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Old July 28th, 2016, 11:38 AM   #1
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Beretta A400 KickOff (Yes or No)

I know it's not a Ruger shotgun but this is the closest forum for asking a question. I bought my wife her first shotgun, a Beretta A400 20ga (not the KickOff version). She's expressed a casual interest in shooting clay pigeons. Anyway, we bought the shotgun (nice shotgun BTW) but she finds the recoil with heavy loads a tad too much. I can buy the KickOff system as an aftermarket add on but it's about $350 delivered. I know, I know I should have got it in the first place but she can handle a 45-70 and this is only a 20ga semi auto. I didn't think it would bother her but it does. So, if anybody has experience with and without the KickOff system is it worth it? I could always just buy her a new shotgun and keep this one for myself (it's a real sweet gun) but unless the KickOff really makes a difference that doesn't solve the problem either. Help please. Thanks.



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Why not shoot a lighter load if all she is doing is shooting clay pigeons? They aren't that hard to kill if you can hit them.
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Valid question. The owners manual suggests shooting some heavy loads first to break things in. In reality I'd just call them medium heavy (1oz 7 1/2 1165fps). I don't think the load matters at this point. She's made up her mind about the recoil so I need to sort it out for her if I can.
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Well, I can't help you with the kick off question... Not sure it would be worth it to me. If I were you, I would shoot a couple of boxes of heavy loads through it myself to break it in, and then go get a variety of light loads and find one that will still cycle the action. Let her shoot those, and if it is still too much recoil, either add weight to the gun, or go to a different gun altogether.

I'm betting that the gun just doesn't fit her well if she is bothered by the recoil.
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Thanks for the advice.
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Forgot to mention that my son and I both have the A300 Outlander. It was suggested to shoot heavy loads through it at first too. Both of ours cycle everything we put through it from cheap promo loads to heavy loads for duck. We only put one box each of heavy loads to break them in.
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