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Are you feeling that itch for a Bigger Kick? – Try a 4 gauge Shotgun
This is probably cheaper than getting a .950 JDJ rifle. Yeh, this shotgun has a really big kick! Watch this shooter hold on as he fires off this mighty Thor 4 gauge shotgun.If you think shooting the 12 gauge shotgun is nothing, by all means give this 4 gauge a try and feel the blast.
Thanks to Youtuber Georghe Bushe for sharing a video which has this ZZ Top looking guy taking a shot with a scary 4 gauge shotgun. Seeing the recoil effects on someone is definitely funny to watch. But, I can imagine feeling that punch to the shoulder. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YIqrm5nnQk
4 Gauge Info The 4 gauge shotgun has 1750 grain (113.4 gram) 4 bore projectiles propelled with a light powder charge at 1330 feet per second (405 meters per second) produce 6875 foot pounds (9321 Joules) of energy at the muzzle.
Heavier powder charges produced even higher velocity and muzzle energy figures. Simply put, 4 bore rifles and 4 gauge shotguns produce such absurd amounts of energy that they are unsafe to fire repeatedly due to biological limits on the strength of human physiology. This shotgun generally produce well in excess of 100 foot pounds (135 Joules) of free recoil energy.
About that Recoil
A 12 gauge usually have 20–25 foot pounds (27-34 Joules) of free recoil energy when firing 2 3/4 inch length shells with 1 ounce (437.5 grain/28.3 gram) slugs at 1450 feet per second (442 meters per second) resulting in 2043 foot pounds (2770 Joules) of muzzle energy.
-20 foot pounds of free recoil energy is about the maximum most shooters can tolerate before they start flinching.
-15 foot pounds is around the most free recoil energy which most shooters are comfortable with and the maximum which is considered acceptable for most military service rifles.
Back in the day, 6 and 8 bore double rifles were the guns of choice for elephant hunts. The 4 bore was also an option and was used by some hunters. However, it not only killed the elephant, it was prone to maiming the shooter as well.
Being so powerful, manufacturers found it difficult to market to the mass in the hunting field. If you have one now, then its probably a barrel of laughs to show off and shoot on a “dare” at BBQ’s and get together. Stay Safe!