20ga vs 12ga
Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:56 AM
Anyway, she is talking 20 gauge these days but I'm thinking a 12ga with 2 3/4" shells can't kick that much more than a 20. I've never shot a 20 gauge so I don't know. What would you guys think?
A 12ga with a good recoil pad and 2 3/4" shells or a 20? She has shot my 12 at clays with target loads and it didn't phase her, but then she watches me pattern the 3 1/2" magnum turkey loads and it intimidates her. Heck, it intimidates me! :o Thank goodness for Limb Saver recoil pads!
Posted 18 April 2005 - 12:17 PM
Posted 18 April 2005 - 06:30 PM
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Posted 19 May 2005 - 03:21 PM
The same thing is true with shotguns. A 12 ga using light loads will not recoil as much as a 20 ga max load. Even with a 20 ga using the same amount of pellets as a 12 ga the 20 ga will recoil more than the 12 ga. Much of this has to do with the physical weight of the two guns. Also A 20 ga cannot shoot as heavy of a load of pellets as a 12 ga.
In my little mind the most versatile shotgun is the 12 ga. Most 12 ga 3 or 3 1/2 in guns will also shoot the 2 3/4 loads. Some semi auto 12 ga guns will not reliably function with the light 12 ga 2 3/4 loads. But then again a semi auto usually has the least recoil as some recoil power is used to cycle the action and they tend to be heavier in weight.
When I heard that Melody planned to hunt turkeys with her .410 it was a little alarming. Not that a 410 cannot kill a turkey but that the pellet count is considerable lower than either the 20 or 12 ga.
Relate to Melody that she does not have to hunt turkeys with a 3 or 3 1/2 mag 12 ga. many turkeys have been roasted as a result of the venerable 2 3/4 in shell, just let them get closer before she shoots. A 2 3/4 will reliably kill a turkey at 30 to 35 yds. I use a 3 in 12 ga and all but one turkey were killed well within the range of a 2 3/4 in shell.
RL has a very good point in getting the shotgun to fit her. A shotgun that fits the shooter seems to recoil less because of the fit.
Edited by PA RIDGE RUNNER, 19 May 2005 - 03:24 PM.
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Posted 19 May 2005 - 05:00 PM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 02:45 PM
I would personally insist that it is chambered for 3" mags even is she would never shoot them. As people become more aware of the shotgun and the way it moves when fired, they soon learn even a heavy charged shell can be tolerated. Beside, in the event she no longer wants to hunt, a 12 ga 3" magnum is easier to sell.
Posted 30 March 2006 - 03:53 PM
Posted 30 March 2006 - 05:24 PM
Hopefully, anyway... :rolleyes:
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