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September 28, 2013 at 6:49 pm #5085
Bob LM NYParticipant
I need a little input…am starting out my youngin..he is small frame and I have always used a 12guage. I have a nice single shot (but its a mule kicker) so looking at maybe purchasing a 20gu to get him started. Is there really that much less kick? I have never shot a 20. I want to start him on skeet and then go for some birds…now i know i’m asking for opinions, but please sound off. Any suggestions on a first weapon?
Thnks, BobSeptember 28, 2013 at 10:38 pm #5100
Depending on how much you want to spend, you can certainly get a 12 that will have less felt recoil than a 20. A heavy semi auto and mercury (or whatever they replaced the Hg with) in the stock will have much less felt recoild than a small 20 gauge pump. I own double barrel and pump shotguns in .410 and 20 and 12 gauge. My 16 year old daughter shoots the 20 because it has less felt recoil than any of my 12s. What ever shotgun you get, make sure it fits your son, that also helps some with felt recoil. As far as a 20 for sheet/trap and birds, I have hunted for years with a 20 pump (was my first shotgun) and shot some trap. When I do my job, it does its.
I do not know if you reload, but if you do you can also load reduced recoil loads. I am starting to experiment with some loads for my 12′s that maybe my daughter can shoot. Bought the components, but have not loaded them up yet.
Still Hoping for Improvement. . .September 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #5245
Buy an inexpensive O/U and go shoot some skeet.
Learn how to shoot all the clay sports; Trap, wobble, skeet, five stand & sporting clays.
That gun will serve you well in the field also…………..and for many years !!!October 11, 2013 at 8:25 pm #6164
Bob LM NYParticipant
Thanks….a good friend just picked up a stoeger under and over..we went out (for me to try it) but the birds were not helping..bad day of hunting (didnt flush a one) but a good day of friendship and wasnt at work, so really a great day!!!
Thanks for inputJanuary 1, 2014 at 6:30 pm #11008
It’s a bit late but consider the forgotten 28 ga it gives neary the shot load of the 20 but with a recoilcloser to a .410 . I started using the 28 several years ago out o curiosity and have not regretted it .I use the 28 for dove, quail, woodcock and snipe The 12ga only gets used for turkey and duck season now . when I’m feeling lucky I’ll use the .410 for dove or woodcock but the dog shows her displeasure when I miss so not too much.
The 28ga can be found in O/U and SXS versions from Mossberg and Stoeger for reasonable prices after that the price goes up, sometimes astronomically , shell prices are on a par with .410 so you may want to handload shellsFebruary 1, 2014 at 6:15 pm #12318
I was looking at a combo set at Bass Pro one time and it was a 20 gauge side by side with a 28 gauge set to go with it. It was Steoger and the prices seemed reasonable at the time. With a properly fitted stock one could start with the 28 and use the 20 later I have always used 12′s and even have a browning which is chambered for 31/2″ shells. I more recently bought a 20 gauge auto and find my shoulder much happier.
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