20 guage 2 3/4" vs 3"

20 guage 2 3/4" vs 3"

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    20 guage 2 3/4" vs 3"

    I just bought a Mossberg 20 gauge Persuader (18 1/2"). Capacity goes up by 1 if I load 2 3/4". I bought this for "the other side of the bed" she's only 5' 4". Given the same load (say #2), is there a significant drop off in stopping power? They seem to have about the same velocity but I was hoping for less recoil.


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    You'll be fine with a normal 2 and 3/4" load, but try the 3" shells and see how she shoots them. The only time I use magnum loads in my 20 gauge is when I'm duck hunting because I don't own a 12 gauge so I want to get as much as I can out of the 20. The recoil is more, but not a lot more. That said I don't use the shotgun for home defense, but I would if I didn't have other options.

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    I'd get 1 buck, 0 buck, or 00 buck (in that order). If you can find them in 2.75", great. If not, then 3"....

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    If you bought a 20 gauge instead of 12 so your wife could handle it, why reverse direction by throwing a heavier-recoiling shell in there?

    Stick with the 2-3/4 inch buckshot. You'll typically get about 20 pellets of #3 buck, which will be plenty effective in a home defense situation, assuming your home isn't the size of Windsor Castle.
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    I'v killed a bunch of turkeys and deer with my old topper single shot 20 gauge full choke..never had a expensive shotgun. I think I gave 125 bucks for it.
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    In a 20ga defensive shotgun, I'd suggest 2-3/4 in #1 Buck. Ought to be plenty, and IMO it'll be noticeably more-comfortable to deal with, recoil-wise.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gasmitty View Post
    If you bought a 20 gauge instead of 12 so your wife could handle it, why reverse direction by throwing a heavier-recoiling shell in there?

    Stick with the 2-3/4 inch buckshot. You'll typically get about 20 pellets of #3 buck, which will be plenty effective in a home defense situation, assuming your home isn't the size of Windsor Castle.
    Thanks - makes sense to me. Of course if we lived in Windsor Castle I couldn't own a gun but (like Bloomberg) would have plenty of folks to protect me.

    BTW -- I didn't turn over all defense duties -- my XD 40 still sleeps on my side of the bed:-)

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