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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-18-2012, 01:33 AM Thread Starter
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i a novice at hunting but going on my 2nd year with only killing a squirrel i have a mossberg 500 20 gauge looking for a 12 gauge any ideas for a 12 gauge under 150
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Re: good shotguns

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look for used mossy 500.

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Re: good shotguns

under $150 is kind of tough. however, if you can frequent gunshows, you may find a JC Higgins Model 20 for around that price. these guns were made for Sears by High Standard in the 50's and are good, solid rugged guns. walnut stocks and most have removable chokes. the trick is to get one with all the chokes. i have one that was my dads and with the long range choke in it, it will lay them in there at 30 yards with 2 3/4" turkey loads. i see nice ones for $125-$175 quite often and am always tempted but have no need for another.

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i have a mossberg 500 20 gauge looking for a 12 gauge any ideas for a 12 gauge under 150
Does your Mossberg have a 3" chamber? You can duplicate most 12 gauge hunting loads with a 20 gauge 3". BTW you do not need a 12 gauge for most hunting.
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i have a mossberg 500 20 gauge looking for a 12 gauge any ideas for a 12 gauge under 150
Does your Mossberg have a 3" chamber? You can duplicate most 12 gauge hunting loads with a 20 gauge 3". BTW you do not need a 12 gauge for most hunting.
nothing wrong with a 20ga. A lot of seasoned bird hunters actually prefer it. What are you planning on hunting?

Since you already got a shotty maybe take that $150 and get a starter bow or an H&R single shot rifle.

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Re: good shotguns

Why do you need a 12ga? The 20 sends the pellets out the barrel at the same speed as the 12. You are better off going skeet shooting and learning how to hit the target.
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I'd say keep the 20 for a while and get some more hunting and practice shooting in. In a couple more years if you still want a 12 you can start looking again.
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I have a couple shotguns, and I only ever use the 12 gauge on certain occassions.

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post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 07-20-2012, 03:53 PM
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Isn't this how it usually happens? We start off with a twenty then think a 12 is better and by the time we hit our thirties we start thinking 20 again!
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