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Old 02-26-2012, 04:32 PM
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20 practical?

Alright guys I have been searching for information for this and just cannot find what I'm looking for , so here it goes. I am looking for a 1-500 yard truck gun for everything from rats to coyotes. I already have a .260 but with a heavy barrel and weighing in at 13 pounds its not so handy as a throw it up and shoot type. I have an ar lower waiting for an upper and Ive been very intrigued with the .204 ruger but I already have a ton of .223 components so thinking the 20 practical would be my natural choice. So here's my delima, I can't find any information on this round with a shorter barrel like 16 inch. I'm thinking a fluted stainless 16 inch barrel for this. I know ill loose some performance but it should still be way better than the .223 right? And cheaper which is another bonus. For coyotes it would prob be 300 yards max. Any thoughts or suggestions? I figure there's got to be some encore or contender guys with some experience with this round in a shorter barrel. But any experience/suggestions/comments welcome.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:04 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

Take a look at this info:

20 Caliber Cartridge Guide within AccurateShooter.com
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:25 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

I've read that one as well as a few on 6br and saubier but I can't find anything on the cartridge using a shorter barrel, everything seems to ne based off a 24 inch barrel. Again I'd like something that's handy as primarily a truck gun bit also as a calling rifle so I'm thinking 18 max on the barrel. I may just end up going to an encore to shorten everything up but I have and like the ar platform just not sure if this is the proper set up for it.
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Old 02-26-2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

These may be helpful as well.

Twenty Caliber Cartridge Guide

20 Practical

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Old 02-26-2012, 05:40 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

Just a question and another suggestion. Why do you want to go with a smaller caliber when you are going to be doing quick shots at coyotes and such?

I have attempted some quick shots on coyotes with a 220 swift and have hit them a little far back. Those yotes ran FOREVER. I knew that they were going to die but I never found them. I don't like to make any animal suffer after being shot even though I can't stand coyotes. I switched to a larger caliber (6.5 Grendel AR) and have never looked back. I use the Nosler 120 gr. BT and it works awesome. If I hit them a little far back, it doesn't matter. If I hit them in the hind legs, it doesn't even matter because that 120 gr BT breaks bones all the way through.

Not trying to sell you on the 6.5 Grendel even though it is an awesome Coyote cartridge. But I am trying to sell you on going with a heavier, harder hitting round.
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Old 02-26-2012, 06:33 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

I have witnessed the killing power of the .20 caliber first hand - My father-in-law shot a coyote with his .20 BR at 300 yards low in the hind leg and it died instantly, after we skinned it we found than it had blood shot clear into it's chest cavity - I believe the terminal shock that a 32- 36 gr .20 cal bullet traveling 4200-4500 fps is more than any coyote can take. This is something that the .224 bullet just does not do.

As for a larger caliber, I shoot a 6.8 SPC and it also is very effective on coyotes, but it costs alot more to shoot if you were starting from scatch. The .20 practical is just that, practical.....I say go for it!
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Old 02-26-2012, 08:26 PM
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Re: 20 practical?

Just depends on how many times he wants to change out the barrel. Any bullet going through a barrel at 4k and over is going to be doing a significant amount of barrel wear and tear in a short amount of time.
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