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Posted: 3/29/2006 3:50:51 AM EST
How good is a 20 gauge with buck or slug for self defense? How much does it kick in relation to a 12 gauge? I know the 12 is the king of the shotguns and rightly so but what would you consider the 20? Is it a 45 – 9mm topic? I know I don’t want to be shot with one but that does not make it a good choice for self defense.

How about hunting… Upland small game only? Rabbits, to Chucker? Or is it good for pheasant as well as peasants? I know they make buck and slug for it but is it like deer hunting with a 30-30 or 223? Marginal at best? It’s an 870 so it takes 3” mags. How much do they kick? What kind of knock down power do they have? Would you turkey hunt with a 20 gauge?

This will not be a gun for a woman or a child. So there is no reason to use a 20 because of low recoil. I just got a good deal on one a while back and it has been sitting in the safe collecting dust.

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Link Posted: 3/29/2006 4:56:06 AM EST
For home self defense - the 20 ga will work and not penetrate walls. same with 12 ga.

For hunting - both will work as well.

I hunt with a 12 gauge and chase all upland birds, waterfowl, coyote, pig, bobcat etc... no large game as i live in CA and there is no such thing as shooting lanes, tree stands or feed plots and i dont bow hunt so it is all rifle shots for large game.

You dont need buckshot to shoot birds or rabbits as matter of fact the only thing I use buck for on the above is coyote and bobcat while pig is all slug! Shot patterning is all you need to shoot and kill the above effectively. I usually shoot 12ga 2 3/4" # 6 or 7 shot and have no problems retreiving the game after wards. Take a piece of cardboard and shoot it at 10, 15, 20 ,30 yards etc... to see where your pellets are hitting.

I have also shot all the above with a 20 ga except pig.

Kick WILL NOT be determined by gun but rather shot type, size etc... My stevens single 20 gauge with light loads kicks harder than my 12 ga extrema 4 with hot loads. However when comparing rounds in same gun the kick is ony related to the shell.

For self defense the 20 would work with buckshot i would not use a slug because I like to fill the hallway when I need to!

Turkey stick with the 12 in 3".
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:01:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By kingpin_56:
For home self defense - the 20 ga will work and not penetrate walls. same with 12 ga.

Stop right here and go to the Box O' Truth site mentioned above.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:35:32 AM EST
I deer hunt every year with a 20 gauge. I use a rifled barrel and lightfield slugs. At 100 yards you still have over 1000 foot pounds of energy with a 7/8 ounce slug.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 5:36:20 AM EST
Not the best choice, but better than a 9mm.
Link Posted: 3/29/2006 6:22:00 AM EST
go here and read this thread.

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