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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Uptown_General_Roc, Mar 27, 2012.
What is the Difference?
The 20 gauge is quite a bit smaller than the 12 gauge what are you wanting to know about them I have 2 20s and 2 12s
A lot but mostly 12ga has more power
That's what I was look N for
12 ga is more versitile. Loads from 7/8 oz of shot (super light recoil) to 3 1/2" 2+ OZ of shot (heavy recoiling, hard hiting, long range). Lead shot, steel shot, HeviShot and a variety of other non toxic shot offerings.
The 20 gauge guns can be made lighter, but many are made on 12 gauge receivers and are just a heavy as a 12.
what are you needing to use your gun for?
Dont write off the 20 gauge as a foofoo though. They are still very powerful shot guns against a man and make very good home protection guns.
Here's an interesting to watch video on the subject: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnT723O5fZg"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnT723O5fZg[/ame]
All fun aside, the major difference in shotgun gauges is the ability to carry a payload. The 12 gauge can carry a larger payload than a 20 gauge (Smaller Gauge Number = Bigger Payload). Can is an important word here since you CAN buy light load 12 gauge shells that carry less payload than a heavier load 20 gauge. This article does a nice job of laying it out:http://randywakeman.com/ShotgunPowertheMyth.htm
In general, you'll have an easier time finding a wider variety of shells for a 12 gauge than a 20 gauge, but that does not mean you don't want both. For some shooting, the lighter payload typical of the 20 gauge is more appealing, less game damage, more challenge to busting clays, etc.
Same power, 20 g is smaller diameter, 12 is capable of a larger shot charge, which means a denser shot pattern. Buckshot sizes are also different, since two pellets of larger buckshot COULD be wedged side by side in the bore.