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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:24 PM

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felt recoil

I had a nice discission the other day about the factors that contribute to felt recoil, bore axis, gun's overall weight etc. The one topic that we couldn't seem to agree on was barrel length, some said the shorter the barrel the greater the felt recoil, others said the exact opposite, and a very small minority said barrel length had nothing to do with felt recoil. So I have decided to caome here, where I probably should have in the first place, and ask the experts. What affect, if any,does barrel length have on felt recoil?

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:29 PM

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a longer barrel adds weight to the gun thus reducing recoil. I know there must be more to it than that and the laws of physics may apply. Just anecdotally, though, I experience hardly any recoil on a 1911, but a small J-frame can hurt my hand on a much smaller load. Does this make any sense/ It's not like I know what I'm talking about.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:38 PM

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makes sense to me schuyler, I was just thinking that a longer barrel also shifts the center of gravity farther forward right? If that's the case then there would be less tendency for the muzzle to snap up. Somebody plz correct me of I am wrong.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:44 PM

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Typically, yes.
However, a 20" bull barrell will "controll" muzzle jump and recoil as well as or better than a 26" sporter barrell.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:42 PM

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Schuy is correct. Longer barrell ( of same diameter) is heavier and will reduce recoil. Shorter barrell will give increased muzzle blast, which can give an added shock factor to the "perceived" recoil. All comments assume the same powder and bullet loads in varying rifles.

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:47 PM

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I have no idea

as I don't own to pistols of the same caliber in short and long barrel. Hmmmmm, this is the perfect excuse do run out and buy a long barrel .38 spl/.357 mag to go with my Windicator 2" barrel....Thanx Ooze...lol!

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3 years 49 weeks ago, 2:52 PM

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a longer bbl has less recoil as the other guys said. Take the mosin nagant for example. A 91/30 has less recoil than a M38 or M44. The same goes for pistols. A glock 17 will have less recoil than a G26. It is probably because of the added weight, but whatever the cause, there is definitely less felt recoil with longer barrels.

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