Originally Posted by Standbanger
I patterned or attempted to pattern my recently purchased 870 with 3.5" chamber. What a mistake. I never imagined it would be that bad(recoil). I will just take my bow it don't kick. I should have bought an automatic.
Also you don't need 3.5" shells to kill turkeys just fine. Some 3" loads actually pattern better, depending on gun/choke, and their felt recoil is noticeably much
less than 3.5"s. I'd only use 3.5"s for mid to long range waterfowl. They don't kick nearly like the turkey loads due to lower shot weights. You might also check out Hevi-shot 2 3/4" loads. Some people are getting great patterns with them and with far less recoil. ...But even most 20 gauge turkey loads (with 1/2 the recoil of 3" 12 GA) kick a little harder than your average .300 WM rifle round, especially considering the 20's are usually lighter weight guns.
I still love my 870's! They're lighter to carry, especially on mountain turkey hunts where I easily walk and climb 10-12 miles some days. I've never felt any recoil when I've shot a turkey. I usually don't even recall hearing my own shot... LOL!