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Recoil Vs Gas Operated

Discussion in 'The Powder Keg' started by Logansdad, May 4, 2002.

  1. Logansdad

    Logansdad Guest

    Which is better and why ?
     
  2. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

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    this probably lines up to a personal preference thing. I like recoil operated. Lighter in weight, simple design in most cases. My dad and brother both have Benelli's I'm very impressed. always have been an A-5 fan, my first love before I became a pump junkie.
     

  3. GaryG

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    Let's look at the history of Remington shotguns. The recoil-operated guns were sold from 1900 to the early 60's, with the last model being the 11-48. Remington then came out with the gas-operated 1100 and it became the best-selling auto shotgun ever. They replaced it with the 11-87 and its still going strong.

    I've been told that before the 1100 you couldn't get a serious trap or skeet shooter to use a Remington autoloader since they were only good for 5000 rounds. I don't know if this is true. Maybe some old timer can clear this up. I do know that an 1100/1187 will go 5000 rounds easy.
     
  4. There's lots of mechanical action on recoil operated shotguns. Parts wear out, springs get weak, and so on. I own a model 11 and a model 48, both are recoil operated. The 48 shoots nice, but is not reliable. The 11 kicks so hard that I don' want to shoot it. My 1100 is the choice for shooting. Guys you've got to keep the gas ports clean. Happy shooting!
     
  5. jerry

    jerry Since 2002 Forum Contributor

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    have to tend to agree with the older recoil operated guns to a certain extent. however the apitamy of simplicity is the Benneli and it's clone twin Stoeger.