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Slug gun deer hunting: 12 or 20 gauge? Why?

Question by lovetohunt. Uploaded on November 29, 2012

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 gauge all the way. It just hits harder and pokes a bigger hole. A 12 gauge slug delivers full penetration most of the time, doubling the loss of blood.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Even the 12 gauge loses most of is effectiveness beyond 75 yards. I would not want to hunt with anything less.

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

i love my 20 it shoots every bit as far as a 12 and i have half the recoil

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

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I have used both...and will have to concede that because of the 12's better ballistics...that would have to be my preference.

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

20...same performance as the 12 with lighter recoil. Either will put deer on the ground.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 gauge. first off its because thats what my dad had on the shelf for me to use when i first started hunting in MI. second, my gawd it just hits hard!! ive killed quite a few whitetail with the 12, none have gone more then 40 yards, with several never taking a step after impact. hard to walk away from a 250 bullet in the boiler room.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

quite honestly, either should work but i would go with the 12 gauge

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 ga. - I shot the 2nd deer I killed when I was a kid with a 12 ga slug and I could put my fist through the exit hole. He never took a step.

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from buckeye wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 ga. I have never had to track a deer I shot with a 12 ga.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

You opened a can of worms!
Guys'll tell you about ballistics as if you're using a rifle. Truth is, we're talking about shotguns. Both will kill deer dead at about the same range.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

20 will shoot a little faster and flatter because it has less surface area to create drag. But ive shot plenty of deer with my 12 (ranging between 0 and 130 yards) because it didn't make sense for me to buy a gun just for deer hunting 2 weeks a year. The most important thing is a rifled barrel, scope and sabot slugs. My 12 ga 870 shoots half dollar sized groups at 50 yards with a rifled barrel, scope and remngton copper plated sabot slugs. It's important to find a slug that shoots well through your gun. Remington's shoot outstanding out of my 870 but my dads mossberg shoots them like ping pong balls in a cross wind.

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from erikgilbert wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I agree w/Ncarl in the previous answer. I know serious slug gun guys who prefer the 20. I shoot an 870 12ga with sabot slugs, rifled barrel, and I am very happy with the performance. I like the Hornady SSt sabot slugs w/ the ballistic tip.

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from gavinboone@hotm... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I love my 20 gauge. With that being said.. 12 gauge all the way. I prefer not to "chance" having too small of a shot to do the job and wounding an animal.

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Even the 12 gauge loses most of is effectiveness beyond 75 yards. I would not want to hunt with anything less.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

Hi...

I have used both...and will have to concede that because of the 12's better ballistics...that would have to be my preference.

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 gauge all the way. It just hits harder and pokes a bigger hole. A 12 gauge slug delivers full penetration most of the time, doubling the loss of blood.

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from woolf1987 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

i love my 20 it shoots every bit as far as a 12 and i have half the recoil

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from Bioguy01 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

20...same performance as the 12 with lighter recoil. Either will put deer on the ground.

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 gauge. first off its because thats what my dad had on the shelf for me to use when i first started hunting in MI. second, my gawd it just hits hard!! ive killed quite a few whitetail with the 12, none have gone more then 40 yards, with several never taking a step after impact. hard to walk away from a 250 bullet in the boiler room.

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from small game sportsman wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

quite honestly, either should work but i would go with the 12 gauge

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from DEER30 wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 ga. - I shot the 2nd deer I killed when I was a kid with a 12 ga slug and I could put my fist through the exit hole. He never took a step.

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from buckeye wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

12 ga. I have never had to track a deer I shot with a 12 ga.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

You opened a can of worms!
Guys'll tell you about ballistics as if you're using a rifle. Truth is, we're talking about shotguns. Both will kill deer dead at about the same range.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

20 will shoot a little faster and flatter because it has less surface area to create drag. But ive shot plenty of deer with my 12 (ranging between 0 and 130 yards) because it didn't make sense for me to buy a gun just for deer hunting 2 weeks a year. The most important thing is a rifled barrel, scope and sabot slugs. My 12 ga 870 shoots half dollar sized groups at 50 yards with a rifled barrel, scope and remngton copper plated sabot slugs. It's important to find a slug that shoots well through your gun. Remington's shoot outstanding out of my 870 but my dads mossberg shoots them like ping pong balls in a cross wind.

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from erikgilbert wrote 1 year 19 weeks ago

I agree w/Ncarl in the previous answer. I know serious slug gun guys who prefer the 20. I shoot an 870 12ga with sabot slugs, rifled barrel, and I am very happy with the performance. I like the Hornady SSt sabot slugs w/ the ballistic tip.

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from gavinboone@hotm... wrote 1 year 18 weeks ago

I love my 20 gauge. With that being said.. 12 gauge all the way. I prefer not to "chance" having too small of a shot to do the job and wounding an animal.

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