Kinetic energy is .5 * (mass) * (velocity)^2Kentactic wrote:30% difference seems very high not saying your wrong but its only 170fps difference.
Since the energy goes up with the square of the velocity, even a moderate speed boost makes a significant difference.
Assuming the mass of shot is the same, the ratio of full-power ME to reduced-recoil ME would reduce to 1345^2/1175^2, which equals 1.31029.
Very true, you can handle just about anything with proper technique, regardless of physical stature. Though she's in excellent physical shape, my mother is in her 50s, stands about 5-foot and some change, and can't weigh more than 110-120 lbs. However, she can handle full-house 3" loads out of my shotgun, even with my 14" LoP stocks that are way too big for her.Kentactic wrote:But even a smaller shooter can manage full recoil loads with proper technique.
Still, you can't argue with physics. However hard you push the shot, it'll push you back just as hard; and while that recoil may not seem too bad on the range, it may well be a different animal in the stress and adrenaline of a life-or-death shooting. At ranges inside a home, against a human, you're not giving up much lethality if you choose to make it easier on yourself by using low-recoil loads or a 20ga.