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My 11 year old GD wants to try trap shooting with GP. I have a 870 express that I cut down the stock for my son when he started. Going to have to put a softer recoil pad on it and find a load that won’t make her want to stop but still break some clays. What are some thoughts on this ?
Any other ideas “ on this subject “ are appreciated. Lol.
 

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Ouch...sounds painful. All locked breech guns (pumps, O/Us, SBTs, etc) are going to have greater felt recoil. How about a good, recoil-absorbing, gas-operated gun, like an 1100 with light 7/8oz loads? A good one, though harder to find, would be a standard frame 1100 in 20ga.
 

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Ouch...sounds painful. All locked breech guns (pumps, O/Us, SBTs, etc) are going to have greater felt recoil. How about a good, recoil-absorbing, gas-operated gun, like an 1100 with light 7/8oz loads? A good one, though harder to find, would be a standard frame 1100 in 20ga.
I already have this one so I’m going to doctor it up the best I can. Thanks for your input.
 

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Claybuster makes a 3/4 ounce 12 ga wad (CB 0175-12) and provides reloading data for that wad. I've made hundreds of them for my wife using 14.5 grains of Extra Lite and # 8 and 8.5 shot. They work extremely well out to 30/35 yards. JPM
 

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Claybuster makes a 3/4 ounce 12 ga wad (CB 0175-12) and provides reloading data for that wad. I've made hundreds of them for my wife using 14.5 grains of Extra Lite and # 8 and 8.5 shot. They work extremely well out to 30/35 yards. JPM
That’s good to know once my bench gets up and running. Thanks.
 

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I started my kid out with a reduced load. As we kept shooting I worked the load up to what I had been shooting. Finally after several weeks he asked to increase the load. I told him he had been shooting it for two weeks now. The smile was priceless.


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I was gifted a bunch of the 12 ga 3/4 oz wads a while back. I was pleased with the results. Minuscule recoil, broke the bird well, cheap to load. 16 gr Red Dot, IIRC.
 

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I shoot 3/4 oz. 20 gauge loads in my light SXS. I use a WWAA20 wad clone that has a lump in the wad cup to make it only hold 3/4 0z. of shot. They are sweet shooters. I think Downrange makes the wad.
 

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I started my kid out with a reduced load. As we kept shooting I worked the load up to what I had been shooting. Finally after several weeks he asked to increase the load. I told him he had been shooting it for two weeks now. The smile was priceless.


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My opinion of the above quote is that CReddy had the child use a light load until the child developed a good gun mount. Having a good gun mount IMHO is the best recoil reducer. Do you agree CReddy?
 
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