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shotgun pitch?

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i heard that a shotgun's pitch (which was defined to me as how much the barrel strays from a vertical line when the butt is placed on the ground) affects the amount of perceived recoil... i just added stock spacers on my mossberg 500 to raise the comb and in effect reduced the pitch to almost none. (i got the gun as a hand-me-down and when i fit it, all i saw was the rear of the receiver). as i would have it, this should reduce the recoil, right? and if that is true, it seems like every shotgun variable that reduces recoil (autoloaders, low-velocity or low weight rounds) has at least one draw-back. does lessening the pitch have one? thanks ~eric
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Hi. Is the pitch the angle of the barrel relative to true vertical, when standing on its end, or is it the angle between the barrel and the top edge of the stock?

If its the former, then changing angle of the butt plate would change the pitch. If the latter, then putting in shims between the stock and the action would change the pitch.

I always thought it was the latter.

If it's the former, then too much pitch the wrong way would cause one end of the butt plate (or recoil pad) to prong into your shoulder, but wouldn't really change where the gun points. Digging in to the shoulder would hurt, and increase felt recoil for sure.

If its the latter, the shims would change where you point, high or low, and might change the amount of cheek-slap. If the comb is parallel, then it would slap the cheek less, making the felt recoil a lot better. Take out the pitch all the way, and you have to really scrunch down to sight along the barrel, sort of like sighting down a broomstick.

I'd suggest reading up on Rollin' Oswald's posts. He's got the whole stock shape thing figured out.

And rather than buying a new $2000 gun, I think I'll buy his book on stock fitting.

-- Quackster
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