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I have never fired one, so I'll ask.

How does the felt recoil rate when compared to the 10 most common pump / semi-auto shotguns available.

Kicks like a Benelli M1S90
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Smooth as a XXXXX

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Yes there is no mistaking it a 12 gauge but it's not that bad. It kicks FAR less than I was expecting. Of course the load matters. I would call it firm. I put one of those recoil pads on when I got it because of some of the chatter on the net but took it off. Not needed at all, just in the way IMHO. My Winchester 1200 is brutal compared to the KSG. You want to get beat up go ahead and light off both barrels on a coach gun:D
 

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I had a Mossberg 500 with an AR style stock that kicked like a mule. I had trouble firing more than 15 or 20 rounds. My KSG with the Kel-Tec extended recoil pad is sweet to shoot. I've shot a 50 round string and could have easily shot more.
 

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Feels like a typical, 12 gauge pump to me. Even with magnum loads.

Drop some weight and you would be in for a ride...I have a pair of H&R single shots (one from the '50s that was my grandfathers and one from the '70s I picked up nearly free) and those kick so much with a magnum load it is hilarious. No recoil pad here, just a piece of rubber. You have to be a badass shot to use those. :D
 

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I appreciate the feedback/comments... I'm going to hold off on buying any shotgun for now.

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I've fired a grand total of 6 target loads out of mine since it arrived last week, so that makes me an expert on the subject, right?

Obviously, they're fine - non issue so far. I'm a little shy about firing slugs, but I suppose I'll get there eventually... Not only are they $2 a round, but I'd think they are the ones to worry about. Hey - if I break my shoulder, the KSG is ambidextrous, right..?

I'll chime in again when my setup is complete and I do a few rounds of trap. With the 20 gauge I've been using, 50 to 75 rounds in a day is no problem for the shoulder, it's the cheek bone which takes the beating. I'm more concerned about having to get so low on the KSG and the rotation from holding it high in my regular stance... We'll see I suppose.

One thing I will say about shooting the KSG is that before the temperature drops, that receiver cover is going to get a blankey - damn that thing is cold on the face.
 

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It's about what you would expect out of a 12 guage. It does seem louder than others because the muzzle is closer to your head. I just have the standard recoil pad that ships from the factory. 3" slugs are the only thing I've shot that were on the unpleasant side.
 

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I'm a little shy about firing slugs, but I suppose I'll get there eventually... Not only are they $2 a round, but I'd think they are the ones to worry about. Hey - if I break my shoulder, the KSG is ambidextrous, right..?
I've become a reloader since acquiring the KSG. I've produced around five hundred rounds so far. All of them slugs. One other thing I've played with is swapping the shot in the walmart federal bird rounds with slugs. Per unit cost is around 25 cents and they perform amazingly well. My casting/reloading cost for a recycled slug round is right at 17 cents (depending on number of reloads per hull).

Recoil from slugs is nothing to fear, IMHO. BTW, I'm just an average sized 175 pound guy,
 

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I've fired a grand total of 6 target loads out of mine since it arrived last week, so that makes me an expert on the subject, right?

Obviously, they're fine - non issue so far. I'm a little shy about firing slugs, but I suppose I'll get there eventually... Not only are they $2 a round, but I'd think they are the ones to worry about. Hey - if I break my shoulder, the KSG is ambidextrous, e.
Remington sluggers are available every day of the week for less than $13 per 15. Pick some up and run them. They are stout but far from brutal in the KSG. It may surprise you as to the accuracy a smooth bore is capable of.
 
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