One thing I have noticed about guns that seem to kick hard and ones that don't is that different stock profiles have a pronounced bearing on such things. The stock transmits the recoil from the receiver and different angles play apart in how it is delivered. The difference can be quite noteworthy. So many guns built in days long gone left the factory with varying stock dimensions. Today's production guns are fairly uniform. How the two Silverhawks fit may indeed be the culprit.
Another factor is severity of forcing cone angle and how "tight" a bore is. Some guns have minimal bore diameters and very sharp cones. My past experience is that the forcing cone plays the bigger role between the two. Lengthening cones has been a productive move for me. Overbore is another story.
I once bought a cheap O/U that had been bobbed back to 24". I back bored the top barrel to .745 to get what equates to SK2 choke; made my arms sore to turn that reamer for hours. I never noticed enough difference in recoil between top and bottom barrels to ever justify the procedure for that purpose alone.
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J.P. Sauer also made some serious Best Double Guns that can also be purchased for reasonable money. In fact I just picked up a 16 Gauge Grouse Gun over the last few months. Can't wait till Grouse season opens here in Pa to use her again.
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