I got a 20 ga 870 youth for a real good deal and decided to retire the 12 that I own and dislike. For anyone wondering if a 20 is enough for your kid or if you are tired of dinking around with a long bbl and heavy gun in a blind, this seems to work pretty well.
Specs. 870 20 ga Ute, Phoenix Tech stock (33.00 optics planet) a Mesa Tactical adapter (870 12 ga stock to 20ga receiver 23.00 OP) and Tru Glow gobble stopper choke tube and FO sight combo, (30)Bushnell TRS-25 red dot (56, Amazon) Aimtech saddle mount (45,Amazon)
Put it together w/o a scope. The Tru Glow sights that came with the choke were non adjustable and the price of adj sights was more than the scope, sooo.
I tried Nitro turkey and they were OK, I would say good for 35 yards. Then I got some Longbeard XR. Results as follows. I did move the pattern left, but this should give you an idea.
Now, if I can get the birds to get on the same side of the valley I am on, I will post a real world example
We all went to the 20's several years ago. Our 12 's have all been retired. The 20's we have are more lethal with TSS and will out pattern our 12's with factory non TSS loads all day long. I have watched 7 die from the 20's this spring from 15 out to 41 yds. We running a Mossberg bantam, Winchester x3-long beard and a Weatherby Sa459. You will love hauling that lil gun around. Nice rig...
One other thing. If you are small enough to use that kids stock, it would be even nicer to carry. Just a thought. Using the rib mounted sights I added a inch to the stock, With the scope I can get it up to my face with the stock collapsed.
Every day you see it on the news. Another felons life needlessly spared by inaccurate fire.