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Planning to purchase higher end shotgun. 12 ga or 20 ga?

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Unread 07-05-2013, 08:27 AM
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Re: Planning to purchase higher end shotgun. 12 ga or 20 ga?

I love my H&R Ultra Slug 20 gauge. As others have said, it is extremely accurate. I was worried at first about it being a single shot, but none of the 3 deer I've shot (distances 40-100 yards) have moved very far from where I've shot them so I've yet to need a 2nd shot. I've heard others with the same gun say theirs shot the SST really well, but mine hated them. Mine loved the 3" Accutips and I haven't looked back.

With that being said, I hunt every year with friends in VA that is shotgun only county and I keep saying I'm going to buy the Savage 220 for those moments where I may need a 2nd shot. Either way, you can't go wrong after mounting a scope on either one.

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Unread 10-25-2013, 10:24 PM
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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.
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