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by The Annoyed Man
Mon Sep 16, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: 20 ga slugs
Replies: 11
Views: 4392

Re: 20 ga slugs

mrvmax wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 4:22 pm
The Annoyed Man wrote:
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:47 pm
bbhack wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:55 pm
Anyone shoot 20 ga slugs with a smooth bore? Is there a difference between a smooth and rifled bore for 50 yard shooting? I don't own either one yet.
It sometimes pays to reread the OP!

Narcissist referred briefly to this, but the difference in recoil between 12 and 20 gauge is negligible. I’ve been told before that this is because 20 gauge is a higher pressure shell than a 12 gauge, so while 12 gauge recoil could be described as "stout", 20 gauge recoil could be described as "sharp". I have a 12 gauge O/U and my wife has a 20 gauge O/U that we use for skeet. Neither is what I would call unpleasant to shoot, but there is also not much difference between shooting the two.

Given that, you might want to consider a 12 gauge.....and maybe some "low recoil" am for it if someone else is going to use it.
And I read/viewed the opposite when looking for a slug gun. Multiple articles (or reviews and videos) I read stated that 12 gauge performance was not significantly more than 20 to warrant the extra recoil. Here are a couple but there are videos on YouTube and much more if you search Savage 212 vs 220.

https://www.chuckhawks.com/savage_slug_gun.htm

https://www.chuckhawks.com/savage_212_slug_gun.htm
That's a pretty convincing review in favor of the 20 gauge. My limited experience between the two gauges is with O/U's, shooting bird shot, and my only experience with shotgun slugs is with rifled slugs from smoothbore barrels—the recoil of which is within my tolerance.
by The Annoyed Man
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: 20 ga slugs
Replies: 11
Views: 4392

Re: 20 ga slugs

bbhack wrote:
Sun Sep 15, 2019 1:55 pm
Anyone shoot 20 ga slugs with a smooth bore? Is there a difference between a smooth and rifled bore for 50 yard shooting? I don't own either one yet.
It sometimes pays to reread the OP!

Narcissist referred briefly to this, but the difference in recoil between 12 and 20 gauge is negligible. I’ve been told before that this is because 20 gauge is a higher pressure shell than a 12 gauge, so while 12 gauge recoil could be described as "stout", 20 gauge recoil could be described as "sharp". I have a 12 gauge O/U and my wife has a 20 gauge O/U that we use for skeet. Neither is what I would call unpleasant to shoot, but there is also not much difference between shooting the two.

Given that, you might want to consider a 12 gauge.....and maybe some "low recoil" am for it if someone else is going to use it.
by The Annoyed Man
Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Rifles & Shotguns
Topic: 20 ga slugs
Replies: 11
Views: 4392

Re: 20 ga slugs

Not with a 20 gauge, but have shot 12 gauge slugs out to 50-60 yards with surprising accuracy, from an unrifled cylinder-bore Mossberg 590A1. There are YouTube videos of people hitting well out past 100-150 yards with 12 gauge slugs, with "minute of man" accuracy. I don’t see why a 20 gauge wouldn’t be as accurate....if a bit down on power from a 12 gauge.

Mind you, when I say "accurate", I’m talking about practical accuracy, not precision accuracy. I was shooting at a 2/3 scale IPSC steel silhouette target, and hitting it pretty consistently. If you hit someone in the thorax or abdomen with a 1-oz lead slug traveling well in excess of 1000 FPS, it’s going to be almost irrelevant whether you hit them in the upper right or lower left quadrant. I’ve never used a shotgun for hunting, other than during dove season, but I would imagine that a slug from a 12 or 20 gauge would pretty much anchor a deer or a hog as long as it hit anywhere in the vitals.

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