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20 gauge shotguns - goid ones/bad ones

Discussion in 'Shooting - Reloading Forum' started by Clayton, Dec 29, 2016.

  1. Clayton

    Clayton Elite Refuge Member

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    Looking to purchase an automatic for limited hunting situations where confident of close in shooting. Any brands/models to not purchase or ones you would purchase. Not looking for anything fancy. Just a straight up duck gun. While on the subject, what are the preferred loads for med to large ducks over decoys?
     
  2. DtSB

    DtSB Senior Refuge Member

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    Clayton, I had a franchi affinity 20ga that I loved. It was sporty and a pleasure to shoot. However, if I was careless, it would give the dreaded click from time to time. The slightest bump could send the bolt out of battery.

    I was a fan of federal blue box #4 for everything with that gun, over decoys of course. They were 1300fps loads and patterned very well. I have a friend who is enjoying hevi metal 4's through his 20ga affinity. When it was available, I loved to shoot 1oz of original hevi steel 6's through my 20s.

    None of the 20ga that I have patterned have produced acceptable patterns with the 1500+fps stuff. So I always stuck to 1300-1450 fps.

    One day I'd love to own a 20ga SX3 and/or the Weatherby SA-08.
     
  3. Native NV Ducker

    Native NV Ducker Mod-Duck Hunters Forum, Classifieds, and 2 others Moderator Flyway Manager

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    I have heard nothing but good things about an M-2, or Frianchi Affinity.

    3's are always a good all round load.
     
  4. 43x

    43x Elite Refuge Member

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    Remington 1100 LT, Winchester SX3
     
  5. wildfowl4444

    wildfowl4444 Elite Refuge Member

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    Beretta 390 is a great, soft shooting gun
     
  6. duckman54

    duckman54 Senior Refuge Member

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    I've had a Sx3 20 ga for a couple years now, I've shot it more dove hunting than waterfowl so far but not one hiccup
    yet. For waterfowl I use the Kent 7/8 at 1550 #3's mostly. Got a terror choke for ducks and throws a nice pattern
    with those shells.
     
  7. duckcommander 101

    duckcommander 101 Elite Refuge Member

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    I am very happy with my SX3 20.
    It has done the number on turkeys, ducks and geese for me.
     
  8. Squaller

    Squaller Elite Refuge Member

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    As stated
    • Beretta
    • SX-3
    • Benelli
    • Franchi
    As far as the best loads over decoys... I had the both the best luck with patterning and field performance using #4 steel... The small-bore gun seems to preform better with smaller pellet sizes for sure...
     
  9. creedsduckman

    creedsduckman Elite Refuge Member

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    I've got a Beretta 391 20 that I absolutely love. I probably have more confidence in that gun than any other I own.
     
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  10. Old Critter

    Old Critter New Member

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    Hey, Clayton. I'm an older fella who started shooting 20 gauge guns for ducks about 10-15 years ago. My go-to gun is a plain-jane 20 gauge LT Remington 1100. I shoot Blue Box 3/4 oz. #4s almost exclusively through an IC choke. Works fine and kills ducks all day long. The recoil of the 1100 gas gun is as light as you'll find and just a joy to shoot.

    For what it's worth, I sold a whole safe-full of the other autos and haven't missed any of them. I take that 1100 up and down the flyway each fall and never feel under gunned. My 1100 is one somebody won at a wildlife dinner and then put on the consignment rack. I think I paid $250 for it. Cheapest gun I've ever owned. Funny how it worked out.

    And by the way, thanks for your contributions to the habitat forum.
     
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