Switching to the 20

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Switching to the 20

Postby jdr » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:41 am

I've only hunted with a 12 gauge in the past for timber ducks and have got the hankering to switch off to the 20 gauge. So I have got a few questions.

1. I'm really liking the reviews, videos, and threads that I have read on the Franchi Affinity. Looks like they are a fairly new gun, so for the folks that bought them when they first came out, how are they still holding up?

2. Whats everyone shooting through their 20's? I use a Briley Light Mod in the timber in my 12 gauge with #3 shot. Will this same combo work in a 20 or do I need to bump it up or down a size? ALL of my shots have been 20-30 yards.

Thanks for any offerings you fellers can sling my way.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby reconcoupe » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:00 pm

I have the 12 gauge.

Bought mine November of last year and in the last season and a half, plus a lot of skeet over the summer I've got probably only 1000 rounds through mine. I'm rough on it. And its still working hard. No failures what so ever. Only problem I had was with some bad rounds last year that had got to wet and ended up having to push wad after wad out of the barrel. Ran back to the truck, grabbed some fresh rounds and was off again.

I remember watching my dad hunt with a mid 70's (I believe) browning A5, he babied that thing, always oiled, always cleaned, shot the 'good' rounds, and always had problems with it.

So this is the Browning A5- its like your wife, you have to pamper it and please it and treat her well and the bitch will still quit on you.

This is the Franchi Affinity- she's like a whore, you feed the bitch and she'll work for you.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby jdr » Tue Dec 31, 2013 12:12 pm

Haha, great analogies!! I'm going to hunt one up after the 1st and get a feel for one.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby cootlover » Tue Dec 31, 2013 4:53 pm

I shoot a M2 20 gauge with 3in #2 1550 fast steel very deadly. I have killed sand hill cranes ,geese ,doves with no problems .
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby reconcoupe » Tue Dec 31, 2013 6:30 pm

Edited-Stupid comment about 20 gauge 3 1/2", don't drink and reply to forum comments. Thanks Dutchman
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby flyndutchman » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:53 am

3 1/2" 20ga? I don't think so. I bought the Weatherby SA-08 in 20ga. Nice light gun with the lower felt recoil of a gas operated semi auto. It has functioned perfectly with 3" steel loads and is fast and fun to shoot. I'll admit I am a recoil wimp. My Benelli M2 beats me even with my 1 1/8 oz 2 3/4" loads so I stayed away from the recoil operated Franchi's. Nice handling guns though. I have been using mostly 3's through the factory mod choke which measures to light mod dimensions. It has been good to 35 yds on divers and widgeon. 4's didn't perform as well as I thought they might. Had to swat too many cripples. Testing some hand loaded 1's at present. Divers can be tough.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby reconcoupe » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:27 am

I obviously had a brain fart dutchman. :fingerhead: Don't know what I was thinking.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby 10gaOkie » Wed Jan 01, 2014 8:48 am

[quote="cootlover"]I shoot a M2 20 gauge with 3in #2 1550 fast steel very deadly. I have killed sand hill cranes ,geese ,doves with no problems .[/quote]


What choke is your go to with the Kent #2s? What is your own range limit with this 10ga combo?

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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby cootlover » Wed Jan 01, 2014 10:06 am

I shoot a pattern master . I kill bird's just as far as the guy's I hunt with that shoot 12 ga.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby orphanedcowboy » Wed Jan 01, 2014 11:38 am

Me and the daughter have one each. Love them and found the Rio 2 3/4" #3 and #4 loads are plenty. I did buy her a case of Rio Bismuth and me a case of 3 #3 Rio's. These are easy shooting and great patterning loads.

I have sold every Beretta 3901 20ga we hunted with, kept a few NIB and target guns, but they will see little use if they bring a wood stocked Affinity to the US.

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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby jdr » Wed Jan 01, 2014 7:10 pm

I hunted with my 870 20 today, did just as well with it as my I normally do with my 12. Going to start calling around the next few days and see if I can hunt up one of the Franchi Affinitys.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby flyndutchman » Wed Jan 01, 2014 9:53 pm

Where can you buy the Rio 3" #3's. I haven't found a source for them yet?
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby orphanedcowboy » Thu Jan 02, 2014 12:34 pm

flyndutchman wrote:Where can you buy the Rio 3" #3's. I haven't found a source for them yet?


Able Ammo and Defender Supply, when they have them in stock
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby Jhworley » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:28 pm

Good man.... I sold my SX3 12 3 seasons ago and have exclusively using my Benelli M2 20.

Crios stock modified has served me well. Buddy uses a patternmaster "knock off" and sees good results. I used to have fantastic success with the old federal premiums. #3's for all ducks and #2's for honkers. They disco'd em...

Bought a case of blindside #2's... Have killed ducks and geese with these, but prob go back to Kent's.
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Re: Switching to the 20

Postby mudpack » Fri Jan 03, 2014 4:02 pm

One of the guys I regularly hunt with likes a 20 for the early teal season. He's deadly with it. No more deadly than he is with his 12, and no more deadly than I am with my 12...but he kills more than his share. That's because if those teal are further away than 30 yards, we just wait for the next batch of birds.

When regular season rolls around, he knows he'll be taking shots at birds that are much more wary, and many of those shots will out closer to 40 yards. That's why he puts the 20 away until next dove season, and brings out the 12. He's smart, he's experienced, and he knows what it takes to reliably kill ducks. That's why I use a 12.

If someone likes to shoot a 20, and his hunting conditions allow the use of lighter payloads, then why not use what he likes?
Our conditions require a bigger gun, with bigger payloads most of the time. That's why I use a 12.

I'd rather just kill that canvasback out there at 40 yards than have to sit and watch it fly by because my gun/payload are insufficient to do the job reliably. That's why I use a 12.

You aren't wrong to be using a 20, but I would be.
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