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Discussion in 'General Firearms Forum' started by scccdoc, Feb 16, 2012.
20 gauge vs 12 gauge 870 pump for HD.Comments?.........DOC
They should both due the trick.
I think either would do the trick nicely, but I don't know how much HD ammo is available for the 20. Personally I switched to the 20 for slug hunting deer. A lot less recoil, faster follow up shots, and the deer really didn't seem to mind if I flattened him with a 12 or a 20.
Both would serve you just fine. Personally I'd go 12 gauge for the wider variety of ammo available to it. If you're worried about recoil just load it with reduced recoil ammo
Got a line on a new 20" 870,think I can get it for ~ $200.Will use 00 buck.............DOC
I'd buy it at that price. If given a choice I prefer 12 ga due to wider range of ammo types.tom.
Doc, I don't think they make 00 buck for a 20 unless it's a speciality ammo that someone makes for SD. But thousands of deer have been killed by 20's using the buckshot that is available so get what you can. It will work.
I'll buy ten rds of factory and have a friend load a box for kicks! DOC
There were some controversies over the lack of flexi-tab available for 20 gauge 870, but I don't think it's a real issue.
A lot more choices in ammo and accessories in 12ga. then 20ga.
What he said.
A 12 ga. loaded with Reduced Recoil rounds will have less recoil than a 20 gauge.
870 is as good a firearm as any, and $200 is a better deal than some.
Go for it.
I've had a 20 Ga. Mossberg cruiser for HD for about 15 years and with using #3 buckshot and BG's not going anywhere if he gets hit with that. It great because the wife can use it and not break her shoulder or knocked on her butt. 12 Ga's are nice but for all around HD I like the 20Ga.
When I first went looking for a HD shotgun I went to two different GS to find out what they recommended and both without a second thought handed me a 20Ga mossberg crusier with #3 buck. I thought for sure they'd try to sell me a more e expensive 12 Ga, but neither one did. I still buy my guns at both those GS because I like there honesty and the way they do business.
I would be fine with either, but I went with an 870 in 12 gauge.