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Old 08-02-2018, 04:26 AM
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So when fielding a scattergun, what's your favorite gauge and why?

For me it's 20 because it has enough pattern to be effective on small birds and pheasant as well as rabbit and squirrel while having shells small enough to comfortably carry a box of shells in your front pockets while ammo is readily available and fairly cheap. A 20 doesn't kick as much as a 12 and is just plain fun to shoot in a much trimmer package than a 12.

12s would be my second choice for versatility. While the 12 is the most popular and versatile gauge, it's just not my favorite. rc
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:10 AM
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For, depends on what I'm carrying a shotgun for . . .

. . . if its for bird hunting (pass shooting mourning dove or chasing bobwhite / blue quail), the 20 gauge pump is a good choice. Plenty strong enough for that. I don't use a shotgun for cottontails.

If its for carrying while woodsroaming, a .410 single shot is light and handy, ready for use on poisonous Mr. No Shoulders (rattlesnake) which hardly ever shows up in the 1st place anyway. A real joy to carry, those single shot .410s.

For nighttime camp security, the 20 or 12 gauge because of the cartridge loads - more versatile than the 20, though many 20s are lighter and handier.

But pick one ? Probably the 12 if feet were held to fire. Mainly for versatility reasons.
Good question - thanks for asking.
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Old 08-02-2018, 06:46 AM
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I was never a shotgunner because in my youth Dad and G-Pa handed me a 12 to ‘try’ and we all got a big kick out of the result.....vicious beasts those 12s.
A few 410s were tried well later and I came to agree with whomever said as they are typical with a full choke they are more an ‘experts gun’ due to that limited spread.
It wasnt until about 10years ago (at about 55) I tried a 20 and got two rather quickly, a Spanish sxs and an Italian o/u, both upland guns that are on the smaller frame and go UNDER 6# loaded in the field. What delightful guns! I didnt know which platform I would take to so I bought one of each; jury is still out, both fit me well it seems.
Well, I guess I have 3....forgot I inherited a Win. 20 long barreled pump last year that is a nothin’ special working gun model that would do the rest of whatever work I would need to put a shotgun to.
I tend to agree that we Americans are prone to over-gun, 12ga. loads do not have to be as heavy as they are for most work, imo.
P.S.: I also have an old, light, H&R 12ga. Buck barreled smoothbore slug (talk about KICK) gun c/w sights. I dont really consider it a ‘shotgun’, though when I patterned it I got good upland patterns out of the short cylinder bore. Ive never put the bird barrel back on....nor have I used it for hunting for probably 25 years now.....I think other than yard varmints my hunting afield days are over.

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Old 08-02-2018, 07:02 AM
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28 ga, the only one I have is a Darne, a French made sxs with a sliding breech. It's so trim and light it's a delight to carry. After that a 20, I just restored a Remington 1100 LT20, one of the small receiver models someone had traded to my sister. I also have a little Spanish sxs, a Win 101 o/u and a Win 1200 pump.
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Old 08-02-2018, 07:19 AM
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.20ga for me. I'm not too old for a 12, but the 20 will do everything the 12 will, and is much more comfortable, and the gun is a tad lighter to carry all day.
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I like a 20ga as it is a smaller receiver and lighter package to carry for me now. A 16ga is also one of my favorites as long as it's not sitting on a 12ga receiver. The reason for running a smaller gauge is to get the lighter frame work and overall weight so some companies that build the small gauges on heavy package just don't make sense to me.
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.12 ga - does it all for me -
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20 or whatever is at hand, but 20 would be my 1st choice.
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When I hunted, it was the 20 gauge. I had an Ithaca 600 skeet, which I literally wore out from so many rounds when it was my only shotgun. Since transitioning over to only skeet shooting now, I have become a .410 guy. About ten years ago I bought a Browning 525 Classic Sporting .410 with 30" barrels that has become what I use the most. In skeet, if you think you and your 12 gauge are getting pretty good, you will be humbled by the .410, it`s a totally different world. I love the challenge and the comfort of the little gun. The shells are easy to reload and I have gotten as many as 15-16 loads out of the Winchester casings. The Remingtons only make it about 5 times, maybe. I use H110 powder, Winchester primers, and Claybuster wads.
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I have shotguns in 10 through 28 gauge (except a 24 ga.). Mostly double barrels or over unders, with the occasional pump or auto loader. Each has its uses. But I normally reach for my 16 ga doubles to bird hunt. All are sub 6 lbs and a joy to handle. Even hunt woodies with them.
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Old 08-02-2018, 10:18 AM
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20 GA all the way

I started out at 14 with a stevens 94 20 ga. tried 12 ga, didn't like the kick and weight ! my favorite over the years was a 1970`s light weight 1100 Remington, traded it off like a fool. one shotgun now, a hatsan escort 20ga 3" 26" pump. one fine 200.00 shotgun !
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28 gauge as I only use it for grouse and skeets ; also have a 20 gauge but in comparison to the 28 it feels too heavy.
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I never understood the apparent popularity of 12 for home protection. 20 is more than adequate, with all the advantages mentioned here. Especially, as also mentioned, on the appropriate receiver.
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Old 08-02-2018, 12:46 PM
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I have a full safe but reach for a 28 gauge Citori it does the trick for grouse and the odd varmint that annoys me
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Versatile 12 for me, 9 shot to 00 buck, any field bird and waterfowl. Even did a triple on prairie dogs with one shot. (leave it to a western redneck)
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