New to me 870 Youth model

General discussion about Remington 870 shotgun.
gale
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Re: New to me 870 Youth model

Post by gale » Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:56 pm

Scorpion8 wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 6:43 pm
gale wrote:
Thu Dec 27, 2018 2:33 pm
...I bought some 3" #4 shot shells to put through it initially, and I was shocked at the recoil...seeming as stout as any 12 gauge I've fired.
People always seem to think that a 20-gauge will recoil less than a 12-gauge, but, all things being equal, throwing 3/4-to-1-oz of shot at 1145fps requires the same motive force and thus the same recoil generated regardless if it is 12-or-20-gauge. The only change is that 12-gauge shotguns tend to be a bit heavier, and can soak up a bit more of that momentum. Even a 20-gauge youth model has 1" less of stock wood and you lose that weight, slightly worse on the Express Synthetic lightweight stocks.
I'm one of those people who assumed it would recoil less...I guess you're never too old to learn something new. :)

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Re: New to me 870 Youth model

Post by Scorpion8 » Fri Dec 28, 2018 5:08 pm

gale wrote:
Fri Dec 28, 2018 12:56 pm
I'm one of those people who assumed it would recoil less...I guess you're never too old to learn something new. :)
I was there too, and it's a natural assumption until you stop to think that (e.g.) 1-oz of shot is 1-oz of shot. The laws of mechanics don't care about barrel size in the F * t = m * (delta)V equation. Just mass and velocity (or change of, going from 0 fps to 1145 fps). Hey, lookee there, all that stuff in college all those years ago and I actually used some of it! :)
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