20 gauge

Discussion in 'Guns & Ammo' started by plumbob, Feb 11, 2018.

  1. plumbob

    plumbob Member

    Nov 7, 2005
    Dixon, MO
    Due to operating equipment and other military stuff for 20 years, doc said my neck is way jacked up. Started getting injections last week, doc said i may not be able to take the recoil of a 12 gauge anymore.

    I already have went to a 20 gauge slug gun a few years ago, but I may need to replace my 835 for a 20. I predator hunt and turkey hunt here on Fort Wood, so shotgun is my gun of choice.

    I have been reading that the 20 gauge turkey loads have really gotten better, I have never been one of those 40-50 yard turkey shooters.

    Thinking a autoloader might be best, help the recoil a little more.

    Sucks that I have to go this route, especially since I don't have any private land to hunt with the 223.

    So if any of y'all see any good 20 gauges for sale, let me know
  2. MOGC

    MOGC Well-Known Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    SE Ozark's
    Sorry to hear that. Predator loads for the twenty aren't nearly as well developed as for the 12 gauge. The newest turkey loads for the twenty can make it an honest 40 yard gun no problem. I'd look really hard for a Benelli M2 20 gauge. That scaled down little Benelli is a lightweight sweet handling murder gun. :)

  3. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Many of my first Turkeys were killed with Mossberg 20Ga. Poly Choke, High Brass 2 3/4 #6 shot.

    I have a 20Ga. Full Choke I put a Scope on for Slugs going to use it Turkey hunting but going with 3 inch #6 Shot.


    :D The Big Grin don't like Guns, too loud!
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  4. Hooks

    Hooks Well-Known Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Down the bayou
    No fears at all about the 20 with the right combination being deadly on turkeys. If you can get some TSS #9 You will be amazed. If not, some Heavyshot #7 would be the next choice.
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  5. Bob58

    Bob58 Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    I have been happily killing turkeys for several years with a Remington 870 youth model 20ga. and Winchester 3" #4 either XX magnum or Supreme loads I suspect the 1100 or 1187 20Ga. would work as well.
  6. plumbob

    plumbob Member

    Nov 7, 2005
    Dixon, MO
    Nice price tag on those Gary!!! Very nice though.

    I'm going to keep my a look out for a nice 20 gauge, see what the doc says and go from there. I might have to do some fine tuning for predator loads, but looks like I am good to go for turkeys if I have to go that route. Thanks
  7. oneshot 1

    oneshot 1 Well-Known Member

    Jun 11, 2003
    Me being cheap went to Pawn Shop got an Old Stevens Pump, mounted a Good Vortex Scope on it. Figure it is Good for Deer or Turkeys.


    :D the Big Grin likes Bows.
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  8. Mule

    Mule Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2003
    Franklin County, MO
    3" shells in a light 20 might thump harder than you can stand.
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  9. tcwild

    tcwild Junior Member

    Oct 16, 2013
    Saw where Rogers is carrying TSS now.
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  10. Ringer

    Ringer Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2011
    Mid MO
    My sons youth mossberg 500 20 gauge will shoot right with my mossberg 835 12 gauge out to 30 yards or so. As far as recoil goes, dont let the little 20 gun fool ya it still packs to punch.
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  11. Vector

    Vector VECtor Custom Calls

    Feb 11, 2003
    N/C MO
    I would agree with getting an auto loader 20. It will take a bunch of the kick away. Better to over-do it with a light hitter than cause yourself issues.

    Beretta, Benelli, Franchi and the likes.

    Hevi 13 #7’s out of a 20 pop is something!
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  12. Mule

    Mule Well-Known Member

    Sep 27, 2003
    Franklin County, MO
    Any friends that load shot shells?

    Someone might be able to fix you up with some 11/8, 1, or even 7/8 oz loads for the 12 gauge.
  13. trapperBR549

    trapperBR549 Well-Known Member

    May 17, 2007
    Go with mule's suggestion or better yet learn to roll your own. A 20ga doesn't necessarily kick less than a 12. I've loaded a lot of 3/4oz 12 target loads that are more like a factory 28ga load.
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  14. nastyjack63

    nastyjack63 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2006
    osage county
    The right 12 gauge and shell combo can reduce recoil substancialy as well. I have a pair of Browning 2000's that are as soft recoiling as any 20 gauge I have ever shot.
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  15. ducksNbucks

    ducksNbucks Senior Member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Lathrop, MO
    Same with my browning maxus. A gas op semi auto 12 should work well
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  16. mrmurph

    mrmurph Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    NW Missouri
    I vote for the 20 gauge. Get an auto loader if it’s in your budget and don’t look back. I have an 835 that never leaves the house. It’s 20’s or .410’s for turkeys in our house.
  17. 421sd

    421sd Part-time malcontent

    Dec 23, 2012
    Ozarks Plateau

    Hey, somebody had to say it.

    Seriously, I too, have killed a lot of turkeys with a 20. 3" Magnum #6 works pretty good at reasonable distances.
  18. mrmurph

    mrmurph Well-Known Member

    Aug 15, 2005
    NW Missouri
    We run Heavy shot in our 20’s and have great luck. I roll my own TSS[​IMG] for the .410 and have had great success with it as well.
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  19. MOBEN

    MOBEN Member

    Jan 9, 2008
    arbela MO
    WINCHESTER Longbeard shells are now available in 20 guage. Bought two boxes in #5s for a little over 10 dollars each at Dicks yesterday.