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Does anyone shoot a 20 ga.for trap?

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  1. wheelchair shooter

    wheelchair shooter TS Member

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    I was wondering if anyone uses a 20 guage for trap. I am starting to have shoulder problems and it was suggested that I go to a 20 guage. I shoot a 391 12 right now but the weight of the gun is starting to bother me a good bit. The lighter 20 with a recoil reducer might work but I wanted some input from some of you. This is starting to effect my shooting.

    Thad
     
  2. jm1079

    jm1079 Well-Known Member

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    I believe there are many shooters who use 7/8 oz loads in their 12 gauge guns. I am wondering if shooting a 20 gauge with 7/8 oz shells would be any different. JM
     
  3. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I've used my 20's many many times Thad..the 391 is a great choice since the shellcatcher for a 12ga. Beretta 390 fits a 20ga 391 perfectly
     
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    jm1079 Well-Known Member

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    One option you may want to explore is a Remington 1100 20 gauge standard with a recoil absorbing, fully adjustable synthetic stock set as found on the new 1100 Competition Prosoft. A 28 inch barrel one of these might just do the job for you. JM
     
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    The 20 gauge for trap is a bit of a rarity but I knew one guy that went with a nice trim LT20 model 1100 for exactly the same reasons you are mentioning. He shot great scores with that little gun and had many enjoyable years of shooting that he may not have otherwise gotten in.

    It is certainly worth a try.
     
  6. dead on 4

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    I have a 391 sporting clays twenty guage with a 30" barrel, it's much lighter than my 391 12 gauge. It works well at trap targets and is a kick to shoot.

    Surfer
     
  7. Brian in Oregon

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    I have. I had a pinched nerve that weakened my left arm, and my heavy 1187 trap gun was a bit much to handle.

    Rather than let adversity keep me from the trap field, I took my 1187 20ga, and installed a monte carlo buttstock from an 1187 12ga slug gun. This stock is very similar in dimensions to a monte carlo trap stock, the main difference is being slightly shorter for LOP. The tenon which goes into the back of the receiver had to be reduced in circumference to fit. This gave me a 7/8ths scale trap gun.

    Took me a little bit to get used to it, as it is much more lively due to its reduced rate. You have to make yourself slow down with a gun that light. After a bit my scores for singles were the same as using my 12ga gun.

    I still use the 20ga 1187 for trap practice, but mainly use it for sporting clays now.
     
  8. birdogs

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    I shoot with a guy who shoots a .410 registered and practice. His scores are pretty darn good too.
     
  9. Ross

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    I do a fair amount of playing scorekeeper, you'll be surprised how many 10--15 year olds and some small ladies shoot 20s and break good scores. I'm 71 & don't need any excess recoil so I shoot a 7\8 load in a 12 ga. but 7\8 is still 7\8 doesn't make much difference whether you push it out a 3\4" or a 5\8" pipe. Ross Puls
     
  10. Brian in Oregon

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    Ross, that's not quite true if you are comparing factory loads. Further, it's also dependent upon the gun itself.

    If you want to compare 7/8 oz loads that will cycle BOTH a 20ga and a 12ga, then what you say is true.

    But if you are comparing the lightest 7/8 oz loads that will cycle a 20ga and a 12ga gas auto, there is a distinct difference. The 20ga gun can cycle lighter loads than a 12ga.

    For example:

    The 1100 and 1187 20ga guns can cycle 7/8oz 2.5 dram loads. That's less than the minimum load an unaltered 12ga 1100 or 1187 can cycle. The 1100 or 1187 would need the gas ports drilled out to cycle that light of a load. And this is a factory 20ga load, readily available at Mao Mart et al.

    I assure you that my light 20ga 1187 and my son's 20ga 1100 have less recoil than our 12ga 1187s and 1100s shooting the lightest loads that will cycle each action. Because the 20ga loads that will cycle are lighter than the 12ga loads.
     
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    I shot last year in the Eastern Wisconsin Shotgun Sports money shoots. The gentleman who shot next to me in one particular event was shooting a Kolar 20 gauge due to having the same shoulder issues you have. He proceeded to break 100x100. I will attest to that aside from one target that may have been broken in several pieces; the remaining 99 were "smoke". Nothing wrong with the 20. Good Luck. Ed
     
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    I have been "tempted" to use my Browning 30" 425 sporting clay 20 ga. for doubles. Believe it would handle more quickly than my Perazzi with 31" barrels which seem too heavy. Interested in any observation about this idea. Regards, Ed
     
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    My son shot an lt20 a few years. An adjustable comb gave it a 60/40 which worked great. He moved up to a 12 ga but we still keep it around for when my wife or daughter occaisionally takes a few shots. The current 1100 sporting 20 with 28 inch barrel and remchokes would be a great choice. They are all over the place used for around 500 or so. Just raise the comb by adding an adjustable comb or a comb pad. A limbsaver recoil pad would complete the soft shooting lightweight package.
     
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    Brad Dysinger-but what does he know!!
     
  15. Snooky

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    I shoot a 20ga. 391 in sporting clays at times and have shot as good a score as with my 12ga. I added a 7oz weight on the front and back and recoil is practically non existant. I also mounted a parallel stock off of one of my 12 ga. and it works perfectly fine. It is a little proud where it fits on the receiver but that really doesn't bother me or affect the gun.

    Hope this helps,
    Snooky
     
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    we can make you a 20ga beretta auto loader 30in lite full or 28in fixed mod w/ parallel comb---wally riebesell 660-744-4115 cst
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    "My recommendation is to have Briley install a 20 gauge sub-gauue tube in your 12 gauge trap gun."


    well that makes a lot of sense (*rolls eyes*) since the original poster clearly stated:


    "I shoot a 391 12 right now but the weight of the gun is starting to bother me a good bit."
     
  18. DB Bill

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    My son started shooting trap with a custom 870 20ga that was originally made for Anne Southern the actress by Rudy Etchen (or his Dad Fred Etchen) - nice wood with a mc comb and BT fore-end and a 28" full choke barrel. He shot it for about a year and half at club shoots and did very nicely in the turkey shoots around the holidays.
     
  19. wheelchair shooter

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    Thanks for all the help guys. Gonna go to the gun club today and try the 20 ga. Borrowed one from a friend to try.

    Thanks,
    Thad
     
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    I have a shootin buddy that uses a 20 for everything including ducks. Just likes the gauge. I personally have a weakness for a 16.....maybe someday. Bill
     
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