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    Longtime lurker, first time poster...looking for advice:

    Finally in the market for a nice upland gun (for the first time in my life). I have shot a lot of Citoris in my time and definitely prefer the feel of them to many of the other O/Us out there (Beretta's, the new Benellis, 101s, etc). They fit me and I shoot them well.

    I have never handled a Citori Feather 12 gauge and never even seen one, but I have read good reviews and like the idea of them. I definitely carry my gun more than I shoot it, and less weight does appeal to me. However, where I hunt the pheasants are few and the pressure is high, I shoot a lot of 3'' shells. Apart from opening weekend, I run 3'' basically the whole time. I have some concerns about recoil with these magnum loads and the lighter weight of the Feather.

    Does anybody have experience shooting magnum loads out of a 12g Feather? How bad is the "ouch". I don't do high volume shooting, but also don't want to buy a gun that makes me avoid magnum loads.

    Just looking for thoughts/opinions...

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    No thoughts? Just looking for as much info as I can. First time I have ever invested in a high end gun.

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    I have a lightning feather 16 ga that I love. Not the same but my experience has been that when hunting not sure Ive ever felt the recoil because of the excitement. I used to hunt with 3 slugs that st the time were the heaviest weight slug on the market and also the fastest which meant they were brutal kicking. While shooting deer never once felt the recoil. So my point is I dont think youd have issues shooting a few 3 shells pheasant hunting. Could also shoot 2 3/4 for first shot and then 3 if you thought that would help.

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    Thanks Matt, I appreciate the thoughts and hearing your experiences.

    The weight of the Feather does not seem to significantly differ from the standard Beretta 686s, and I never hear people stress to much about recoil from 3" in those. So maybe I am concerned over nothing.

    Like I said, 4-5 shots a day is a good day where i hunt. Mostly 35-55 yards going away.

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    I'm in agreement with Matt D: I never feel much recoil when shooting at game. At the patterning board....well, yes, I can tell the difference between fast/heavy loads and trap loads.

    One other thing though. Stock fit can definitely affect felt recoil. A stock that doesn't fit can slap you around some, even when not using the fast/heavy loads.

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    What ranges are you shooting at pheasants where you feel the need to shoot 3" shells?

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    Quote Originally Posted by WoahBoy View Post
    Mostly 35-55 yards going away.
    Yikes, easy to tickle 'em, but awfully hard to put a rooster on the ground hard with shots like that. If there's absolutely no way to change your tactics & get closer/better shots, then I see your want for 3"ers. May be telling you things you already know, but straight-away roosters past 35 yds are hard to penetrate. If those are the lion's share of your shots, I recommend #4 lead (1250 fps minimum) & #3 or #2 steel (1450 fps min). I hope every hunter has a good dog, but if you're shooting straight-aways past 35-40 yards, I REALLY hope you have a good dog. Legs tend to not get broken on those shots. When a rooster "drops a leg" & continues flying, it's not necessarily broken. Not to sound too critical here, but rather than worry about felt recoil of a handful of shells per hunt, see what you can do about getting closer shots. If your average shot is 40-45 yds, that's pretty long. Taking even 10 yds off would make a huge difference.
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    Agree completely A5. The brutal truth is where I hunt it's either long shots or nothing. I shoot #4 lead at 1200+. I run modified for the opener and full after that. Used to even shoot #2s when I could find them. Back when numbers were decent years ago, I never considered magnum loads and ran 2.75'' #6s. Times had changed.

    On a good day, I get a few shots. In a good year, I get 10-15 birds (and that's with a fair bit of hunting). Solid quail numbers around here, but few pheasants. I chase pheasants most of the time because (a many of you know), its an obsession.

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    No dog? Or dog you can't keep up with?
    "Most pheasants in South Dakota don't react too well to #5s." -The Hunt for Red Rooster

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    Please be aware that 3" shells don't have an effective range any further than 2 3/4". Just more pellets that may or may not put more pellets in the kill zone at those ranges. When patterning various loads I've often found that a 2 3/4" may put more pellets in a 30" circle at 40 yds. than a 3". A lot depends on the shell and the individual gun. Unless you pattern your gun you will not know. Actually the 2 3/4" shells are generally faster than the 3" and thus have more penetrating power at extended ranges. Looking at Federal Premiums the 3 inchers are 1,350 fps and the 2 3/4" are 1,500 fps. Everything I'm referring to above is with lead shot. Steel in another story. I personally do not see any reason to use 3" lead shells for pheasants under any circumstances, even the ones you have described.
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