Shotgun gauges?

Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Keginth28, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. Keginth28

    Keginth28 New Member

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    I'm going to buy my first shotgun but not sure want gauge I should get its for home protection and for outdoors assault.
     
  2. fireguy

    fireguy New Member

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    Most get a 12. A 20 is perfectly capable of doing the job for home protection. I have a 12 as a dedicated defense gun. My wife's 20 ga. 870 express youth model is the back up. I have slugs and buckshot for both of them. If you are small in size a 20 makes particularly good sense. A lot less recoil and weight of the gun and ammo to contend with.

    Oh, I forgot to ask, what are you going to assault?
     
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  3. Keginth28

    Keginth28 New Member

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    Lol I'm 210 6'1 and I'm mean if I want to get hunting and/or long range firing
     
  4. Virginian

    Virginian Active Member

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    Be careful. Most places assault is against the law.
     
  5. Keginth28

    Keginth28 New Member

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    Yea I'm not a crazy person haha just want to be ready for anything
     
  6. Josh1158

    Josh1158 New Member

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    What wrong with being crazy :D
     
  7. Keginth28

    Keginth28 New Member

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    Not a thing haha
     
  8. Buckethead47

    Buckethead47 New Member

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    For deer a 20 will do just fine. Can get the lower flying sucks and geese too. A 12 to me is a little over kill on a deer. Does awesome for turkey, and if you get one that accepts 3.5 you can hit birds flying high. 12. Ga to me is more versatile than a 20. if you stray away from the two gauges. Shells start getting pricey. I.e. 410, 16, 10.
     
  9. vincent

    vincent New Member

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    Yeah, I hate those lower flying sucks!!! :D
     
  10. akers06

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    12 gauge definatly isn't over kill on deer I killed a for this year that I shot 4 times all being good shots behind the front shoulder with a 12 gauge before she finally went down
     
  11. jmeekhof

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    Agreed. 3 good shots is what it took for me. Direct heart shot with a sabot it still ran 75 yds and needed 2 finish shots to be humane.
     
  12. HockaLouis

    HockaLouis New Member

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    Wow.
    Anyway, 12 ga. unless you NEED a 20 ga. (for lighter guns, loads and recoil). A 20 ga. slug will work in North America too...
     
  13. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i would go with a 12ga suggestion. suggestions on shot gun would be a Remington M870 pump, or a Mossberg M500 pump. you could customize them to suit your needs and buy extra barrels to suit whatever need you have, such as several barrels to suit different needs with one shotgun and different ammo.
     
  14. lagagewright

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    I have a rem 870 express 12ga and so dose a buddy of mine we shoot skeet on Sunday's from time to time. He has never cleaned his it's covered in rust he keeps it in his tool box on his truck. I have never seen it jam or anything. And from my under standing the 12ga 870 is what most military and police use as well.
     
  15. lagagewright

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    Not trying to insult you but did you use bird shot. Last deer I shot with my 870 12ga was dead before it hit the ground. One shot one kill dint even move just fell. But I agree it was not over kill. No extremely large hole or anything. But for home defiance there is nothing better I would grab it before my Ar.
     
  16. Buckethead47

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    The reason why I said over kill. Is because out in the woods where the deer are you will be lucky to get a clear 75 yard or longer shot. My old 20 at 50 yards left an entry and exit wound, then imbedded into the tree behind it. he actully jumped and room about 10 strides then fell right in front of my stand. Dead within seconds. I hit his lungs and ruptured his heart. A perfect shot. The 12 just isn't needed unless you want 100+ yards. But like I said where in the wood will you get that shot?
     
  17. Keginth28

    Keginth28 New Member

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    Thanks guys but I want something I can use for all reasons imageable. So I'm diff getting a 12 g and I'm might get the police or military issue. Still looking for was brand I want.
     
  18. lagagewright

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    The rem 870 is what most military and police use. I know a lot of people in the Marin's and army and police officers some who are on swat and they all swear by the 870
     
  19. lagagewright

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    Just thank about this some of the people say a 12 ga is over kill. But I say there is no such thang as over kill when protecting your self your home and your family so 12ga all the way for me.