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 Post subject: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:47 pm 
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My Friend has serious neck issues what shotgun might be the one he could use and not risk more damage from recoil?



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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 6:54 pm 
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A 12 gauge framed 20 ga O/U or a heavy gas gun would work the best - assuming his doctor has cleared him to shoot

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:38 pm 
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I’d look at a Rem 1100 in 20 ga.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:42 pm 
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A gas-operated autoloader may be your best bet. The Remington 1100 has a reputation for being a very soft shooter. The Beretta A400 with Kickoff might be another good option.


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I also vote for the 1100, the Winchester SX3 is also a soft shooter.




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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:11 pm 
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I’d look at a Rem 1100 in 20 ga.

An 1100 LT-20 would be great but my old standard-weight SB 20 Skeet on a 12 gauge frame has even lighter felt recoil. They’ve been out of production for decades but there are still a lot of nice full frame gun around.

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:33 am 
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Winchester model 50 in 20ga, browning gold 20, beretta 391 20 would all be on my list for soft shooting 20s.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 6:10 am 
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Beretta 390 in 20 ga. Took one to Argentina several times and almost no recoil.
Several days of over 1500 shells/day.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2019 12:42 pm 
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There is a reason the Remington 1100 positively dominated the skeet ranges back in the sixties and seventies, and back them most of them had a hard plastic buttplate no less.
With the rise in popularity of the O/U, reloading and not wanting to have to bend over to pick up empties, and Sporting Clays this shifted, but an 1100 is still very hard to beat for any clay target game.

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
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Amen!!

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It's hard to get much softer shooting than a 9 lb. 12 gauge tubed for 20 gauge, especially if you add an Isis, Graco, or Bumpbuster recoil reducing device. Lots of money in that set up but very effective.


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Seriously, if the recoil from target 20 ga loads bothers you, then you might just be a little over sensitive to recoil. I shot 1500-2000 20 ga field loads in a field shotgun per day in Argentina and felt fine at the end of the day

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
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Beretta A400 with the kick off recoil reducer system.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
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Old Model 1100 20 ga on full size 12,ga frame has to be the champ. It far out weighs anything with an alloy receiver. Then there is the LT20 with the steel weight kit installed in the mag tube and the stock that weighs in at over 8 lbs. I don’t see how any gas gun could be softer shooting with all that mass

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:23 pm 
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Mike103 wrote:
Beretta A400 with the kick off recoil reducer system.


I don't care for the kick-offs personally, but this is the gun they are looking for.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Fri Jul 19, 2019 12:06 pm 
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I find both the 1100 Lt and 11-87 20ga to both be excellent. As mentioned a Remington Skeet weight kit helps also as I use one in my 1100 28ga.
Adding weight to any gun helps my Trap guns weight close to 10lbs and are 1100 and 11-87 12ga guns with C & H Mercury in the magazine tubes and a piece of tungsten in the stock.
These two shoot as soft as any gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:51 pm 
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If you want to add weight to an 1100, the forend weights from Jim’s Eye and Ear in Jacksonville, FL are great. I have two Remington matched weight skeet caps but like the bullet shaped Jim’s weights even better. I use their 5 oz. weights on my .410 and 28s, on forend caps they provided. They’re very nicely finished and reasonably priced.

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:13 pm 
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+all the above. Most any gas auto will help. Add some weight will help. A good recoil pad like a Kickeez will help. Go to reduced ammo. Shoot 3/4 oz loads instead of the standard 7/8 oz.Just check that it has enough pressure to cycle the action.
If all that doesn't work, the radical solution might be to go to a heavier 12 gauge, and do all the above. I shoot 7/8 oz loads in skeet from my 12 and they break birds just fine. I know guys who shoot 3/4 oz 12 gauge, but I have never tried them.


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 2:24 pm 
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Just came back from the skeet range having shot my 1100 20 ga Skeet Standard Weight receiver. I shot 7/8 oz Herters target loads and my own 3/4 oz hand loads. Both cycled just fine. My hand loads were softer shooting but broke birds as well as the Herters. Recoil with this gun is extremely soft. I really don’t know how you could find anything softer shooting

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 Post subject: Re: Softest Shooting 20 Ga for Skeet?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:53 pm 
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I can only speak from my experience. My 1100 20 ga. Standard weight and 20 ga. Browning gold are very soft. As a matter of fact they are no longer mine. My 10 year old shoots them now.




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