20 gauge for deer

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  1. mauser9

    mauser9 G&G Enthusiast

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    Got a line on an 870 with rifled barrel for slug shooting. Anybody tried a 20 with slugs for deer? Am considering this for woods shots up close anyway. Believe its a 3 inch chamber.
  2. 338RUM

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    I have shot deer with my H&R 20 ga slugger, it is pretty uneventful and results in a clean kill. I used standard foster slugs and made kills out to 100 yds. It is much like a big 30-30, but unless regulated to a shotgun a rifle is a much better choice, just do not feel under gunned with a slugger.
  3. nathangdad

    nathangdad G&G Newbie

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    I have a Rossi single shot 20 gauge rifled barrel

    I will, without hesitation, tell you a rifled 20 gauge is good for deer. You do not need the three inch shell if your distances are perhaps fifty yards or less.
    A 3/4 ounce projectile packs a lot of put down power plus it does not hammer your shoulder as does a 12 gauge slug.
  4. variolamajor

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    20 gauge shotguns are popular with deer jackers in muzzle loader season as the diameter of the slug is similar to a .50 or .54 cal roundball. They can use a slug barrel and scope and get more range than with a regular muzzleloader without all the smoke and faster follow-up shots. :31:
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    I hunted deer for years with a single shot 20 ga shotgun - along with rabbits, squirrel, groundhogs, and birds. Never got a deer but killed MANY groundhogs with one shot.

    I've always believed that one needs to learn how to hunt/shoot with a single shot or bolt action firearm. You learn better shot placement that way, instead of the "spray & pray" (empty the mag and hope you hit it) way I've seen with semi-autos.
  6. rando

    rando G&G Enthusiast Forum Contributor

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    20 gauge is fine and would shoot fine in shots up to 75 yards. I use 2 3/4 inch and will do the job fine.
  7. mauser9

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    Thanks for replies Guys. Gonna check out one from club member. Often better deal off private owner. Plus its an 870 wingmaster not an express.
  8. rebeldeerhunter

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    I shot a decent sized 8 point with a smooth bore imp cylinder 20 gauge at 108 yrds with a foster type slug. Shot it in the neck drt. Shot a doe with a 20 ga with smooth slug barrel at about 80 yrds with foster type slug also in the neck and also drt. Seen alot of deer shot with slugs up to 10 gauge. If u can hit what your aiming at a 20 will harvest just as many as a 12.
  9. CopperniX

    CopperniX 34th Infantry Div.

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    First deer I ever killed was with a little single shot 20 ga. It did put it down but the way I hit it caused a short chase.
  10. mauser9

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    20 gauge slugs

    Thanks for the feedback. Like I said my Winny with Imp.Cyl screw in choke has not cared for the Fosters tried so far but will give one more try with different brands before I leap on 20 gauge Rem. May sound funny this time of year experimenting with slugs for deer but want to avoid putting off till last minute as usual. Decided to keep my 1300 as is a nice bird gun about 6 lbs with 24 inch tube. You guys know what happens in a trade. If this guy who wons the rifled barrel Remmy will take $300 I will take it. Plus and older Wingmaster 870 that has walnut and a finish you can look at without throwing up. Man these gun shops just don;t have the good used stuff anymore.
  11. rebeldeerhunter

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    You may also want to try a diff choke. My 1300 12 likes remington sluggers out of a mod choke. I wouldnt try full though.
  12. trigger

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    In Illinois if you have a muzzleloader tag you MUST use a muzzle loader during muzzle season. If you have an un-used Shotgun tag it can be used in the designated county during muzzleloader season. Now. There is NO shotgun,including the H+R slugger than can come close to my muzzle loading R I F L E .TC Omega.The TC Omega is a lower end muzzle loader.The Leupold scope in have on it costs double the RIFLE. RIFLE =SHOTGUN. No comparison.

    Folks. If you are slug hunting.A rifled barrel with a sabot is the only way to go. Yes a smooth bore with a foster slug MIGHT get you out to 75 yards nowadays. The old "Paper plate"group was all we had in the old days. But wouldnt you want shot placement if you had the choice? Go get a mossburg 500 with a rifled barrel. Get the combo with a vent 26" It will last a life time. Give deer the respect with a clean kill insted of "Maybe" good enough. JMO
    Yes the 20 is a great calibre.So is the 12. I prefer the better ballistics of the 12
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  13. Sav .250

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    A 20 ga will do the trick but don`t over extend it. If I had to choose ,I`d go with a 12 ga.
  14. 870remmy

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    See I'm a little late on this but I'll comment anyways. I have a 20g Remington express that shoots both 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells. I've shed away from 3 inch shell just because I think the 2.75 will be all I need. I just bought 4 boxes of the winchester partition gold sabot slugs ( 260 grains ) at 50 yards I'm printing clovers with them and recoil is quite manageable. I've yet to fire at the 100 yard range, in my neck of the woods that's a long shot. Put your cross hairs on the shoulder and squeeze it off and fire up the BBQ, that 20g will tip'em over. I'm using my for black bear when I get the lottery draw again here in Minnesota.
    Happy hunting and best wishes.
    Remmy
  15. WisconsinHunter

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    I've shot 6 or so deer with 20 gauge sabot slugs. More than enough power out to 100 yards, maybe even a bit farther.
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