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Mar 16, 2021 · A reduced recoil load in a 12-gauge semi-auto shotgun feels more akin to a semi-auto rifle than a shotgun. If recoil is a big concern, then a semi-auto shotgun is what you want. Conclusion. Besides the basic operation, choosing between a semi-auto shotgun and a pump-action really comes down to price, recoil, and ease of use/maintenance.