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Old 11-12-2010, 10:52 PM   #1
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What do you guys think about shooting 20 gauge ammo out of a 12 gauge using a shotgun adapter?
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Old 11-13-2010, 03:06 PM   #2
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Seem like a lot of unnecessary work unloading. I'd just buy a 20 if that's what I wanted to shoot.

Furthermore, there is a chance of getting the ammo mixed up while not using the adapter and that can cause a 12/20 burst, and that ain't pretty, mater of fact, it can be deadly. You should only carry the ammunition designed for the firearm you are shooting IMHO.

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Dont see the point unless recoil is a problem.

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First, NO!

We here at the FTF do not suggest using any ammo other that that which is recommend by the manufacturer.

And as a life long engineer, my response is:


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im not sure why you would want to. obviously you can with an adapter but i fail to see the point. if you cant handle your 12 trade it in for a 20.

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Well, this is a normal procedure in skeet--almost all top level shooters use smaller gauge adapters in their shotguns. I personally use 28 and .410 tubes (adapters) in my 20 gauge, and most use 3-gauge adapters in their 12 gauges. It is not only safe and common, it is required if you want to compete at the highest level. Briley makes a lot of money making "tube sets" for shotguns, as do a few other manufactueres. If you use them according to how they are designed they are as safe as shooting a gun in that gauge.

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Besides competition, there are very nice well made older DAMASCUS barrel 12 g shotguns that do well with 20 g inserts.

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An adapter or two for a SHTF situation would not be a terrible idea. If I use up all 12,000 rds of 12 gauge and need to off another zombie or two, why not.

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Besides competition, there are very nice well made older DAMASCUS barrel 12 g shotguns that do well with 20 g inserts.
Only if you use the long inserts that have a O ring on the end of them. Like the old .410 ones that Lyman use to make. If you just use a 'chamber only' insert the Damascus barrels still get the full pressure of smokeless powder burning. And that is not a good idea.
As far as the 20 ga. inserts shown, it looks like a gadget that a person could soon get tired of.
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