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Old 03-20-2008, 10:15 AM   #1
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WHo has used a 20 gauge slug on Deer? I have experience with 12 gauge buckshot and slugs but never entertained the 20 gauge slug. Am I missing out on something?
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Old 03-20-2008, 10:29 AM   #2
 
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Not really missing out, but they are just as effective within their range. One of the guys I hunt with in our january season, uses a Remington 1100 20ga, he says they kick less, but that hasn't been my experience. I used a mossberg 500 20ga for a couple of seasons, before I went to a purpose built slug gun. It worked just as well, as i said, within range.
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Old 03-20-2008, 12:28 PM   #3
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The 20ga. has less recoil, thus it is more accurate. The 20 will take a deer down just as quick as a 12.......I still use my 12 from time to time, but my H&R ULTRA DELEUXE in 20 is my main goto gun
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:36 PM   #4
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If I ever buy a new slug gun, I'm 95% sure I'm getting a 20ga benelli semi auto.

I think 12ga slugs are what like 300-350gr?

20ga are i dunno 200-275gr? either way if you ask me this is one huge bullet, that puts you in .375 caliber.....sure they're not going 2800fps, but theyre going 2000fps or 2100fps nowadays.

I think they're almost identical in bullet trajectory, 12ga may still have them,a nd sure more energy, but how much energy do you need/want? its funny to me guys still insist on a 12ga slug, kinda like saying I dunno 20ga slugs just seem kinda light, but then you go elk hunting with a .270 or .30-06 and think anyone with a 300 or 338mag is overkill, when youre shooting bullet weights in the .375H&H range....

I have no prob with a 12ga kick, or weight, but I like the idea of a 20ga, lighter bullets, lighter gun, maybe quieter? as if that matters.

I think they both kill deer just as well as the other, so saying you need more gun, isn't really a valid point IMO, so ya you get a lighter 20ga etc.....but again that doesnt affect me much either. Just my next pick would be a 20ga, also if you ever have a son or daughter that wants to deer hunt a 20 would definitely be nicer than a 12 for them, even dad it would be nicer for. Also I've yet to shoot at a deer with a slug over 100yds, so energy at 200yds does affect me and shooting a deer with a slug at 50yds, I wonder if the 20 would be even more effective than a 12 would be!
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Old 03-20-2008, 03:42 PM   #5
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Think of the 20ga, as a muzzleloader pushing out a 250gr. sabot bullet. If the smokepole can do it without a problem so can the 20ga
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I picked up a 20ga about a month ago for next year when my nephews come
hunting.Went out and shot it and was very impressed,I have no problems with the recoil from a 12ga,but the 20 has hardley any recoil a lot lighter and shoots
every bit as good out to 100yds.
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WHo has used a 20 gauge slug on Deer? I have experience with 12 gauge buckshot and slugs but never entertained the 20 gauge slug. Am I missing out on something?
IF you use a rifled barrel and shoot the "sabot" type bullet-slugs, for deer and black bear the 20-ga. is plenty! There is no longer a need for the 12, using this kind of big-bore "bullet" What the RIFLED 20-ga will shoot is at least as good as a standard .45/70 405-grain factory load.

IF you are talking about using a smooth-bore to shoot Foster type hollow-base "rifled" slugs, then IMO you still will find the 12 to be superior. In the 20-ga smooth-bore,Brenneke slugs are enough superior to the Foster type to justify the higher price, IF your gun will shoot them accurately!
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Old 03-21-2008, 03:35 PM   #8
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I do believe there's a 20 ga. 3-1/2" slug in the works and slug guns to fire it... I'm going to wait and see what that pans out to be...

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It seems fairly popular now days for people to buy 20ga slug. I myself have not and probably won't. I like the extra energy a 12Ga carries and the bigger hole is nice too. I guess if I worried about recoil, I might consider 20ga.
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It seems fairly popular now days for people to buy 20ga slug. I myself have not and probably won't. I like the extra energy a 12Ga carries and the bigger hole is nice too. I guess if I worried about recoil, I might consider 20ga.
haha, see what I wrote earlier? some guys just love that extra energy/bigger hole stuff.

IMO both are overkill on a deer. And nowadays both are popular, I thought I did read something on a 3.5" 20ga as well, but geez, I dunno. I shoot 2 3/4" 12ga, I think most of the newer high velocity slugs are 2.75" anyway. so a 3" 20ga I think is fine. but that would be interesting to see a 3.5" 20ga, then its kinda back to a 12ga isnt it? Kinda like the 3.5" isnt that like a 10ga? I wanted a 10ga til i looked at the tables and found that a 12ga basically beats anything a 10ga can do, esp in the 3.5" though cant you get a 3.5" 10ga?
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