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    Recoil in handguns isn’t an “issue” but I do prefer the balance of a 9mm over the force of a 410 out of a Judge or a 45 long colt out of a cowboy gun. I can get back on target quicker with my 9mm. In rifles a 458 SOCOM may bother me, but i have no idea.....i have an AR15 and shoot 223 and 556, which imo has no kick whatsoever and is a dream to shoot.
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    Try shooting a full power 357 in a scandium J frame, or a hot 00 Buck in a 5# single shot H&R...........then get back to me......
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    At 200lb, you still would have had plenty of mass to absorb recoil. That will, to an extent, help mitigate how much the recoil pushes you around. How painful recoil is will be more heavily influenced by ergonomics than the weight of the shooter.
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    I can handle recoil just fine. I just don’t care for it as I get older. I have a Savage 311 SXS 12 ga that always seems to kick like a mule. I shoot 12 ga and 30-06 and I don’t flinch but I’d rather shoot my 20ga or 410 or AR. I don’t need the extra power most of the time so why use it. I hunt pheasants with the 410 or the 20OU. Isn’t dee in NJ with a 20 ga 870 slug gun. I hunt geese with a 12ga Semiautomatic. Modern guns and ammo designs have become more effective so you don’t need a howitzer to shoot deer. Why punish myself?
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    Some guns and some calibers just hit me different I have 3 Marlins in 45-70, 444 and 35 Remington. The 35 punishes my shoulder the most, the first time i had it out i put maybe 40 rounds through it and was sore for a week! Without checking i think the big bores have rubber butt pads and i know the 35 is plastic so that little bit could be the difference too. Most of my regular bolt and semi guns in various 6,7 and 8mm calibers don't bother me much if any except i seem to remember the 6.5 carcano hurts a bit. Only a small fraction of those have rubber pads, most are steel and a couple plastic.
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    As others have indicated, the pain of recoil isn't the only reason to consider it when buying a firearm. Sometimes, you simply want to be able to facilitate getting back on target. Light recoil can help with that.

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    "Recoil Perception" implies that recoil is only in the"MIND" of the user. I say this 454 Casull 4 inch barrel vs the same round from an 8 inch barrel the "PERCEPTION" is as different as Rabid Pit Bull and a Noisy chihuahua..Which "PERCEPTION" would you want to slap and scream shut up at. No Try only Do Or Do Not. But hey I aint an "EXPERT"
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    Recoil is very subjective. It depends upon the load, velocity, muzzle energy, barrel length, and weight of gun.

    I do not tend to discern heavy recoil in revolvers longer than 6.5”.

    However, the force and tendency to rise from the initial position, at least in handguns, is a real entity.

    A heavier recoiling gun will have a certain degree of muzzle rise, and in bigger magnums, a twist. So the key is coming up with a recovery that allows an efficient follow up.

    I shoot all of my revolvers in DA. I’ve never felt the need to shoot a 500 Magnum or 460 S&W Magnum quickly, though.

    I’ve worked a long time working on bigger caliber revolvers. I have a minimal tendency to flinch, but if I notice, I don’t fill all cylinders to detect if I have one and work fo correct it. If it occurs, it’s with a 500 Magnum, using a 500 gr bullet. I’ve never detected a flinch with my Ruger Alaskan 454 Casull with Buffalo Bore 360 grain cast lead bullets.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rivervalley0311 View Post
    You shoot a hard kicker long enough, you may not hurt, but I can guarantee you will develop a flinch at some point.

    Those that say they don't are either FOS or don't know it's happening.
    I know what you mean, I know of dozens of them; and they don't know it.
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    I picked up a 12ga pump shotgun yesterday and took it to the range today. I shot 3- 3” slugs and let me tell you it was punishing. I still can feel it.

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