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12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge shotgun

Old 11-08-2007, 02:45 PM
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Default 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge shotgun

This is my first season hunting w/ my son and husband. Quick question...
Is a 20 Gauge ok to hunt deer with? I can't quite handle the recoil on my 12 gauge. Some of the reading I've done indicates I probably won't have much luck with the 20 Gauge. Any thoughts on this??? Always appreciated!!
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:52 PM
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The 20 will be fine. You may not have the range but don't worry it will have plenty of range no matter what you are hunting(birds small game or deer).

Many of the guys on here have a bigger is better philosophy and think the 20 is a sissy gun. I hunt with a 12 but my first was a 20 and Ikeep it closestill.
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Old 11-08-2007, 02:53 PM
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Yep,

20 knocks them down no problem.

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Old 11-08-2007, 02:56 PM
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Default RE: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge shotgun

20 Will be good for just about everything. Guys do look at the 20 gauge as a sissy gun but i'd almost prefer my slug gun to be a 20 instead of a 12. Its not like the 20 gauge is a completely different firearm, its the same gun, just smaller shells.
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:19 PM
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20 will do the trick fine! best to stick with what you are more comftoble shooting! if your thinking bout the recoil before you ever fire you might be more apt to flinch and not hit the animal where you intended!
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Old 11-08-2007, 04:00 PM
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I doubt the deer will be able to tell the difference. 20 gauges work just fine.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:01 PM
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Default RE: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge shotgun

Shot placement is much more important than the difference between a 12 and 20. I use a Ultra Slug 20 gauge with Lightfields slugs that will shoot 1 hole groups at 50 yards. A 20 gauge hole thru the heart and lungs will do just as good a job as anything.
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Old 11-08-2007, 05:20 PM
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Absolutly. They both make big holes in the deer =P
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Default RE: 12 Gauge vs. 20 Gauge shotgun

I have both 12 & 20 like both but for some hunting I prefer the 20, but as far as Deer, go get them 20 will do good.
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Old 11-08-2007, 06:02 PM
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The 20 will be fine. You may not have the range but don't worry it will have plenty of range no matter what you are hunting(birds small game or deer).

Many of the guys on here have a bigger is better philosophy and think the 20 is a sissy gun. I hunt with a 12 but my first was a 20 and Ikeep it closestill.
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