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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 06-14-2017, 05:07 PM
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I like my 20's, dont do waterfowl and the 12's were an abusive club to me so I had no fondness. I have a sxs Spanish and an o/u Italian, each on the right size frame for a 20 and go about 6# loaded. Elegantly efficient, that.
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Weelp, I always said a Gentleman shoots a 20 gauge...

A SxS of course... but I must confess I own a 20 Ga. Model 12

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I shoot them all, lately it has been my dads 20ga. Model 37 feather lite.
I have the same shot gun in 12ga I plan on taking shoot.
The 16ga is a Model 12.


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As a kid I had a 16 gauge. I took a ton of small game. Now I have 12 and 20 gauges guns and do no better.
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A problem I found with 20 gauge pumps and semi's, is that they opening in the bottom of the receiver, where you have to shove your shells into the mag tube with your thumb, is much smaller than a 12 gauge, and my thumb gets jammed and stuck trying to do it. So, I have to turn my thumb sideways to shove them in. Highly highly annoying, particularly if you've shot a 12 gauge your whole life and are use to being able to shove those shells in really really fast. With a 12, you can actually do it with thin leather gloves on. With a 20 your glove would get stuck in the mechanics of the mag tube.


Anybody else have this problem? Again, so many disadvantages shooting a 20, except for a double.

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Two easy loading pumps that come to mind are the Mossberg 500 and Winchester Model 12. In the Mossberg the shell lifter is up out of the way when at rest and with a Model 12 you don't have to push the shell way up into the magazine tube because the next shell in the tube actually rides part way back on top of the lifter.

Yes, I've gotten a glove stuck a few times in guns with a lifter style like the Rem 870, which a lot of pumps and semi's have.
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I have three 870 20ga.'s, they work just fine for me...

I've had 12's in the past, they are long gone...

As I get older I prefer the smaller/lighter 20's...

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I have three 870 20ga.'s, they work just fine for me...

I've had 12's in the past, they are long gone...

As I get older I prefer the smaller/lighter 20's...

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I gave my last 12 to my SIL. A 16 is the biggest I will shoot and really I mostly shoot 410 for yard pests most of the time.

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Even when I shot 12's I realized 20's on 20 frame were lighter, and easier carrying all day. when I shot 12's, I shot 1 1/8th oz target loads and shot depended on what I might be hunting. I don't own a 12 anymore, my last one ended up at my son's somehow! he also got my last 20! These days I have two 16's, a 28 and a 410. I generally only use my 410 fooling with my dog's but, have carried it a time or two after quail. My go to gun is my 28 but then I;m not so sure how it would work on pheasant so if I were to target pheasant, I'd carry a 16. But I seldom target them anymore. Knee problems pretty much keep me away from chukars and huns a long way off from here. Forest grouse is what I hunt mostly anymore and the 28 is just right. On a 28ga frame it is light and handles very well. I can miss a grouse with it as easy as anything! Actually I've never been a big 20ga fan, don't know why and I've had a few but never fell in love with one! My 28 is everything I think a 20 should be and in a SxS it really does have a lot of snob appeal! :-) it' the 410 and one 16 are all AyA's.
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Took my Model 37 feather lite 12ga. and shot a round of clays yesterday. Partner said boy you shoot that 12ga well at the point I was still killing 75%.
Well ya I was using 1 1/8 oz loads and I have been shooting that 12 since way back in 1970 when I bought it new. It is a very old and dear friend to me.


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