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Pump Action Shotgun Shortage?






tbirdsc

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It does seem to be more 12 ga defensive type shotguns available than 20 ga. If you are after a 20 due to recoil concerns, another option would be go with a 12 ga but just use low recoil shells
 

Grumpyoldretiredcop

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linny, I have a 20 gauge 870 (an X serial number, built on the 12 gauge receiver) and a couple of 12 gauge 870s. I can't really feel much difference between them when shooting both with 2 3/4 buck or slug. A 12 with light/controlled recoil loads might not be a bad idea.

I put the 20 gauge up for sale at a couple of gun shows, lots of interest as it's a bit unusual but no takers. On the other hand, I wasn't willing to let it go dirt cheap considering what I'd put into it and there not being too many around.
 

Earthquake

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linny, I have a 20 gauge 870 (an X serial number, built on the 12 gauge receiver) and a couple of 12 gauge 870s. I can't really feel much difference between them when shooting both with 2 3/4 buck or slug. A 12 with light/controlled recoil loads might not be a bad idea.

I put the 20 gauge up for sale at a couple of gun shows, lots of interest as it's a bit unusual but no takers. On the other hand, I wasn't willing to let it go dirt cheap considering what I'd put into it and there not being too many around.
Don't cut up that X numbered 20 ga barrel, they are almost impossible to find now a days. it took me 6 months to find one for my 20ga Wingmaster, light weight barrels are easy to find but they don't fit the Lg frame guns, I was just about ready to convert mine to 12ga when I found a 20ga barrel.

eQ
 

Grumpyoldretiredcop

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Don't cut up that X numbered 20 ga barrel, they are almost impossible to find now a days. it took me 6 months to find one for my 20ga Wingmaster, light weight barrels are easy to find but they don't fit the Lg frame guns, I was just about ready to convert mine to 12ga when I found a 20ga barrel.

eQ
Amen to that. I searched for quite some time before finding a barrel that was damaged at the muzzle so that I could cut it without guilt. It makes for a nice convertible kit in 20 gauge.

Edit: It's the middle shotgun in the photo below, shown with the shortened barrel. The original barrel is untouched but not shown.

 
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