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MERCURY recoil devices for installing inside a shotgun’s butt-stock have been around for quite some time, but mostly for competitive shooters. In more recent years they’ve been used on hunting arms.

very best aftermarket recoil pads there are, and they do shooters a world of good, including improved shooting. Remington Super Cell Recoil pads are also good. Is a recoil pad actually going to reduce recoil? Yes, the four just mentioned will, as will others, to a degree. Those listed cost some where around $40 to $60, plus labor. Spend the money, improve your shooting, and shoot more often. Recoil pads as suggested earlier came about because of the success of Sporting Clays. Shooting 100 or more shells/targets a day brought the need for better pads to the fore, and these newer ones were developed. Benelli, Remington (Super Cell) and firearms manufacturers offer multi-pad, add-on recoil pads to assist both with recoil, and with providing a better fit for the shooter. Those systems can also change as younger shooters grow. Specially shaped pads, pads that recoil into the stock and different shaped stocks

are being produced and sold as part of factory gun packages, and they work. I had missed this initially, but Benelli offers a Mercury add-on recoil reduction kit that is installed in the buttstock. These go back quite some time, but competition shooters were their primary users. Benelli has not only brought them back, but also made them available to more shooters, and somewhat more popular. This brings us to why manufacturers finally considered, and then did something about, recoil. As if the 3-inch, 12-gauge magnum shotshell did not have enough recoil for most shooters, the introduction of the 3½-inch, 12-gauge magnum came out, and then just about shouted their need for more recoil reduction. The 3½-inch, 12-gauge was the answer to steel and other non-toxic shot; hunters wanted something more effective than standard size shotshell sizes, and the big, new shell offered it. When hunters got the 3½-inch, 12-gauge shells they felt they had what they desired, but for one problem: The giant shell hit like Thor’s hammer from both ends of the gun. I discovered one 3½-inch, 12-gauge turkey load with 72-foot-pounds of felt recoil. Recoil reduction quickly became important, finally. Some shooters are now buying semiautomatic shotguns to reduce recoil, but for years they bought them mainly to improve the speed of their shooting. The newer thinking concerning recoil is an idea whose time has come; it is a great idea, especially for those that are recoil shy, small or smallish, or just do not like recoil. Semi-autos are great for men reaching a certain
BERETTA’S Kick-off recoil pad features internal hydraulic dampeners to act as shock absorbers to reduce recoil

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012

Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012
History of the Whitetail
26 Days for a Gobbler
I Took a Stand
Enemies Among Us
The Smile Says It All
Wild Turkey Trivia
Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
Field Notes
Conservation News
Off the Wire
Another View
The Naturalist’s Eye
Fun Game
Straight from the Bowstring
Lock, Stock & Barrel
Crossings
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Cover2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - History of the Whitetail
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 2
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 26 Days for a Gobbler
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 5
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - I Took a Stand
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 7
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Enemies Among Us
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Smile Says It All
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 19
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Trivia
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 23
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Wild Turkey Cures A Heartache
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - First VPA-HIP Habitat Project Nears Completion
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Field Notes
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Conservation News
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Off the Wire
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Another View
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - The Naturalist’s Eye
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Fun Game
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Straight from the Bowstring
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 59
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Lock, Stock & Barrel
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Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 62
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - 63
Pennsylvania Game News - May 2012 - Crossings
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