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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
Joined: 10/28/2006
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Shotgun Handling

Hey Guys - I am a new hunter and have bought a Remington 870 Express shotgun. My problem is how to hold the gun while firing? Might seem like a stupid question but here is what the problem is. It is a pump action and when I am firing slugs through it and holding it from the pump with my left hand the recoil is so big that as soon as I fire the pump is pushed back by the jerk of my hand and the cartridge is either ejected or halfway ejected. Is that bad? Also when I try to hold it from the area which is between the pump and the trigger right above the cartridge loading area and in front of the trigger the recoil again pushes my hand back so hard that it gets hurt by the metal.
I know I am doing something wrong and any help is much appreciated.
Thanks

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Location: Nova Scotia
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Shotgun Handling

First of all welcome... now to your question! I have a few suggestions you can use to get used to your new shotgun. First of all, your left hand is only needed hold the shotgun up so only hold on it enough so you don't lose grip. What it sounds like you are doing is pulling back with your left hand to help shoulder the shotgun harder in your shoulder so the recoil is not as bad which is very common for new shooters. When the shell is fired, your own pressure back on the slide is pushing the forearm back. Your right hand should be the one that is used to firmly shoulder your shotgun. My other suggestion is to put down the slugs for a bit and buy field loads(bird shot) so you can get used to the recoil and action on your shotgun. Slugs are real killers in the recoil department especially the 3" and 3.5" but also the 2.75" ones as well.

Hope this is a starting point for you. Thumbs up

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Location: Mullica Hill,NJ
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Thanks ChesterGolf! You have described the exact problem. That is exactly what I am doing. I am pushing the gun too hard in my shoulder with the left hand to reduce recoil. Thanks for that great advice I will pick up some bird loads and try to get used to my gun before using slugs.

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Glad to be of help. You will find it to be a quick learning curve and will be snapping of rounds in no time. Thumbs up

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Location: texas
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I find that a slip on recoil pad, in addition to the built in one, helps a lot on reducing perceived recoil. Since I have long arms, it also helps movement to the shoulder.

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