View Full Version : 20ga for deer
09-29-2002, 04:44 PM
Does anyone know about how a 20ga works on whitetails? Im wondering if i buy a new 20ga just because its an all around good gun for pretty much anything but does is pack enought punch for deer? anyone use one or know how they work on deer sized animals?
09-29-2002, 06:34 PM
Well with the new Winchester Supreme saboted loads the 20 guage is pretty awesome on whitetail IMO. I'm not much on the ol' "pumpkin balls" for deer if I was going that route I would choose the 12 guage. The new Supremes are pushing 45-70 loads which as we all know will take a whitetail quite easily http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-biggrin-aqua.gif Of course the saboted loads are going to require a rifled barrel and I don't know if your wanting to go there.......... I love my 20 guage and have used it for just about everything around here.
jim in illinois
09-29-2002, 07:39 PM
Shot my first whitetail ever with a 20 and it worked great. Dropped right in its tracks. And like ya said its a pretty good all around gun. Jim
09-30-2002, 10:56 AM
I killed several deer with my old 20ga. pump gun. All of mine were taken with #3 buckshot. Never shot at one with a slug, but I imagine a slug would be even more deadly than buckshot.
Actually, in my opinion, the biggest weakness in a 20ga would be shooting steel for waterfowl. Other than that, you should be able to hunt pretty much anything you want with it (might stop short of grizzly bear or elk). I don't have the numbers, but even with the plain old "punkin' balls", you're still pretty danged close to blackpowder rifles at 50-60 yards.
09-30-2002, 01:11 PM
I've kilt more Deer than I can count with 20ga. and Turkey to,but you let them thar Turkey get close,and use 3"Mag.
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