Re: Planning to purchase higher end shotgun. 12 ga or 20 ga?
FWIW, are you are at all familure with or heard of a man by the name Dave Henderson ?, he is considered by his peers in the shooting sports and firearms industry as one of if not THE authority on Sabot as well as Foster type slugs and the specialized firearms that shoot them.
I see him almost every time I go to the IL deer and turkey classic. I asked him at the IL show in 2013 which is the better all around performing sabot slug, the 12 2.75/3" or 20ga 3". He replied with out doubt the 12ga, and that it is his sabot caliber of choice. He did say the 20ga is a fine deer killer, but the 20 simply doesn't have any advantages that would justify a person such as myself who owns several great 12ga specialized slug rifles to buy one in 20. He did say the 20 had one appreciable advantage of the 12 and that is it has far less recoil, so for those who are recoil shy, or for young hunters just starting out, the 20 is a excellent alternative.
Now this is simply one mans opinion, but it is the opinion of a man who has shot more slugs of every manufacture and has more experience with slugs and the companies who make them than likely anyone else alive today, so I would tend to have a great deal of respect for his opinion.
I personably feel that one could not go wrong with either, but as I hunt public land I really appreciate how my 12ga 99x out of 100 nocks a deer flat when I shoot them with my Partition Gold's. I mean of the all the deer I shot with them none failed to drop within sight, including my longest ever shot on a deer (a nice 8 pointer) of 205 yards.
Which ever you buy you should be well served, but if like me recoil is a nonissue, I would buy the 12 if you're going bolt action.