Skip to comments.Shotgun Reducers
Posted on 05/12/2009 11:27:05 AM PDT by Ron H.
Anyone have any direct experience with Shotgun reducers. I've never seen them used and am interested to know if they are worth the time and money.
First shotgun, as a 12 yr old:
Ithaca 12 guage single shot breachload. No buttpad.
You didn’t shoot unless you KNEW you were going to hit your target.
Oh it is. I saw it happen once to a very, very nice Browning O/U. Why on Earth my idiot boss had a 20 gauge shell in his pocket I'll never know.
Why he didn't notice that it was a different color, bright yellow instead of red, I'll never know.
What I do know is that doing it will completely destroy a very nice shotgun along with a significant portion of the person firing it.
They are used mainly by skeet shooters so they can use the same gun for each guage class. There are some noticable velocity and pattern changes when you skip more than one guage but it is consistent and can be adapted to. There are also models that are essentially slip in barrels, so the pattern and velocity changes aren’t so pronounced as these chamber only models.
I would think the flare itself would lethal enough at close range. If it didn't kill em, it would make em sicker than hell.
Just buy a shotgun in the guage you want, and forget about those things. They’re a hassle, expensive, and potentially dangerous.
At 12? DAMN, dad wanted to raise one tough kid, eh?
My friend has a cool Saiga assault shotgun, and while it is fun to pose with for photo ops, I will most likely never fire it due to the pain it inflicts upon me.
I’d imagine they would render the ejector useless.
Nope, just had one mean-assed brother. And I say that with no fondness.
or eject the reducer and shell together
I have a set in .410 for my Lanber 12 GA. Over/Under. They work great for what I use them. I train my kids without having to buy a separate youth model or shotgun in a dubious caliber. Plus, it’s fun to pop a few .410s every once in a while.
I haven’t formally measured the patterns, but they seem to group just fine.
Most of the complaints I’ve seen on the web concern people who bought them for shooting clays, and found that you can’t reload the shells fast enough for competition. You have to poke the husk out of each insert with a pencil or stick. Buying an insert for each shot wouldn’t make economic sense.
There are other limitations. They are clearly marked to use target loads only. Also, I have to be very careful breaking open, so the ejectors don’t send them flying. Hitting the ground too many times would probably ding the inserts, as they appear to be made from aluminum.
Mine was an 870, about the same age. Ouch is an understatement.
First handgun was .44 Navy Colt that dad has from some ancestor in the Civil War. Fired two rounds from that black powdered ba$tard and realized that a lot of cowboy movies were lies.
Jeez, at a grand a pop, I'd rather just buy another gun in the different caliber.
But the best shotgun accessory in my opinion is the Knoxx SpecOps recoil reducing stock. It makes a 12 ga 3" magnum slug feel like a 2 3/4" light bird load.
So in other words this is some namby-pamby thingamabob for panty-waist country club RINOs?
While we're at it, why don't we talk about the market for polo ponies and gulfstreams and 19th Century Impressionist artwork?
The tube sets are $1000-1500 for a set of 3 (20, 28, .410) to fit in a set of 12 gauge barrels (usually fitted to the specific gun). If you’ve dropped $12K on a Kreighoff or Kolar, and had it custom fitted to you, the tubes are a deal.
The idea is that your gun always fits the same in each gauge, since it is the same gun. Almost all top level skeet shooters use them.
Years ago you could purchase full length tubes to turn a shotgun into a “rifle”. You could get them for .45LC and .30-30 and other low pressure shells. I believe they were smooth bore so accuracy was limited to distance. I have not seen them for a number of years. They inserted in break action shotguns and were centered in the bore with “O” rings.
Start young kids with a 28 gauge or a 410. The recoil is mild and they can learn to shoot at moving targets. A .30 calibre carbine is also excellent for children when the have moved past a 22 and want to shoot something that makes more noise with little recoil.