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3/4 oz 20 Gauage Reloads-Recoil Compared to 28 Ga

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Shipbuilder, Aug 2, 2010.

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  1. Shipbuilder

    Shipbuilder TS Member

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    I am thinking about getting a set of 28 GA tubes in order to reduce recoil for occasional round of skeet. Already have 20 Gauge gun/tubes; it seems to me going to a 3/4 oz 20 gauge load might get the same recoil result as 28 Gauge, assuming same gun weight etc.

    Has anyone tried this?

    Jim
     
  2. dverna

    dverna Active Member

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    Recoil is a function of payload and speed.

    Use a 3/4 oz load in the 20 ga. and save your money.

    Plus 20 ga hulls are less than 1/2 the price of 28 ga hulls.

    If you cannot handle a 3/4 oz load, you have a severe gun fit or medical issue to address.

    Don Verna
     
  3. GoldEx

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    Ditto what Don says about the 20 Ga. 3/4 oz in a 20 is like an ounce in a 12. SHorter shot column and tighter pattern on target. For 16's, 3/4 oz of 8 1/2 and a full choke will boil a target a lot harder than you think.

    Jeff
     
  4. Claydotter

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    What Don Verna said.

    Regards, Pete
     
  5. OldGoat

    OldGoat Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I have tried it and stuck with it. Another plus for Don Verna's and Jeff's advice; 3/4 oz. in 20 ga. is great for skeet or sporting. Unless you just gotta buy some 28 ga. tubes and expensive 28 ga. shells, the 3/4 oz. 20 ga. is the way to go. Use 8.5 or 9 shot, Winchester WAA20 7/8 wads or clones in a Remington hull with Win 209 primers and Hodgdon International powder recipe out of their book. Best Regards, Ed
     
  6. jimrich60

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    Most testing seems to indicate that smaller loads (such as 7/8 oz in 12 ga, or 3/4 oz in 20 ga) pattern better than the same load in the smaller gauge they originally were made for. So since recoil using 3/4 oz loads at whatever velocity is same whether fired in a 28 ga or 20 ga gun (assuming gun weight is the same), using a 3/4 oz load in your 20 ga tubes seems to make a lot of sense, rather than using 28 ga tubes. Don't think it would be legal for competition though.

    Jim R
     
  7. Bridger

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    I had a three barrel set for my K20, 20, 28 and .410. The barrels all weigh the same. Recoil out of the 28 using my reloads was slightly less than a 3/4 ounce 20 gauge reload. Not enough to make a difference. If you're not competing there is little need to have a 28 gauge gun as the 3/4 ounce 20 gauge works extremely well. I rarely shoot a 7/8 oz 20 gauge any longer and ended up selling the 28 gauge barrel for that set as I rarely used it. I now have a 20 gauge Blaser and contemplated buying a 28 gauge barrel for it but common sense finally set in and I will stick with the 20.
     
  8. chrisg

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    3/4 oz in 28ga has a longer shot string than 20ga. It is ballistically superior to the 20 ga due to this factor. I shoot both, and prefer the 28 gauge to the 20ga. in tubed gun and in individual gun.
    c.g.
     
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