Does a light rifle 'kick' more strongly than a heavy one?

Ethel Senger asked a question: Does a light rifle 'kick' more strongly than a heavy one?
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Date created: Wed, Aug 11, 2021 6:16 PM



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🌐 Does a 12 gauge kick more than a 20 gauge?

If the 12-gauge weighs more and the shells are the same, the 12-gauge recoils less. If the shells are the same and the 20 gauge weighs less, it recoils more. This is why OFTEN 20-gauges recoil worse than 12-gauges, because of the lighter gun, even with lighter payloads.

🌐 Does bow hunting cause more pain than rifle hunting?

Is it better to hunt with a bow or rifle?

  • Some say it is how hunting should be done. Bow hunting gives an adrenaline rush that using the rifle doesn’t offer. One of the reasons why many hunters are picking up a bow is because of the generous seasonal times. Most states allow more hunting time and limits for bow hunters.

🌐 Is an air rifle more powerful than co2 rifle?

Yes. Pump, Spring and PCP (PreCharged Pneumatic) are all more powerful than a C02 system

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ALL other things being equal (caliber, type of action, etc) a lighter rifle will have more recoil (kick) than a heavier one. It is a matter of action and reaction. I have a heavy (11 lbs) benchrest target rifle in .308- it is a pleasure to shoot. I have another .308- a lightweight hunting rifle (6lbs). With the same cartridge, it will put tears in your eyes!

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