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post #1 of 88 (permalink) Old 03-26-2020, 08:06 AM Thread Starter
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Now that 20 gauge seems to be the, what gun is everyone toting around?

Seems like mostly everyone is switching over to 20 gauge from 12 gauge from the earlier thread. What gun/choke/shell combo is everyone going with the 20 gauge?
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post #2 of 88 (permalink) Old 03-26-2020, 08:28 AM
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had my 20 gauge as longer than my 12 gauge. it has a full choke barrel , no choke tubes. use # 4 shot for turkey,
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Franchi infinity, sumtoy .562 choke. It shoots every shell well. Feds heavy 7 fed#9 tss, apex #9 and there smalltown load. All shoot really good!

Was going to get into loading my own tss a few years ago but just havenít. Bought 3 lbs. of tss had it for a while then sold it. Would like to get into that!
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had my 20 gauge as longer than my 12 gauge. it has a full choke barrel , no choke tubes. use # 4 shot for turkey,
That's all you need, especially if you are keeping your shots to 30 yds or closer, as seems to be the trend of many these days. I really don't see the need for specialized chokes or even specialized loads at close ranges. Maybe the loads I could understand in order to take advantage of the smaller shot sizes some may wish to use. But I really don't think anything but a full choke is needed if keeping shots within 30 yards. Anything tighter could be a disadvantage at these close ranges the patient guys like. If going beyond 30 yards the specialized stuff starts giving the hunter an advantage.

I'm not that good or patient. I usually opt for a 12 gauge, although I will on occasion take my 16 gauge mod. Ithaca with #6 and limit my shots to about 30 yards.

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agreed simoncool, I use either one , depending on my mood.
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question, has any gun company produced a 3 1/2 inch shotgun in 20 gauge yet? that would make for a good turkey gun who doesnt like a lot of recoil.
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I just set up a 20ga for my daughter, a Tristar Raptor. I mounted a Vortex Venom red dot reflex site on it. I installed a Carlson's Longbeard XR Choke (.568) and plan on shooting 3" Federal TSS #9's. I also taped some pipe insulation on the stock and slid a Beartooth neopreme sleeve over it to act as a comb riser so her cheek aligns perfectly with the red dot.
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question, has any gun company produced a 3 1/2 inch shotgun in 20 gauge yet? that would make for a good turkey gun who doesnt like a lot of recoil.
I'm gonna guess that wouldn't make too good too good of a gun. Even a 3 1/2" 12 ga. seems to be cramming a lot of shot down a smaller bore and most of the time, a 3" shoots better, not to mention the recoil. Going to a 3 1/2" 20 ga. seems to defeat the whole purpose.
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Seems like mostly everyone is switching over to 20 gauge from 12 gauge from the earlier thread. What gun/choke/shell combo is everyone going with the 20 gauge?
"Mostly everyone"? I doubt 5% of turkey hunting population has switched.
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One of the biggest appeals to me with a 20ga is the weight factor so I have a Franchi affinity.Currently it's the only shotgun I own as I like it so much.I bought an extra 24" barrel for it and installed some tru glo sights to it.I just swap barrels in the spring.
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