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12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

I'm looking at getting a shotgun to shoot sabot slugs for deer. Want to get the Mossberg 500 combo. 12 ga is hands down a better performer when you compare the 2, but I already have 3 12 ga guns and 1 single shot 20 ga (my first gun) My question is, is a 20 ga good enough to kill a deer at 100 yds with a sabot slug, or should I just get a rifled slug barrel for my 12 ga? My buddy says go with the 12, but I'm thinking of having another gun.

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post #2 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 01:14 AM
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

Both will kill deer as far as you can hit them. It doesn't really matter.
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

get the new savage bolt gun in 20 guage with accu trigger and dont look back,
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post #4 of 25 (permalink) Old 10-13-2010, 01:28 AM
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

I'd go with a 12ga. You can still justify buying a new gun if you purchase a dedicated slug gun w/ rifled barrel and scope.I have two 12 ga pumps and would love to add a slug gun to the mix, 12ga of course.
I see no reason to use less power.
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

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get the new savage bolt gun in 20 guage with accu trigger and dont look back,
Savage 220F in 20 guage is an awesome slug gun.

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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

I have a 12g with swappable barrels, shot and rifled. My 12 with the rifled barrel does 100 yards easy.
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

Several recent articles I have read compare ballistics. 20ga actually rates better according to them. I personally have both, and prefer the 20, but the guns are very different (Moss 500 12 vs. NEF 20 Ultra Slug). No reason to feel handicapped with a 20ga slug, still a huge hunk of lead your throwing at them, plus less recoil.

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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

I just sold my 12ga 870. I will be buying a 20ga to replace it. It will be both my turkey & deer gun. The slug barrel will be in the 23"/24" range & have a cantilever scope mount so when I pull the barrel the scope goes with it. I'm not sure which brand it wil be but I'm looking at the 11/87 or a BPS. I've never had a semi-auto shotgun so I figure I'll get something different. My son took his first deer with a Mossberg 500 20ga. He had about a 70yrd shot & dropped it in its tracks. A 20ga works fine.

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Both will kill deer as far as you can hit them.
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Re: 12 ga or 20 ga for deer?

More and more people are switching to the 20 gauge. The difference between the two is not what it once was.
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