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Old 07-31-2013, 10:32 PM   #1
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Default Effectiveness of 20 gauge

Been thinking about getting a youth model 20 gage of an 870 or 590 as an alternative to the standard 12 gage so that it's easier for the lady to handle.

Thoughts, feelings, reactions?

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Old 07-31-2013, 11:13 PM   #2
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The 20 will do just about anything the 12 will do within reason.
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Old 07-31-2013, 11:27 PM   #3
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CT is correct, I pheasant hunt with a 20.

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It depends on the lady. My mom is slight of build, pushing near 60, and has lived hard farm life all her life. She shoots a youth model 500 in 20 gauge and can handle it just fine.

Cinder likes her dad's 12 gauge 870 and wants a side by side 12 like mine.

Grandma is a scoundrel with her 12. Pretty funny watching her in high heels, long dress, and Sunday hat shooting squirrels off the bird feeder after church, with her little "handbag" hanging from the crook of her elbow, and griping because her little gloves won't let her get a good grip.

I didn't like to touch anything over .410 for years because of my shoulder, until I found the perfect fit in my old pawn shop double barrel.

Just like with handguns, it's best to let her test drive several and see what she likes.

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Obviously the 20 can not match the 12. Is the 20 enough gun? That depends but chances are that it will do the job fine. If you are after ducks or geese, I would say get a 12. Pheasants, quail, grouse etc. the 20 is great. The 20 ga guns are lighter and easier to handle(for many people). Less recoil. Ammo less bulky and lighter. I am happy with my 20.

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The defensive effectiveness of any firearm is the willingness to practice with it. If it is uncomfortable for someone to shoot, they aren't going to shoot it.

In the home defense distances a .20 ga. would be just as effective as a .12 gauge, if the target is hit..... There may be a little less mess to clean up as well.

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The 12 gage seems to be scary/bulky for most smaller framed women (obviously not all, but my lady would rather use the 357 mag). I'm mostly thinking about getting the youth model for home defense-sorry, should have specified that in the original question. I've seen some ballistic tests comparing 12 vs 20 gage, so I guess overall question is if a 20 would get the job done at your standard 7rds- it's looking like a yes

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The 12 gage seems to be scary/bulky for most smaller framed women (obviously not all, but my lady would rather use the 357 mag). I'm mostly thinking about getting the youth model for home defense-sorry, should have specified that in the original question. I've seen some ballistic tests comparing 12 vs 20 gage, so I guess overall question is if a 20 would get the job done at your standard 7rds- it's looking like a yes
it depends on the woman in question. if the woman is smaller framed, a youth sized shotgun might be a better choice. the better a firearm fits a person, the better they can usually shoot the firearm. the point is that LOP will be a factor in fitting that shotgun to the person.

my wife has no problem shooting our 12 ga. pumps, but hates my O/U shotgun!

IMO, if a 2o ga. youth shotgun fits her better, then it will do well for SD. take her shopping and see what fits her. even if she settles on a more adult sized 12 ga. then you can always try out some reduced recoil loads if recoil is and issue.
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If you choose to purchase a Mossberg buy a combo. You get the second barrel for $30 in a combo. If you buy the second barrel alone you will end up with $100 in the barrel. The barrels in the combo are the same quality barrels.

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You might want to look at the Mossberg SA20 while you are at it.

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