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They might shoot in different places and "top first" might be the right combination. Or the chokes might be set up that way, or the trigger; the MX-3 was. Or maybe someone else, approaching it with an open mind, has found that the top barrel kicks less. Mine does, and I just shot 4000 more doubles and experienced it 2000 times again.

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If you're using an O/U for trap and you've got choke tubes, it's not a bad idea to change them around occasionally and shot the top barrel first. That gives the firing pins, springs, etc., more even wear.
 

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I use the top barrel of my O/U for singles - 1 oz. light loads; then use the bottom barrel for handicap with 1 1/8 heavier loads. Seems to moderate the recoil and gets both barrels about the same usage. Ed
 

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when the unsingle barrel of my 682x got to heavy for me i traded for a top single. since i shoot a release-pull trigger i had it changed to put the release on the top for 16s and handicap with the single barrel. with one ounce loads for the first shot of doubles i don't have a recoil problem.
 

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I have read that O/U's often impact higher from the top barrel than from the bottom. For field shooting that might make the top barrel a better choice for an open choke (closer flushing birds rise quicker from the shooter's perspective) and the bottom better for a tighter choke (as they get away and the angle closes shoot right at them with a flat POI).

A guy at our range mentioned his Fabbri pigeon gun is deliberately set up to shoot higher (60/40) from the bottom, and flatter from the top. I guess that helps hit a fast rising released pigeon w/o losing sight of it, and then send the second barrel right at it.
 
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