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Old 10-14-2018, 06:42 PM
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For the 2018 - 2019 hunting season I am planning a camping / hunting trip deep in public hunting lands that is only accessible by boat. Firearms for the trip would be:
  • Beretta 92f
  • Marlin 336
  • Mossberg 500 12 gauge

For a few minutes I entertained the idea of buying a 20 gauge pump, probably in Remington 870. Why get a 20 gauge? Why not?

I have to be honest, I have several 12 gauge shotguns and not a single 20 gauge. As I get older the kick of the 12 gauge is less appealing.

Then again, why buy a 20 gauge when I have a 12?

Decisions decisions.
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What are you shooting? Doves or pheasant? Turkeys? I own only 20 gauges. I love to hunt with the guys shooting 12s. When they're done unloading on a bird, I drop it with my 20 gauge. Big don't help if ya can't shoot!
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If its recoil...
mossberg SA-20 semi auto or other will hands down kill recoil. The semi auto eats up recoil.

Hey go all the way to a 28 gauge.
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I like my over and under I think the 20 guage is perfect under a 30-30

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Nothing wrong with 20ga. We have an 870 in 20 and it's killed plenty of pheasant and doves. And a couple rabbits and a badger IIRC.
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If it weren't for the need to use steel shot on geese, i would have use for a 12 gage. I use 28 for everything except pheasants and use 20 on them. Pheasants and I go way back and I just have never adjusted to shooting them with anything except the 20. Hell my brother in law took down a black bear with a 222 over 20 gauge. He used 20 gauge slugs.
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I'd say gi for it and buy one. Model to model they have lesser recoil (a m500 12ga vs m500 20ga). Itnalso adds the versatility of a secondary round for smaller game too when a 12ga just seems like too much. Also comes in handy for the younger and smaller shooters and a better trainer firearm. If that doesnt seem like your forte, check in low recoil 12ga ammo instead
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When hunting dove I use a 20 gauge so as not to destroy the meat so bad.
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James Yeager recommended 20 gauge shotguns. He said if you can shoot a 12 gauge well you will be able to shoot a 20 gauge better.
My next one will be a 20 gauge
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If you aren't hunting geese and (maybe) longer range turkeys, there's no real need for a 12 gauge. Don't get me wrong, I'm not selling my half-dozen 12 gauge guns, but I've got an 870 Youth Express 18.75" VR that's been re-stocked with OEM laminated furniture and it does 95% of my shotgun work now. I have a rifled barrel for it that shoots Rem Copper Solids into 2" at 100m, so you could actually carry a second barrel and leave the .30-30 behind...
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The only reason I see to own a 12-ga. is as a longer range waterfowl or turkey gun using 3-inch magnum loads, or as a dedicated combat weapon for door breeching, etc. At age 70 my combat days are over and I want a lighter walking gun. A Remington 1100 Special Field 20-ga. with 3" chamber does it all for me, mostly with 2-3/4" , 1-oz. No.6s, but I keep a few boxes of 3" no.4s, #2 buck and slugs around.
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Shot my first deer w a 20 ga slug outta y dads western auto pump, he didn't hunt and i was a broke teenager.. it blew the heart out, that doe managed to run about 100 yds down an ozark mountain side. Almost killed me and my buddy draggin her back up
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I like the 20 ga more then a 12 ga for hunting, got a mossberg 500 in 20, killed everything you can in NC with it.
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Is there a price difference between 12 and 20 gauge ammo?
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Is there a price difference between 12 and 20 gauge ammo?
Yes there is
Usually 20 is about a dollar more here. For top shelf stuff

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Is there a price difference between 12 and 20 gauge ammo?
the WM federal 100rd boxes are priced the sameeven during the draught.
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I almost exclusively use 20 ga, the only thing 12 ga seem to harvest better are ducks & geese. As far as I can tell a 20 ga will kill a buck just as well as a 12 ga will.
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I made my first kill in a dove field with a 20 gauge. I no longer have one but there will always be a fondness for 20 gauge shotguns.
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I'm not a hunter so it might seem like a dumb question. Can't you just run lighter loads in the 12g? I have felt a large difference in kick between types of shells. Say like regular 2 3/4 #4 shot game loads and #4 shot 3 inch Turkey loads. Night and day in recoil.
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When the g'kids were young I purchased a Winchester 1500 simi auto 20ga for them to learn on. Concerned the recoil might still be a little sever I tried shooting it with one hand held down about waste height, I was surprised recoil was similar to a 22 rifle. As far as potency consider a chunk of lead .615" diameter @ 3/4 oz traveling 1500+fps, that's what you'll get from a 20ga slug, better than a 44 mag I think? Buck shot loads available just like 12ga but 3/4-7/8 oz instead of 1 1/8 to 1 1/5oz loads at similar velocities. Same for bird/squirrel loads.
LOL By the way, I still have that shotgun and haven't any thoughts to part with it. For anything except duck or turkey it's my now go to....much easier on an old shoulder!
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