20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

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20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby gooseman1 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:22 pm

is a 20 gauge 3' #2 or #3 @ 1350-1400 Fps lethal on mallards to 45 yrds?? Looking to possibly purchase a 20 for ducks!
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby Jim Atlas » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:42 pm

Not if you don't hit it...
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby hamernhonkers » Sun Oct 13, 2013 1:45 pm

gooseman1 wrote:is a 20 gauge 3' #2 or #3 @ 1350-1400 Fps lethal on mallards to 45 yrds?? Looking to possibly purchase a 20 for ducks!



I personally know of a few hundred ducks that would tell you, yes it is very lethal out to 40 or 45 yards :wink: :lol3:
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby shoveler_shooter » Sun Oct 13, 2013 8:48 pm

gooseman1 wrote:is a 20 gauge 3' #2 or #3 @ 1350-1400 Fps lethal on mallards to 45 yrds?? Looking to possibly purchase a 20 for ducks!

If you can get a pattern to hold together at 45 yards, and if you can hit them, then yeah. You'll probably need to buy an extended aftermarket choke to get it to work consistently at that range. With a 20ga your pattern will dissipate before energy is lost.
12ga is a much better choice for those ranges. But it can be done with a 20. Gotta be a pretty damn good shot though.
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby BBK » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:30 pm

I'm not sure I would trust 3's at 1350 for 45 yard kills. Especially on mallards. On small ducks it will kill all day long.

The 2's should do it pretty reliably at 45 if you have it choked correctly.
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby MK10 » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:39 pm

hamernhonkers wrote:
gooseman1 wrote:is a 20 gauge 3' #2 or #3 @ 1350-1400 Fps lethal on mallards to 45 yrds?? Looking to possibly purchase a 20 for ducks!



I personally know of a few hundred ducks that would tell you, yes it is very lethal out to 40 or 45 yards :wink: :lol3:


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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby mudpack » Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:49 am

shoveler_shooter wrote:If you can get a pattern to hold together at 45 yards, and if you can hit them, then yeah. With a 20ga your pattern will dissipate before energy is lost. 12ga is a much better choice for those ranges. But it can be done with a 20. Gotta be a pretty damn good shot though.


I agree with what I've copied from shoveler's post.
I would not say a 20 can kill as well at 45 yards as a 12 can; it can't. The payloads aren't large enough to hold an effective pattern out past about 40 yards. Can you sometimes get a lucky pellet in a bird at 45 yards with a 20? Of course. Just not as often as with a 12.

There are two very good reasons why a 20 is not as effective a duck gun as a 12, when the birds are further than 35 yards away.
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Re: 20 ga. range with #2 or # steel??

Postby Griffin4590 » Mon Oct 14, 2013 8:27 pm

I have a 20ga with #6 hevi shot that will out kill any 12ga with steel period
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