GUN 20 gauge vs. 12

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  1. bush0102

    bush0102 Guest

    For duck hunting....what is the difference between the 2, like the physical difference- is it the bore of the barrel? I like the feel of a 20 so much better, it just seems smoother, but i dont know how their ranges compare.
     
  2. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    A 20 ga. shotgun has a bore of the same diameter as a lead ball that weighs 1/20 of a pound.

    A 12 ga. shotgun has a bore of the same diameter as a lead ball that weighs 1/12 of a pound.

    The 12 ga. is bigger, which means more powder and more shot: eg. more powerful and better chance of hitting your target.
     
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    For duck hunting?

    I'd say 12ga>20ga

    for geese 10ga>12ga>*

    I hate waterfowl hunting though so I don't know that much. :hs:
     
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    7 First comes smiles, then lies. Last is gunfire.

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    can you use hevi-shot for ducks? It's denser than lead though its pricey.
     
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    the smaller the guage you manage to use, the better shot u are:o
     
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    Painkiller The Synarchy of Molten Bones

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    20's are good for youngsters because of the less recoil, but I would get a 12 gauge If I were you.
     
  7. USMCsilver

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    For ducks, you NEED 3 1/2" shells. The steel shot is a law due to the fact that you are 99% of the time hunting over water and the steel won't hurt the environment, the lead will.

    For a successful hunt, use a 12. If you just want to go out and shoot at the air, then use a 20. I don't think you'll find too many duck hunters with 20's.
     

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