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20 gauge

Postby bigmel » Wed Aug 21, 2013 10:58 pm

I'm thinking about getting a 20 for a small duck pound I hunt and the girly friend to shoot once and a while.I don't have any preference for band.we dose everyone like and why?
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby Uncle Jesse » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:16 am

Benelli M2. Not only is it my favorite 20 gauge, it has become my favorite overall gun. My wife doesn't like it because she says it's too hard to load the magazine. That would be something to keep in mind if the lady will be using it. I have no problem with it.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby kindervb » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:14 pm

X2 on the Benelli M2, I love mine and shoot it better than my M2 12ga. I took my daughter skeet shooting a couple of weeks ago and she had never shot a shotgun before and she hit better than 50% of the targets with it.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby ks_waterfowler » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:15 pm

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby mudpack » Thu Aug 22, 2013 3:11 pm

bigmel wrote: any preference for band.we dose everyone like and why?

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby bigmel » Thu Aug 22, 2013 7:07 pm

I'm thinking a montofaltro or a wing master
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby B-Boy » Fri Aug 23, 2013 1:43 pm

x3 on the M2. I have killed a lot of ducks of all sizes with my 20-gauge M2. Mine likes PMC 3" 1 oz loads of #3 or #4. Although I wouldn't call this gun punishing, the Comfortec stock is also nice for recoil reduction. It's also a light gun. Mine weighs 6.1 lbs with a 26" barrel and extended chokes. Plenty light enough for a day of upland hunting as well as waterfowl. Although I haven't tried it, you could (theoretically) take a goose with this gun and the right shot shells (Kent Tungsten Matrix, Federal Heavy Weight, etc.). I know Britman has done just that with the same gun.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby SMcGarrity » Fri Aug 23, 2013 7:43 pm

M2 is a fine gun. A little more felt recoil than your gas operated guns. But it is Benelli tough and dependable. Pretty darn light too and with the full synthetic you can beat the crap out of it. i use mine quite a bit to duck hunt.

I also have a 20ga Beretta Urika 2. Its got walnut stock/forearm so i don't take it into the mess and muck. It is also a fine gun. Not as much felt recoil, a little nicer looking, and a bit heavier.

got 3 friends that shoot remington 870 20ga. you can always find those on sale for under $300 before waterfowl season. i think the cabelas and basspro here in STL have it on sale currently.

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby dysco » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:29 pm

B-Boy wrote:x3 on the M2. I have killed a lot of ducks of all sizes with my 20-gauge M2. Mine likes PMC 3" 1 oz loads of #3 or #4. Although I wouldn't call this gun punishing, the Comfortec stock is also nice for recoil reduction. It's also a light gun. Mine weighs 6.1 lbs with a 26" barrel and extended chokes. Plenty light enough for a day of upland hunting as well as waterfowl. Although I haven't tried it, you could (theoretically) take a goose with this gun and the right shot shells (Kent Tungsten Matrix, Federal Heavy Weight, etc.). I know Britman has done just that with the same gun.

7/8oz of Kent #2 steel dropped my last goose of the season with the M2 in 20ga, but if I'm not loading my own, I prefer the Estate 1oz 3" loads in #3 for ducks and close-enough geese.

The M2 is fun to shoot fast. I can get 2 or 3 shots off before I've taken my first shot with my Beretta 390 12ga. It's light and thin which makes it easier to carry and faster to the shoulder. For me, it slows down time. That's not to say I don't do serious harm with my 12ga, the 20 is just faster. I found mine used last year for $700 (with some heavy use on it) so they're not totally unobtainable. I cleaned it, put in a new spring, and eventually rattle-canned the barrel. I call it the Prom Queen.... you know, 10 years after the prom.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby BurninPowder » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:21 pm

bigmel wrote:I'm thinking a montofaltro or a wing master

I would opt for the latter...and would be my vote overall as well. A close second would be an, (in good condition) 1100 LT rather than LW. Either, Mod or IC choked would fit the bill nicely and not to mention the very affordable price.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby shoveler_shooter » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:01 pm

I absolutely hate how the M2s feel, at least the new ones. SX3 did it for me...well built, balanced, sight plane fits my preference, has been extremely reliable so far. The Weatherby SA-08 has also gotten good reviews, Browning Silver is a good choice, Franchi makes a good automatic.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby orphanedcowboy » Fri Sep 06, 2013 10:30 pm

ks_waterfowler wrote:Beretta 390


Yep, or a 3901. Best combination going, 391 profile, 390 gas system
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sat Sep 07, 2013 9:44 am

It doesn't get any prettier, mine and the daughter's:

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby duckslayer74 » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:11 am

I also hated my M2, it felt horrible and would constantly would jam. I sold it and ordered an X3 20ga, I haven't had one problem or misfire with it.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby Edge » Sat Sep 07, 2013 12:00 pm

orphanedcowboy wrote:It doesn't get any prettier, mine and the daughter's:

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby OSDaisyCutter » Tue Sep 17, 2013 9:46 am

I use a Benelli Cordoba in 20 gauge a lot.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby mudpack » Tue Sep 17, 2013 12:08 pm

bigmel wrote:I'm thinking about getting a 20 for a small duck pound I hunt and the girly friend to shoot once and a while.I don't have any preference for band.we dose everyone like and why?

You thinking of an autoloader? Pump? O/U? Lots of choices...
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby tommie d » Tue Sep 17, 2013 3:30 pm

Years ago I bought a Fabarms O/U 20ga because it fit me better than the rest of them in the $1500 and under range. Try before you buy, if possible as you will be glad you did.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby lattehead » Wed Sep 18, 2013 5:45 pm

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby A5Gunner » Sat Sep 21, 2013 9:42 pm

Remington 11-87. Good reliable gun that you can get shortened stocks for easily for the ladies and kids. A bit heavy but that makes recoil lighter on an already soft shooting gun.

A 390 is a nice gun too.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby Kidney » Sun Sep 22, 2013 1:50 am

I haven't put a lot of rounds through it, but I have a Franchi Affinity in 20. Haven't had any complaints thus far.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby orphanedcowboy » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:03 am

Kidney wrote:I haven't put a lot of rounds through it, but I have a Franchi Affinity in 20. Haven't had any complaints thus far.


The Affinity is going to be my next new gun in 12 & 20, all I hear are good reports about them.

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Re: 20 gauge

Postby mudpack » Sun Sep 22, 2013 4:51 pm

Get any of the major brands.....Remington, Winchester, Ruger, Browning, Beretta, Benelli, even Mossberg....and you won't go wrong.

Avoid the off-brands....Franchi, Stoeger, Yildiz, Baikal, Escort, Excell, Maverick, etc.....unless they are absolutely all you can afford.
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby cootlover » Sun Sep 22, 2013 7:09 pm

I would take a franchi over a Mossberg any day not even in the same class :thumbsup:
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Re: 20 gauge

Postby mudpack » Mon Sep 23, 2013 6:29 am

Each to his own.
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