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 Post subject: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:29 pm 
I would prefer to use a 20 guage slug for deer but wonder if a 12 would be a better coice. Any opinions?




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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 12:35 pm 
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I used a 870 20ga. for deer and it did a good job. The 20.ga has less recoil adiquete knockdown power and better ballistics than the 12.ga. In my opinon the 20 would be better.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 5:55 pm 
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Hi,

I'm a big 12ga fan. I often tease my buddy about his 20ga "poodle-shooter". But here I got to agree with kildux, the 20ga is a great deer gun. the ballistics are better, less recoil, and the guns themselves are much handier in the stand or for still hunting.

Use your 20, you will not be sorry!

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 9:52 pm 
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I don't own a 20 ga but have hunted with those who do. If I had one I would definitely use it for deer.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 05, 2003 10:47 pm 
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I own an H&R Ultra Slug Hunter 12 gauge and if I had to do it over again I would, no question, get the 20 guage for the reasons stated above. The recoil with hot loads on the 12 is harder than most elephant guns (this is not a joke).

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 5:27 pm 
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As in most other situations, the 20ga will do just fine and is much more enjoyable to shoot. Gotta love the 20!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Thu Nov 06, 2003 6:45 pm 
I own a 12 ga and i would never use anything less for whitetail deer or any other deer. I have use a 20 ga for whitetail and had a shot a big buck buck but the 20 ga just could not kill it the knock down power of a 12 ga is way better then the 20 ga and i would never go back to the 20ga for deer. Yes the 12 ga is a little heavier and has a little more kick to it but I would rather have that and a big deer then nothing at all.[/img]


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 2:40 pm 
What are the "better ballistics"? I understand the ease of carrying in the field and less recoil but.... How much recoil do you feel when shooting a deer? Thanks for the explanation....


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Fri Nov 07, 2003 10:16 pm 
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You don't feel recoil when you're sighted in on a deer and pull the trigger!!! :D You only feel recoil when you're practicing!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2003 9:23 am 
I am still feeling the recoil of my 12 after shooting 30 slugs through it on Saturday! OUCH!!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Mon Nov 10, 2003 12:44 pm 
Actual recoil? I don't have any numbers in front of me, but if one could measure the recoil of a 12 gauge magnum of some kind, in foot-pounds of measured recoil, a twelve gauge is often comparrd to a .375 H&H magnum!

A twenty gauge has considerably less recoil, but is still often comparable to a .30/06 or .300 magnum in measured recoil, depending on what load is used. A 12 gauge one-ounce slug weighs 437 grains approximately, and goes anywhere from 1450 fps to nearly 2000 fps for slugs that still weigh 385 grains, this according to Remington. In a shotgun that almost never weighs any more than 8 1/2 pounds, a twelve gauge can be a handful. A .375 H&H usually shoots a 270-350 grain bullet at 2200-2700 fps from a rifle often approaching 9 pounds in weight. Am I saying a 12 gauge always kicks like a .375 H&H? Not always, but often it does.

As for a 20 gauge versus a 12 gauge slug? Just shoot whatever you have and is accurate, and you have confidence in.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:10 pm 
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I shoot the TC/Pro Hunter in 20 ga. I shoot Remington accutip slugs. And let me tell ya. It shoots!! I'm shooting a 1 3/4 " group at 150 yds and 2 1/2 at 200 yds. And have killed deer at that range. There is no way the 20 ga doesn't have enough knockdown power. That is an absolute total farse and should never be listened to. Just hit them where your supposed to and they will die. Shoot the 20!!!!!!


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:00 pm 
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killed a many a deer and wild hogs here in MS. with a 20ga slug


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2010 8:41 pm 
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Compare the 20 gauge with the 30/30 inside 100 yards shots they arent too far off for energy...30/30 has killed its share of deer


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Thu Jul 22, 2010 7:28 am 
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Seems like a lot of folks mention...recoil. If that`s a concern,then the 20 ga is the way to go.
I don`t own a 20 so I can`t evaluate it against the 12 but the 12 is just fine for me. No recoil problem here.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Sun Sep 26, 2010 4:02 pm 
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Hunter333 wrote:
What are the "better ballistics"? I understand the ease of carrying in the field and less recoil but.... How much recoil do you feel when shooting a deer? Thanks for the explanation....


The better ballistics refers to the the fact that the 20 gauge will shoot flatter ( less rise and drop of the slug) over a said distance than the 12 will.

Adding to the discussion above, if you are looking for a deer specific gun the newer, relatively speaking, rifled barrels and sabot style slugs in both 12 and 20 are really awesome compared to the smooth bore "punkin' chucker" foster type slugs. Tighter groups and somewhat farther effective range.

I have one of both and concur that the 20 is plenty adequate for putting deer down with authority.


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Sep 29, 2010 10:42 am 
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A properly place shot within effective range will kill any deer dead whether it's 12ga. or 20ga.. The 20ga. has more than enough power if you do your part.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 7:05 pm 
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using your bird hunting gun- a slug is a terrible thing coming out the barrel

look at the hunk of lead- shoot it at something
I reload 20 guage and have a nice slug load-

I've shot a couple deer, my sisters have used my gun, "pumpkin" slug out of a 20 does teriffic damage- you hit a deer in the chest with a 20 guage slug- it isn't going anywhere

I have a Beretta AL20 that has done nicely on whitetails- you really don't feel recoil- but to sight in and shoot 10 loads you might

I look at it as- just how big a hole do you want to put in an animal-
you could shoot a 10 guage with magnum loads of slugs- you don't hit a deer properly- no bullet/load is going to provide a good clean kill


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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 1:39 pm 
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definatly 12. bigger projectile more blood.

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 Post subject: Re: 20 ga vs 12 ga slugs for deer
PostPosted: Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:25 pm 
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I used a 20ga pump with a rifles slug barrel for the first time this year.It is lighter to carry on
deer drives.I was impressed with the 20ga on the 9 point buck I shot opening day of the
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