Why Register?Signing up could earn you gear (click here to learn how)! It also keeps offensive content off our site.
Welcome to Field & Stream!
Question by 13 year old Dee.... Uploaded on January 18, 2010
Im still a little against using a 20gauge on a deer. I heard many stories where ppl shooting a deer with a 20 gauge never find them
I prefer Mossberg and also would probably go with 12 ga but yes the 870 is an excellent gun. As far as 20 ga if that's what your most comfortable with it will definitely get the job done.
I vote yes. A 20 gauge will have no problem killing a deer if your shot placement is right. I've heard a lot of skepticism about it and never gotten anything but "stories." That being said you must think about the range you will be shooting at. Up to 50 yards a 20 gauge will work on whatever small critter, turkey or deer that you can get a shot on. Over that I would be hesitant.
I would definitely say yes. 870 is a great gun, if you pair a 20 gauge with some new hornady SST Slugs and you will have a wonderful deer gun.
rem 870 is great gun,only one gun i would chose 12ga and 20ga for second shotgun.
I agree that a 20 gauge is fine all-around shotgun! Enjoy it thoroughly.
mine is amazing
the 870 is a great all around gun but i would go with a 12 gauge
I used one til I was twenty it was all I ever needed. Great gun, still got it unlike many I've gotten rid of.
I bought my 870 3" mag when I was not much older than you. Step up to one of those. You can take it. I reloaded trap loads with no. 2 shot (lead in those days) and did great on big northern mallards. Was more comfortable to shoot too.
yep it will get the job done no question it will take down deer with ease within 60 yards 20 guage slugs are just as good within 60 yards as a 12 guage...dead is dead
Yeah the 870 is a great all around gun. I had one and my friend still has his. I gave mine to my younger brother, he really handles the gun nice.
Definitely, the 870 is an excellent shotgun and a 20 gauge is great for most hunting. You will probably want a 12 gauge for a little larger sweet spot as you grow older but if a 12 gauge is too heavy for you now, you can go with a 20 gauge and use it as a quail/rabbit gun later. They are quicker for target aquisition than a heavier 12 gauge but they don't pack as much shot.
I meant step up to a 12 guage rather than 20 guage. Sorry that didn't come accross in my post.
Remington 870's have their own reputation. 20 gauge is my first choice. Had a 12 gauge Magnum, but it got traded, along with others, for an upgrade.
Fieldandstream.com is part of the Field & Stream Network, a division of Bonnier Corporation.
Copyright © 2012 Bonnier Corp. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.