12 gauge or 20 ?

Discussion in 'Upland Game Forum' started by Joey O, Mar 12, 2001.

  1. Joey O

    Joey O Senior Refuge Member

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    What are most of you guys carrying for your upland hunts a 12 or 20? I kinda think the 12 is a bit much, except for pheasant.
     
  2. Jeffer

    Jeffer Elite Refuge Member

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    I like a 20. Even for Pheasant.
    It's nice and light and quick to get up.

    I'd love to get a nice 28 SxS for Woodcock and Grouse some day.

    "walk'n like a moose"
    Jeffer
     
  3. RProvines

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    I have always kind of believed that a 12 is a bit much for anything but waterfowl. But my upland bird shooting is jump shooting. If hunted by pass-shooting pheasants I would probably change my mind. I have 5 20Ga. guns and 1 12Ga. gun. I'm looking now for a reasonably priced 28 or a .410 for quail. Guess I'm definitely a snall bore beliver.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Jeffer

    Jeffer Elite Refuge Member

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    RProvines

    I've got a beautiful little Ivor Johnson single shot .410 that I've taken out with me a few times. What a fun little gun. The only problem is that I've never been able to find shells for it other than #4's which is rediculous if you ask me. Not a great Upland load.

    "walk'n like a moose"
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  5. flashman

    flashman Elite Refuge Member

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    Neither, that's what the 16 ga was invented for.... :)
     
  6. OldHunter

    OldHunter Senior Refuge Member

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    I'm a big fan of the 20 ga for all upland hunting, except maybe pheasants on windy days when I like to use a 12. I normally use a 2 3/4" 1 oz first shot followed by 3" 1 1/4oz for cleanup if necessary from my 20 montefeltro. Occasionally I break out a 28 or 410 when birds are sitting really tight.
     
  7. HunterNWyo

    HunterNWyo Senior Refuge Member

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    I use a 12 if I'm hunting pressured pheasants where they're really wild and getting up far or on really windy days. And I'll sometimes use a 12 when hunting chukar late in the season where I have a lot of long shots. The rest of the time I use my little 20 ga Wingmaster. Light to carry, and does just fine on pheasants, grouse, quail, chukar, and huns.
     
  8. NebHunter

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    I personally like using the 12 a lot better then the 20. I like the extra knockdown power they have.
     
  9. 1 shot kill

    1 shot kill Moderator Moderator

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    I use a 12, did I mention im not the best of shot,hehehe :D
     
  10. Rogue Hunter

    Rogue Hunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Yup, me too. Always been partial to the 16ga. I'd like to find an Ithaca NID 16ga
     

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