recoil pad added.
4: installed a Mercury recoil weight in the stock.
5: IMO THE BEST CURE. Load your 12gage with 7/8oz of shot. you can buy wads for that load. Load the lightest powder charge recommended by the MFG. I use Clays, 15.7grs.

most of the better shooters around here are dropping back to 7/8oz of shot.
my gun patterns much better that way, it's easier on the shoulder, and cheaper too.

Good Luck

November 18, 2006, 07:57 PM
Thanks, Geninnc.

I'll swith the Remington Premiere 11-87 with my daughter and have her Ruger O/U ported and set uo as you suggest. I'll try switching load receipes, too.


November 18, 2006, 10:53 PM
I can go along with 2, 3, 4, and 5 as an aid. Porting has little benifit to reducing recoil, even to muzzle lift. There have been a lot of threads on porting and the most say,, no real benifit.

November 18, 2006, 10:59 PM
I've got an American Arms O/U Silver II Sporting Clays in 12ga with ported bbls. Can't say it helps with recoil but muzzle rise is minimal compared to a Ruger Red Label or Browning Citori.

Death from Afar
November 19, 2006, 03:34 PM
Absolutly mate. My Bettinsolli is ported for down the line trap shooting, and my 870 has a Vang Comp on it. You wont ever go back. Note however, good hearing protection becomes even more of a must have then.

November 19, 2006, 06:53 PM
I agree with Ruger 100 % . I have tried other guns that were ported and they are just plane louder..

November 19, 2006, 08:30 PM
I've never had a ported barrel, but I have shot trap on the firing line with someone next to me who had a ported barrel. One pellet came sideways out of it and stung me pretty good. Not enough to draw blood, but it hurt. Think about what and where you're going to use it for.

November 19, 2006, 08:35 PM
that's why Briley mills out a "comma" shaped port, instead of round.
"still wandering how the pellet escaped, unless he was using 9 shot for trap"
Just goes to show Murphy wrote that law for firearms. I'm glad you didn't get hurt. now I see why those trap guys have side shields on their shooting glasses.

November 19, 2006, 08:50 PM
Had my Winchester model 1300 barrel ported by these folks. They can do wonders with a shotgun. Also lengthened my forcing cone.


November 19, 2006, 08:55 PM
"still wandering how the pellet escaped, unless he was using 9 shot for trap"

I hope the newer ports don't do this, but this gentleman was using a shotgun with the first-generation Poly-Choke. They are, to the best of my knowledge, no longer available. I think they've fixed that with the Poly-Choke II.

November 19, 2006, 10:49 PM
I always get a kick out of the pro and con porting threads. I have a Browning O/U I use for skeet. Once a long time ago I was at a shoot in Tucson and one of the vendors had a EDM porting service, He was well known for his porting and gunsmithing. I decieded to try porting between rounds and a break for lunch. I told him I wanted the bottom barrel ported. His response was that I need both barrels ported. My response was, if it helps, I just need control for my first shot, I could care less where the barrel went after the second shot as I was done shooting for that station. He was a little miffed I guess because he could not SELL me 2 barrels worth of porting.. At any rate, he did the porting for me, I went back to shooting after lunch break and could see NO change in lift or recoil,,, NONE.. I wish I could have, I wish it DID make a difference. Well it did make a difference, my first shot was louder than my second, that was it,,, all she wrote.. I have read many threads where people claim great differences after they port a barrel,, personally, I think it is more mind over fact. Whatever, if you think it works,, great, ,go for it. If there IS a measurable difference in muzzle lift, it is so insignificient as to NOT matter. You are better off saving the money for shells to practice with. I wish that gunsmith had a way to remove the ports I so foolishly bought.