20 Ga vs 12 Ga

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Uptown_General_Roc, Mar 27, 2012.

  1. akers06

    akers06 New Member

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    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
     

  2. lbwar15

    lbwar15 New Member

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    A lot but mostly 12ga has more power
     
  3. Uptown_General_Roc

    Uptown_General_Roc New Member

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    That's what I was look N for
     
  4. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    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.
     
  5. Buckethead47

    Buckethead47 New Member

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    what are you needing to use your gun for?
     
  6. onenut58

    onenut58 New Member

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    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.
     
  7. Jeepergeo

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    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.
     
  8. c3shooter

    c3shooter Administrator Staff Member

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    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.