Well with those starting points-----I gave up shot about 1972- went down to 1oz. so wife & I could use the same shells, then again in 1995 down to 7\8 just as a trial & my scores stayed the same (poor) so I'm still shooting 7\8 @ about 1175 for most of my shooting, I do buy a few new STSs. Ross Puls
Many shooters (myself included) have gone to lighter loads such as the 7/8 oz loads I now use for the 16 yard line, or the 1 oz loads for handicap. I keep both of these loads in the 1200 fps range and they produce little recoil. Others have sucessfully gone as low as 1100 fps or so for the heavier 1 1/8 oz loads to keep recoil down. Either way seems to work for those who have chosen that path to lower recoil, although I find lower speeds affect my leads too much. Try it both ways and find what works for you. But if recoil is becoming an issue (and I think it does for many shooters) then using one or the other method of reducing recoil is definitely a good idea, in my opinion.
Well I shoot 1 oz ,18.5 grn dot,can't go much lower.And Heaven help me if I go up,got enough complaints that my gun out Barks all the rest(28" ported barrels),even accused of shooting Hot loads.Yes,I weigh my powder,a little anal about that being new,I weigh first shell in,10 shells later,and last shell,per box.
Started loading 1 1/8 at first,thought the drop in both would be best way to go to lower recoil,etc.
Only you can answer those questions for yourself. I didn't care for the extra weight in my guns, affected the balance too much and killed the dynamics for me. Adding weight to a hard kicking rifle is an altogether different thing as they are shot much more deliberately. The cumulative effects of recoil are what finally made me switch, and the lighter load allowed me to retain my gun's balance and feel. With the 1oz load at the same velocity as your regular loads, you will not have to make any adjustments in your lead or how you handle your gun. It will just kick a lot less, which will allow you to stay fresh a lot longer and keep you on the gun a lot more!
Somewhere, I seem to recall that for the human body to actually sense a "change", the change had to be more than 10% of "whatever"... (very scientific) (lol)
For instance, to be able to sense a change in the weight of an object - the weight change had to be more or less than 10%... so I'm guessing that a 50fps change in velocity which amounts to less than 5% of a 3 dram equivalent shell, would be undetectable to the human body... whereas a change to ejecta from 1oz or 7/8 oz load (3/4oz for mine personal receipe) represents an 11%, 12.5% or 30% reduction respectively...
At least I think I recollect that that would make a detectable difference...
You would think one of the high end gun makers would produce a high end gas operated auto for the recoil sensitive folks. I bet they would sell a ton of them. How much kick would a 10(lb) gas operated auto produce? Dan