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 Post subject: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 11:59 am 
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So, I have been thinking about an O-U for awhile now. My first priority was finding a semi auto that fit me well and I did that when I bought a new A5 a couple weeks ago.

Now I am back to thinking about the O-U. I am pretty much set on a Browning but whether I decide on a cynergy or 725 will wait until I shoot both ( hoping for a 20 gauge 725 by the end of the year).

Back to the point of all this... Why would I want a 20 gauge instead of a 12? I haven't hunted with a 20 gauge in years, but is there much of a difference in actual field performance? I see a lot of online reviews of people saying how much they love pheasant hunting with a 20. I have shot trap with my 20 gauge wingmaster (don't hunt with it because I can't cycle a pump...) and done fine with it so I am not worried about that.

I will use the gun for everything but waterfowl where I will use my auto...

Will I regret buying a 20 gauge instead of a 12 for hunting?

Sorry for rambling.

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
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Depends on how much you plan on carrying it. A light 20 gauge is a pleasure in the field. Mark

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
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Why would I want a 20 gauge instead of a 12?


http://randywakeman.com/WouldntYouReall ... 0Gauge.htm is why.

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My all around favorite gauge. Maybe what you would call, the perfect shotgun...

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
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I think the 20 gauge is a great gauge and currently own 2. If I were going to purchase one I would give some serious consideration to some of the guns that Cole Gunsmithing will configure for you, they are field guns with 30" barrels, here would be an example:

http://www.colegun.com/collections/shot ... ser-rc0131

I too am anxiously awaiting the arrival of a 725 in 20 gauge, as that too is something that could be very special.

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
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Why a 20? Because you're too cheap to buy 28 Gauge ammo. :)

The real question should be "Why a 12?" OTOH I do use 12 for wild pheasant. So it really depends on what you're shooting, and what you're shooting at. I don't think I NEED a 12, even for that, but I bought a flat of ammo. However, I haven't bought a 12, or been tempted to, in a while. I have enough. 20 Gauges, it seems that, as an upland hunter, I can never have enough.

IMO you might also want to extend your search beyond Brownings, though the 20 Gauge Cynergy is certainly a good bird gun.

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My 20ga O/U is a real treat to shoot. It's light and hits hard...

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Man up. Get a 28 and learn to shoot ...no more spray and pray.

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I agree with Sera and BarryO, you should be considering a 28 gauge!

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sera wrote:
Man up. Get a 28 and learn to shoot ...no more spray and pray.

:lol: I like it!
Still shooting my .12 though

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
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Slugo wrote:
My all around favorite gauge. Maybe what you would call, the perfect shotgun...



i agree with Slugo, highly versatile is the 20. I love 20's.

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Wed May 08, 2013 10:41 pm 
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I have a 20 Cynergy Field. My main upland gun. I also shoot a CG 20 for sporting clays and skeet. I have a CG 12 sporting too but like the 20 better and don't notice a difference in my scores with the 20.

I am in your area so let me know if you want to shoot my Cynergy

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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 2:41 am 
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Irishwhistler wrote:
Slugo wrote:
My all around favorite gauge. Maybe what you would call, the perfect shotgun...



i agree with Slugo, highly versatile is the 20. I love 20's.

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I agree also and thats why I also would buy a 20 gauge.


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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 4:20 am 
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Or perhaps a 16.


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SS wrote:
Or perhaps a 16.


Most certainly.

Why a 20?

Because it's better for upland hunting where you will carry a lot and shoot a little. An extra pound may not seem like much in the gun store or at the range, but you surely will notice it at the end of 8 or 10 miles of walking.

Why a 20?

Because in a dove field where you don't carry much but shoot a good deal there are light factory loads that won't beat you up.

Why a 20?

Because it is not a 12.

Why a 20?

Because unlike some you are maybe just not good enough to do the job with a 28. Lord knows I'm not.

I think the real question should be......

Why not a 16?

A good 16 carrys like a 20 and hits like a 12.

Why not a 16?

There are light factory loads for the 16 that won't beat you up in a busy dove field.

Why not a 16?

There are factory loads that will bring down late season wild pheasants like Thor's own hammer.

Bring that 16 to the clays range one day. It's fun to see people :shock: when they realize you are shooting a 16.

Why not a 16? :D

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I think everyone needs a 12,16,20,28, and a 410 :D :D , and anything else that I failed to mention :D :D


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Cd, ya need a blackpowder 10 with hammers for the occasional round of skeet or clays! :lol:

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Why a 20!!!------It's the most versitile gauge going ----I agree with slugo and others most

definetly a 20!!!


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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 6:20 am 
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RandyWakeman wrote:
JSun wrote:
Why would I want a 20 gauge instead of a 12?


http://randywakeman.com/WouldntYouReall ... 0Gauge.htm is why.



Randy, well written!! I grew up with 12's and 16's and learned how versatile a 20 is on the skeet range. Now it's one of my favorite gauges, the 20 is sweet and a great bird gun.

So, it sounds like you have a 12,, go buy a nice 20!!


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 Post subject: Re: Why would I want a 20 gauge?
PostPosted: Thu May 09, 2013 7:45 am 
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2fewdaysafield wrote:
SS wrote:
Or perhaps a 16.


Most certainly.

Why a 20?

Because it's better for upland hunting where you will carry a lot and shoot a little. An extra pound may not seem like much in the gun store or at the range, but you surely will notice it at the end of 8 or 10 miles of walking.

Why a 20?

Because in a dove field where you don't carry much but shoot a good deal there are light factory loads that won't beat you up.

Why a 20?

Because it is not a 12.

Why a 20?

Because unlike some you are maybe just not good enough to do the job with a 28. Lord knows I'm not.

I think the real question should be......

Why not a 16?

A good 16 carrys like a 20 and hits like a 12.

Why not a 16?

There are light factory loads for the 16 that won't beat you up in a busy dove field.

Why not a 16?

There are factory loads that will bring down late season wild pheasants like Thor's own hammer.

Bring that 16 to the clays range one day. It's fun to see people :shock: when they realize you are shooting a 16.

Why not a 16? :D


My main concerns with a 16 all have to do with ammo. Options, pricing, availability. It sounds like an awesome gauge.

Olaf - I may take you up on your offer when I get closer to buying! I have never shot a Cynergy or a 725 but have handled both. It would be great to shoot before I buy!

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