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Question by lovetohunt. Uploaded on November 29, 2012
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.
Even the 12 gauge loses most of is effectiveness beyond 75 yards. I would not want to hunt with anything less.
i love my 20 it shoots every bit as far as a 12 and i have half the recoil
I have used both...and will have to concede that because of the 12's better ballistics...that would have to be my preference.
20...same performance as the 12 with lighter recoil. Either will put deer on the ground.
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.
quite honestly, either should work but i would go with the 12 gauge
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.
12 ga. I have never had to track a deer I shot with a 12 ga.
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.
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.
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.
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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