Reduced Recoil Defense Ammo?

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Reduced Recoil Defense Ammo?

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Post by Keith B » Sun Mar 11, 2018 8:41 pm

With the wife getting into shooting we are seeing that recoil is a big issue for her. I personally am not a fan of anything smaller than 9mm or .38 special. She has settled on a .38 snubbie, but the recoil is still a bit harsh.

Has anyone had any personal experience with Hornady's Critical Defense Lite or any other reduced recoil ammo? https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/hand ... fense-lite#!/
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Post by WTR » Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:54 pm

I bought my Mom ( 86) some Federal Premium 110 gr low recoil loads in .38 spl.. She was comfortable with them. She shot box of 20. S & W 586 4" barrel. Wad cutter mild loads for practice

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Post by carlson1 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:07 pm

Keith B wrote:With the wife getting into shooting we are seeing that recoil is a big issue for her. I personally am not a fan of anything smaller than 9mm or .38 special. She has settled on a .38 snubbie, but the recoil is still a bit harsh.

Has anyone had any personal experience with Hornady's Critical Defense Lite or any other reduced recoil ammo? https://www.hornady.com/ammunition/hand ... fense-lite#!/
I am interested in this as well for my wife.
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Post by Grundy1133 » Sun Mar 11, 2018 10:22 pm

reduced recoil or muzzle flip? If its not the actual recoil thats the problem but the muzzle flip, it would be worth reading this maybe? http://www.guns.com/2015/04/06/10-ways- ... ke-a-boss/
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Post by RPBrown » Mon Mar 12, 2018 8:20 am

When my wife changed to .38, this is the ammo we got for her to use. She had changed to a .38 from a 9mm due to the arthritis in her hands with both recoil and racking the slide issues with the 9mm. The first group of .38 we used was standard loads. She admitted it was better than the 9 but still a bit much. Bought a box of the Hornady lites and she said it was much better. Now that is what she is equipped with.
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Post by oljames3 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:25 am

Percieved recoil force can be very subhejtive. My wife was carrying a Ruger LCR .38 with low recoil ammo. Now she carries a Walther PPS M2 (9mm) and prctices with it. For her, 9mm is much easier on her hands.
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Post by Keith B » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:20 pm

oljames3 wrote:Percieved recoil force can be very subhejtive. My wife was carrying a Ruger LCR .38 with low recoil ammo. Now she carries a Walther PPS M2 (9mm) and prctices with it. For her, 9mm is much easier on her hands.
Yes, I understand perceived recoil is different with every gun/ammo combination. Looking to reduce the recoil on the .38 Ultra-Lite, so interested in ammo that will do that in her gun.
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Post by oljames3 » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:35 pm

Keith B wrote:
oljames3 wrote:Percieved recoil force can be very subhejtive. My wife was carrying a Ruger LCR .38 with low recoil ammo. Now she carries a Walther PPS M2 (9mm) and prctices with it. For her, 9mm is much easier on her hands.
Yes, I understand perceived recoil is different with every gun/ammo combination. Looking to reduce the recoil on the .38 Ultra-Lite, so interested in ammo that will do that in her gun.
Our experience is that "low recoil" ammo was not the solution. It did not make a significant difference, to my wife, in felt recoil. She enjoys shooting my S&W M&P M2.0, 9mm, 5inch. She has tried several different pistols and revolvers. She found that the Walther PPS M2 was the easiest on her hands, fit her grip best. and was the easiest for her to manipulat the slide. Her Ruger LCR .38, with its Federal "low recoil"
ammunition, is now relegated to BUG status. I carry it more than she does. For us, for her, "low recoil" ammo was not the answer.

If you do succeed in finding the elusive magic bullet, I would be very interested in giving it a try.
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Post by Keith B » Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:39 pm

oljames3 wrote:
Keith B wrote:
oljames3 wrote:Percieved recoil force can be very subhejtive. My wife was carrying a Ruger LCR .38 with low recoil ammo. Now she carries a Walther PPS M2 (9mm) and prctices with it. For her, 9mm is much easier on her hands.
Yes, I understand perceived recoil is different with every gun/ammo combination. Looking to reduce the recoil on the .38 Ultra-Lite, so interested in ammo that will do that in her gun.
Our experience is that "low recoil" ammo was not the solution. It did not make a significant difference, to my wife, in felt recoil. She enjoys shooting my S&W M&P M2.0, 9mm, 5inch. She has tried several different pistols and revolvers. She found that the Walther PPS M2 was the easiest on her hands, fit her grip best. and was the easiest for her to manipulat the slide. Her Ruger LCR .38, with its Federal "low recoil"
ammunition, is now relegated to BUG status. I carry it more than she does. For us, for her, "low recoil" ammo was not the answer.

If you do succeed in finding the elusive magic bullet, I would be very interested in giving it a try.
Thanks for additional info. :tiphat:

Will let you know when we find the 'David Copperclad' magic bullet. :biggrinjester:
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Post by Chaparral » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:09 pm

Hornady .38 Sp Lite is nice-shooting in an air weight J-frame or LCR. Noticeably less recoil than standard Critical Defense.

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Post by Keith B » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:26 pm

Chaparral wrote:Hornady .38 Sp Lite is nice-shooting in an air weight J-frame or LCR. Noticeably less recoil than standard Critical Defense.
Thanks! :tiphat:
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