flyndutchman wrote:Why do you want a 20ga O/U for duck hunting? Upland and skeet they are great. Unless you are willing to spend the extra dollars for heavier than steel loads, the 20 is definitely lacking. I know this will stir the pot with a lot of 20ga shooters. Besides the light 20ga guns have a lot more recoil with the heavy loads needed for waterfowl hunting. My 20ga Citori gets used for grouse, quail and the occasional chucker hunt while the 12ga semi-autos shoot steel at ducks. Lots more flexibility of loads for the 12ga.
You a little recoil sensitive?? A 20 bore duck load with a lot of recoil?? Maybe your gun didn't fit you right?
I really have never meet a heavy recoiling load from a 20 myself but I have really only been shooting them heavy for the last 7 or so years.
As far as going cheaper on the guns.........most would say you have a 50/50 chance of getting a good one. I myself have been lucky and had 3 (lower cost) o/u's that have yet to give me a issue. 2 of those stoger condors and one a mossy silver reserve. One of the stogers has well in excess of 10,000 total rounds through it with about 2 grand of those being kent faststeel loads.
As far as pattern work here is the link to when i was playing with my sx3 and some new chokes. These patterns will kill 40 yard ducks just fine viewtopic.php?f=14&t=270818