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Question by petersoncam02. Uploaded on January 22, 2010
all depands in the choke........... i prefer a mossberg 12 ga. cuz' u can use loads in it to hunt everything from squerrel to canadian geese and black bear. i have a 20 ga but never use it cus my 12 ga is much more versitile. i would say u can use your 20 ga on everything from squerrel to duck but uce a full choke for squerrel and a medium for duck.
The H&R Pardner will give you great hunting for anything you need a shotgun to hunt. With 3" shells it will knock down game just as effectively as a 12 gauge with 2 3/4 inch shells. My understanding is that the 20 gauge was only made with the modified choke and this will give you some limitations with long range ducks and geese. If so, you will just have to make sure they are a little closer than if you had a full choke (30-35 yards). You will appreciate the modified choke when hunting rabbits, squirrels, quail, pheasants and the like. This is a great gun to learn on because it teaches you to aim and as a result, you may be more successful with it than a young buddy who has an auto-loader.
With a single shot the question is more what are your capabilities. It is great for small game, upland birds, and jump shooting puddle ducks, but there is no follow up shot.
I used to have one of those. I took it to the trap range one day and hit about 50%. You could get a Ventilated Rib put on, and it would probably hit 90%. But the hinge pin will get loose, and there is no repair. You could shoot enough until you get intuitive without the VR, but it would take even longer. you could get another and still be good. It's just a matter of taste, I suppose. It can cost you a ton of ammo and a replacement gun. I have already pondered this issue. Gonna get me a 20 gauge Benelli Nova 20 gauge. It already has a VR, and is designed to be totally ergonomic. Why not be dead accurate out of the box and save all that shooting?
That would depend on your choke. Regardless; if you choose shot size correctly you can use it for pretty much anything.
The 20 gauge single shot break action is a simple, effective hunting weapon. As a group, they point easily and seldom fail. I have never had one fail to shoot provided functional ammunition was utilized. They are also easy to modify to "fit" the individual. The capacity of each weapon will depend on the gauge, the choke, length of barrel and need for a rapid follow up shot.
The 20 gauge you mentioned will be excellent for small game, upland birds and in a deer blind with limited sight (<70 yards). It will be woefully inadequate for long distance (>75 yards), larger fowl (canadian geese come to mind) and rapid shooting (flocks of dove, etc).
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