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Why isnít more people using the 20 Gauge for Home Defense?
Am Shooting Journal ^ | 8/29/2018 | C Baker

Posted on 08/29/2018 5:40:37 AM PDT by w1n1

If you can give up a small perceived ballistic advantage and in exchange, get the ability shoot the gun better, that's a worthwhile trade-off.
But even so, I don’t usually recommend a 20 gauge shotgun over a 12 gauge for home defense. And not because it isn't powerful enough. It has a lot more to do with the lack of industry support for the 20 gauge.

The shotguns you can buy today that are set up for self-defense are almost all based on shotguns used by law enforcement and the military. For the last century or more, almost 100% of their shotguns have been 12 gauge. So all of the firearm industry’s research and new technology for fighting shotguns has been devoted to the 12 gauge, not 20 gauge.
It’s not really all that popular in the general consumer market, either.

The lack of R&D, there's really not much incentive for the gun and ammo companies to support 20 gauge. It’s primarily viewed as something for young hunters who need a shotgun with a little less weight and recoil than their dad's.
As a result, it's kind of an uphill struggle to put together a 20 gauge shotgun that’s optimized for home defense. Read and see the video of 20 gauge shotgun here.


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1 posted on 08/29/2018 5:40:37 AM PDT by w1n1
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To: w1n1

Why AREN’T they?


2 posted on 08/29/2018 5:41:08 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (<img src="http://i.imgur.com/WukZwJP.gif" height=200> zXSEP5Z, xnKL3lW, RZ9yuyQ. XywCCJd, zQ9Ghyq.)
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Another semi-literate headline writer.

Writing headlines used to be both an art and and a science. Now it is neither.


3 posted on 08/29/2018 5:42:45 AM PDT by PAR35
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To: w1n1

Mossberg makes a few nice 20 gauge models suitable for home D. Not sure I agree with the author about lack of industry support.


4 posted on 08/29/2018 5:44:08 AM PDT by Magnum44 (My comprehensive terrorism plan: Hunt them down and kill them)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

First thing that stuck in my mind too.


5 posted on 08/29/2018 5:45:28 AM PDT by captain_dave
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To: w1n1

Why isn’t morer people’s using proper english?I

CC


6 posted on 08/29/2018 5:47:52 AM PDT by Celtic Conservative (Do you know what really burns my ass? A flame about 3 feet high.)
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To: w1n1

Really stupid grammar errors make the author look like a retard before you even read the article. You see that and thnk, “What can that dumbass say that’s worth reading?” And then you answer yourself - “nothing” - and move on.


7 posted on 08/29/2018 5:49:32 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: w1n1

Whah AIN’T them?


8 posted on 08/29/2018 5:51:51 AM PDT by freedumb2003 (As always IMHO)
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To: w1n1

Because Quail rarely break into my home??


9 posted on 08/29/2018 5:52:45 AM PDT by BobinIL
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“Why isn’t more people using the 20 Gauge for Home Defense?”

Same reason 22s ain’t popular for self defense ?


10 posted on 08/29/2018 5:53:16 AM PDT by litehaus (A memory toooo long.............)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Because they’re bird/trap guns! Mine is the most accurate at distance!


11 posted on 08/29/2018 5:53:33 AM PDT by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
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To: Magnum44

I had a Mossberg 20 gauge with a pistol grip and 20 inch barrel for home defense, but it fell out my boat, along with several other weapons...worst day of fishing ever.


12 posted on 08/29/2018 5:53:38 AM PDT by shotgun
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All your 20 gauge are belong to us.


13 posted on 08/29/2018 5:54:01 AM PDT by wardaddy (Wake up and quit aping opinions you think will make you popular here)
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To: BobinIL

LOL!


14 posted on 08/29/2018 5:55:39 AM PDT by gr8eman (Since God has been banished from our classrooms, Satan has filled the void.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Exactly.

Personally, I think 12 gauge is better, cuz more physical shot pellets are sent down range.

Plus you do NOT need high powered double aught magnum rounds. They will tear you and the house apart.

Low recoil rounds, alternating between buck and #8 in the tube is a fine load for shooters of all ages and strengths.

The ever faithful 870, pump, tactical, 12 gauge is the go to firearm INSIDE our dwellings.


15 posted on 08/29/2018 5:56:46 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: w1n1

I used to use a 20G for home defense, but it fell off the boat.


16 posted on 08/29/2018 5:57:18 AM PDT by VastRWCon (LARGE PRINT GIVE IT, small print take it away.)
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To: w1n1
If you're going to shelter in place and lack confidence in training and handling a handgun, perhaps a shotgun is ok.

For clearing a house after a 'bump in the night', I'm not a fan of going around corners with a long gun.

Once you're outside, things change again, depending on where "outside" is.

17 posted on 08/29/2018 6:01:03 AM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: PAR35
I think it’s just the next iteration of England’s plural vs singular use of the collective “it.” (“Apple are releasing a new iPhone,” etc.)
18 posted on 08/29/2018 6:01:57 AM PDT by ConservativeMind (Trump: Befuddling Democrats, Republicans, and the Media for the benefit of the US and all mankind.)
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To: w1n1

Why read an article of an illiterate?


19 posted on 08/29/2018 6:04:51 AM PDT by CodeToad ( Hating on Trump is hating on me and America!)
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To: w1n1

I’m not a big fan of pistol grip shotguns, but if that’s the preference, the 20 gauge is much easier to control in that configuration than the 12. Of course low recoil loads can be had in the 12,and that helps. The 20 with it’s payload of #3 buckshot is certainly sufficient for home defense, in either a pistol grip or standard configuration. My wife’s defense shotgun is a 870 Remington “youth” model filled with #3 buck.


20 posted on 08/29/2018 6:05:43 AM PDT by Quickgun (I got here kicking,screaming and covered in someone else's blood. I can go out that way if I have to)
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