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Old 02-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #1
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Wondering if a Win 1300 20 gauge would be a good starter shotgun for my boys. Ages 7, 8, 10, 13, 15. Have heard that pump action might be more difficult than cowboy action. Want to use for home defense (me, hubby & 2 older boys) as well as shooting at the range, Skeet and trap perhaps. They all shoot a Rem 510 .22 fine, wanting to have them try something a little more advanced.

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Old 02-04-2012, 06:13 PM   #2
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Hmmm....
My first shotgun was a mossberg 500 12 gauge when I was ten. I was a big kid too, but that gun was pretty much too much gun for me. I've lately been thinking it could have something to do with my shoulder problems now.

I would not let the younger ones shoot it, but 20 gauge has much less recoil than a 12. I would let the kids, other than the youngest two, try it out if possible.

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Thanks trip. Am worried about recoil, it is a fairly light gun. Would rather get a 12 ga. if we can get one that can equal the recoil of a 20. Read that keeping a tight pattern at a longer distance is problematic for this gun. We definately do want to use it for clays. Cant change chokes? The three younger ones will not be shooting this fir a while. Maybe the 10 yr. old will try it this summer though. Mostly for us big kids.

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Browning semi auto 20's can be had for reasonable prices at pawn shops. I keep hearing they are some of the smoothest shooting guns built. I intend to get one someday.

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The recoil also depends on the load used. I can't tell the difference between shooting similar loads out of my 12 and 20.

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I started shooting a 20 at 14, I shot slugs first. let the older kids try it if they can handle the recoil good if not wait till they get bigger. Now I know toy say a 12ga. In the future, but look into getting a 12 and 20 if money permits. if you stick with an 870 or a 500, you could get a cheep but one of the most reliable shotguns ever built.

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Don't get me wrong, the Winchester 1300 is my all time favorite pump shotgun. The 20 ga is not much lighter than the 12. With the super light 1 oz or even 7/8 oz loads, a 12 ga recoils less than a 20.

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With a family that size it begs the question, do you have any left-handed shooters? If so a bottom-ejecting semi-auto, like Remington's CTi, might be your answer. I always recommend semi-auto's to those sensitive to recoil, since the cycling of the action will take some of the kick out of any gauge.

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No left handers. 20 vs. 12... more versatile?

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No left handers. 20 vs. 12... more versatile?

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You'll be able to find a much larger variety of loads with the 12 gauge.
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