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Posted: 2/23/2006 2:27:58 PM EST
[Last Edit: 2/23/2006 2:38:46 PM EST by UZI4you]
I have been toying with the idead of buying a 20 gauge again....but this time a semi auto for bird hunting and trap and I was wondering what kind of 20s you guys like.

My Dad just bought a used, but in really nice shape Beretta 303 upland 20 with a english stock and has made some really nice shots with it bird hunting.

I am thinking about a Benelli M1 20. Would be nice to find a Benelli M1 20 gauge 4 shot tube for it too. But I hear those are hard to find now.

So lets hear from the 20 fans. What is your favorite 20 gauge and what hunting load do you use.


Link Posted: 2/23/2006 2:33:45 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 5:49:58 PM EST
I shoot sporting clays, upland birds, even jump shoot ducks with either my Model 12 Winchester or my Beretta 390 both in 20 ga. I love shooting a main event clays tournament with a fixed choke 20 ga pump. It really messes with some folks.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 5:55:10 PM EST
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:33:36 PM EST
I've got a Winchester Ranger Compact 20gauge that I adore. Works well on squirrel out to 75 yards using Remington Game Loads, 7/8oz #7 1/2 or #6 shot.

I've also got 4 NEF single shots (actually 6), 28" full choke 12ga, 28" modified choke 12ga, 26" full choke 20ga, and a 26" modified choke 20ga. The 12ga mod and 20ga full are new to me and I haven't concluded my testing yet. The 12ga full and 20ga mod have been shot alot, and have taken quite a few critters. The 20ga gun has taken squirrel at 75 yards with Remington Game loads with 7/8oz of #7 1/2 and #6. It has also taken several feral cats and english sparrows.

The reason I mention the 12ga guns is because I use them with gauge reducers and 20ga shells with great success. The 12ga w/full choke has been my favorite with the above mentioned shells and more so with the Remington Heavy Game or Heavy Dove loads that have a full ounce of #7 1/2 shot. Just for fun, I pattern tested that gun against itself with 12ga and 20ga shells with a 1oz payload of the same size shot. The pattern was the same, which I guess isn't a huge surprise, but of course, I'll take the recoil of a 20ga any day over that of a 12ga if the choice is given.

The 20gauge Heavy Game loads have proven themselves with the 12ga gun. I've been dealing with a major feral cat problem for 6 months. That gun/ammo combination using #7 1/2 birdshot has dropped 15lb tomcats at 25yards through very heavy brush.

There is no doubt that the 20gauge will get the job done. As far as make/model, have you looked into the Remington 1100's? Last year there was a Walmart special-type gun that I wanted to get but didn't. It was a 20-22" barreled youth model, vent rib barrel, screw-in chokes I think, and took 2 3/4" or 3" shells. This year that model was replaced with an 11-87 youth turkey gun. Too bad.
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:41:29 PM EST
I use an old Savage pump that works fine.

Practice your stealth, these little guys will look at the brush and wonder "Wasn't that further away a minute ago?" get with in 50 ft and fire away.

Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:47:33 PM EST
Is that a ground hog or prairie dog? I've seen a few critters toes up, but I usually saw them upright first
Link Posted: 2/23/2006 6:49:54 PM EST

Originally Posted By 2guntom:
Is that a ground hog or prairie dog? I've seen a few critters toes up, but I usually saw them upright first

Link Posted: 2/24/2006 6:53:06 AM EST
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