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20 ga. reload

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by jburger, Aug 5, 2010.

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  1. jburger

    jburger TS Member

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    Guys I need some info on 20 ga reloads. Just starting my son out shooting and need a low recoil 7/8 oz. load. Thanks for your help.

    Jeremy
     
  2. R.Kipling

    R.Kipling Well-Known Member

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    Having gone through 2 boys and now 3 grandson's I have found that there is more to introducing a young boy to shotgunning than "20ga. and low recoil". I found that the size and desire of the child is actually more important.

    If the boy can lift a lighter weight 12ga. and has the desire to do it, a 7/8 or 3/4 oz. 12ga. load can actually produce a more comfortable recoiling load than a 20ga. Light 12ga. loads also generally produce better patterns. If your introduction centers around the Trap field, light load pattern is important.

    Don't overlook a light 12 in your research.

    IMHO,
    Kip
     
  3. Savage99Stan

    Savage99Stan Active Member

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    One ounce and the proper amount of PB in a twelve gauge is what my boys and wife started with. I highly recommend it.
     
  4. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Jeremy,

    Look at on the on-line manual's for Alliant and Hodgdon.

    A 12 ga is a better choice and you can load 7/8 oz at 950 FPS for a very light load using Win-Lite.

    There are also "youth" loads with 3/4 Oz of shot for the 12 and 20 - see link.

    http://www.hodgdon.com/PDF/Youth%20Loads.pdf

    If you already have a 20 use it. The smaller shell will at least look like it should kick less, but a 12, with the same payload, will kick the same. The 12 is just more versatile and he will be shooting a 12 eventually.

    Don Verna
     
  5. jburger

    jburger TS Member

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    I hate to try and put him in a 12 ga this soon but his 410 isn't getting the job done we went to the club last night and he shot 11,14,13 with his 20 ga.
    Since I just bought him the 20 we'll stick with that for a while and see how it works out. I know I grew outta my 20 real fast so I'm sure it won't be long......need to win the lottery!!!! LOL
     
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