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I've got a single shot NEF in 20ga.
Got a few 12ga.
12ga is just to common to abandon unless you have a recoil sensitivity.
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likes been said, upland bird. pheasant, quail, dove, perfect. had a 870 for years, have since added a Franchi auto to the mix....
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Guess I'm the only different one.

I don't see a reason for a 20.

I consolidated all my other gauges and only have 12s now. Never had a problem ruining meat or wishing I had a 20 since I made the switch years ago.

The only downside is the ammo and gun are heavier but even on really long upland hunts, I've never had an issue.
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A .30-30 rifle may not be the best rifle and a 20 gauge may not be the best shotgun but I sure would like to have an over/under .30-30/20 gauge.
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A .30-30 rifle may not be the best rifle and a 20 gauge may not be the best shotgun but I sure would like to have an over/under .30-30/20 gauge.
I sure do like mine. Same sights for both barrels
Just thumb cock the hammer and the selector is right there on the hammer. Makes everything simple fast and handy

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I have a H & R pardner 20 gauge for almost 40 years and it is still as reliable has the day I got it for Christmas.
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Start shopping gun broker. I paid less then 400 for mine. I was originally looking for a 357/20 but they were WAY out of my price range. So hence I ended up with a wonderful savage model 24 30-30/20
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I keep a H&R 20 gauge with #4 buck and/or slugs at home for security.

Its well balanced and easy to shoot. Wife can handle the recoil if needed.
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Except for longer distances, the 20 gauge is damn near equivalent to a 12 gauge. I highly recommend to buy at least one.
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Winchester 1200 in 20ga is a well-built, light weight hunting favorite of mine.
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A 20 ga. side-by-side is a nice, maybe perfect, grouse gun.
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Sure it has a place, but in my arsenal it will have to wait awhile until I fill in a few other priorities.
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Guess I'm the only different one.

I don't see a reason for a 20.

I consolidated all my other gauges and only have 12s now. Never had a problem ruining meat or wishing I had a 20 since I made the switch years ago.

The only downside is the ammo and gun are heavier but even on really long upland hunts, I've never had an issue.
No not really. I'm a 12ga. fan also.

There's a whole range of ammo out there for 12ga. Low brass to full Max if recoil is an issue there are reduced recoil options.

Unless of course you want an excuse to get a new gun.
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OP - just get reduced recoil 12 gauge. Problem solved.

To the question, yes, the 20 ga has a role and I have 1 or 2 around. Mainly just in case I come into a great deal in 20 ga ammo; which is exactly what happened last summer. I got a small cache of nearly free shotgun ammo mix of 12 and 20 ga. for helping a friend with an estate sale.

The 12 benefits in ammo selection, price, and availability.
The 20 is fantastic, but don't expect a massive reduction in kick. It's a lighter and smaller gun, usually. So practically speaking apples to apples the perceived recoil will be similar IMO.
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I think the biggest advantage is one that seems to have been missed here, 20ga doesnt tear up the game like the 12ga does, even with lighter loads.

I used to hunt dove and other small game with a buddy who used a 12ga Beretta O/U, and even using "dove loads", he used to literally "smoke" the birds with it. More often than not, it was a big puff of feathers and looked like a clay bird getting smoked. My 20ga SKB dropped them just as dead, but in one piece, and rarely tore them up.

The other advantage to the 20's is, the guns are usually a little smaller and lighter, which makes them much nicer to carry all day and handling is generally easier. Things like Ithaca M37 "Featherlights" and the SKB O/U's are true joys to carry and shoot, and fast to shoulder and shoot with as well.

Another advantage to shooting the smaller gages is, they actually tend to make you a better shooter, as they tend to require more from you as a shooter.

I shoot sporting clays with mine pretty regularly, and theres no doubt, Im not reaching out there like some guys with the 12ga's do. Im not that kind of shotgun shooter either.

But up close, and especially with the fast doubles, I hit them just as well and quicker. But that "quicker" is more out of need than anything else.

Ive shot the same course with an Auto 5 and 1100, both 12ga's, and normally dont do near as well. In comparison to the smaller, lighter 20's, its kind of like trying to reactively snap shoot a BAR against an M1 Carbine.

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20 gauge is great for a kid or lady, I shoot a lot of trap and sc see 20's all the time they will do the same job as a 12 on the trap field.

When I dove hunted a lot I started with a 20 thinking it wouldn't destroy the meat as bad but it will do just as much damage as a 12 gauge.

I will say felt recoil is less, and cheaper to shoot, lighter to carry around all day, most 20's have shorter barrels so they swing faster in the woods.

I have since sold all my 20 gauge stuff and only shoot 12 gauge for the most part but now I kinda got the urge for a 20 gauge over under for some reason. Buy it shoot it, someone will buy it if it doesn't work out
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Nobody has mentioned the all but forgotten 16 ga. As a kid I hunted small game with my father's 16ga semi-auto Remington.
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Only 20 ga here.
I reload so we have ammo configurations not commercially available.
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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.
JMO - 20 gauge shotguns will always have a place and it's always handy to have at least one. Less recoil is attractive as I approach my middle 60's, and I am shooting sporting clays only with a 20 gauge O/U due to the reduced recoil. I'll still use a 12 for ducks and deer when I hunt deer using dogs, because that's what I grew up doing. I have used a 28 gauge O/U I acquired to hunt quail and rabbits, and it works (for me) as well as any 20 gauge I own.

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I was talking to an NRA instructor, he likes the 20 over the 12 for home defense, as it is not as loud indoors. When I run 12 gauge slugs through the Shockwave at the range... everyone turns around and looks. Sounds like a cannon going off.
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