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I have a shoulder problem that limits my ability to shoot a 12 gauge. I want to hunt turkey and deer with a 20 gauge but would like to make sure this gun is powerful enough for these hunting needs. I have been looking at the Remington 870 as my choice.

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The difference between 12 gauge and 20 gauge rifled slug barrels and sabot slugs is much like the difference between .45 and .54 caliber muzzleloaders. Both have plenty to get the job done.

Now a 20 gauge magnum deer load is going to kick like the dickens. So will a magnum 20 gauge Hevi-Shot turkey load (#5 shot is my personal preference from Full choke)

A great recoil system like Limbsaver and a lighter loads are the only ways I know to reduce felt recoil. So be careful when choosing your loads. Get the maximum you can stand. I'd also buy the synthetic 870 as it can be ordered with the Remington R3 (Limbsaver) recoil system.
 

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Maybe you should consider the Nova Pump in 20Ga. You can get a recoil reducer for it, and you can easily remove it when you want to go for upland birds to save weight.

Lighter loads will help as well.
 

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On second thought here is what I'd get.

The Remington 11-87 in synthetic with the R3 recoil pad.

Between the gas operation in the semi and the limbsaver recoil pad, availability of parts and accessories, I think this would be your huckleberry.
 
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I have a browning 20 ***** gold hunter it is the one of the best guns I have ever seen for reliability and has less kick than any of the other guns I have shot....have a good one ..Brian
 

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Sure, a 20 with a magnum anything (slug, hevishot, steel) will recoil quite a bit. However, just how many turkeys and deer were you planning on taking in a single day?

LOL, it's not like 12ga will be any better. Bigger gun, more weight - less recoil. However, load it up with a big slug or hevishot load (they're all loaded hot as far as I know) - increased recoil. Back to the drawing board?
 
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Try a muzzleloader. They have almost no kick. Some knight models can shoot acurate to 200yards. No good for turkey. Great for dear.
 

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Remember if you go with a gas-gun that you will:

1. Be cleaning a gas system - no way around this.
2. Be stuck buying the more expensive shells - or reloading. This isn't all bad, but it's something to remember. Sometimes an 11-87 will cycle trash-ammo all day. Other times it'll have problems within the first box. Depends on temperature, the ammo itself and how clean the gun is in the first place.
 
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IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A 20 GA WITH LITTLE KICK , MY CHOICE WOULD BE THE 1100 , NOT MUCH KICK WITH SLUGS, AND USE A LIGHTER LOAD FOR TURKEYS-MAYBE 1OZ .WAIT FOR THE TURKEY TO BE IN GOOD RANGE --- 30 YARDS OR UNDER . I LIKE BIGGER SHOT, REMEMBER WHATEVER SMALL SHOT WILL DO AT ANY RANGE, BIG SHOT WILL DO BETTER. SHOOT FOR THE BASE OF THE NECK AND THE BIGGEST TOM WILL GO DOWN CLEAN!------GOOD LUCK
WILD TURKEY JASHUA 24:15
 

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I shoot a 20 ga. Mossberg 500 for deer. It has a fully rifled barrel. I love it. Shooting Remingtons Sabot Partition slugs it is more accurate and seems to shoot more like a rifle than the 12ga. The 870 is a great gun. I would recommend a rifled barrel and shooting sabot slugs. As for turkey. You can kill a turkey with a 20 ga. I never have. I like to take my bow out for turkey. This year I bought a Franchi 912 for turkey though. So yeah. Get the 870 but make sure you pay the extra money to get the combo with the rifled barrel. Then in the spring change the barrel, put in the X-full choke and shoot Hevi-Shot 3" #5's and good luck.
 

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My Beretta Teknys lets you know it if you're shooting anything more than about 3/4oz at anything higher than 1150fps.

So, gas-gun or nay recoil's here to stay.
 
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in my esperiance the 20ga slug gun has slightly more range than a 12ga if you find the 3inch magnum loads and have a fully rifled barrel bout 175yards is max ive seen people take um at but 150 i personaly cna consistantly put um in good groups at that im comfortable dropping a deer at
 
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