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20 ga turkey gun

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
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Good deal look at your targets move your sight to the left after the season theres a lot of shot going to the right.
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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...

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I’ve killed 6 birds now with a 20 gauge and TSS, from 25 yards to well over 50. I’d say there’s a good chance my 12s will never hunt again.

I don't hunt turkeys because I want to, I hunt turkeys because I have to.
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I haven't had any desire to carry a 12 gauge since I started carrying a 20. I've been using federal heavyweight #7's but will switch to TSS when my supply runs out.

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Interesting, might need a new shotgun.
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I started using a 20 this year it patterns great with the Hevi shot 7’s didn’t kill anything with it yet but I hope I do this spring. I’m going to use the TSS 9’s by next year though

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Good deal look at your targets move your sight to the left after the season theres a lot of shot going to the right.
Moved it already, near the end of the text. Post season I will firm it up but I posted the shot patterns for ref.

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Knocked down the last 8 with the 20 gauge! No need to carry that cumbersome 3.5, 12 gauge anymore!
Gonna order me another. Going to go with the Winchester sx4 this time.

Have a franchi 20 with a sumtoy. 562. It shoots everything well. I bought that for the girls but have been carrying it. Gonna get one of my own!
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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.

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