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Old 09-04-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
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Hey everyone,

I shot my first gun (20 gauge) this past weekend, and MAN was it fun! I've since decided that I have to get one. I've got the gun picked out (Benelli Nova) just have to decide if I should get the 12 gauge or the 20? My bro-in-law's family has a bunch of property in Quincy, Fl and I would mostly just shoot targets out there, but there's also wild turkey and hogs on the land that I'd be very interested in getting after. So what would you all suggest, the 12 or the 20?

Thanks for any advice and sorry for the long shpeel.
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Nice selection on the gun. I'd go with the 12-GA. Better all-around gun IMO. I'm no expert, though. A 12-GA is the swiss army knife of hunting and shooting, it kind of does it all.
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I would suggest the 12ga. Just for all around applications and ammo is more readily available from bird shot to buck shot.
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Thanks guys! I was kinda leaning that way since there is very little price difference between 12 and 20 ($20 I think). I'll probably be bugging everyone before too long about loads and shot and whatnot as soon as I get the gun
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12 GA gives you more bullets chasing whatever you are shooting at.
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Go with the 12 now, save the 20 for a later purchase if you still want one...
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if you have a chance, shoot the type of gun you are looking to buy to make sure it fits without gunsmith adjustments. there is one well known brand of gun I can't hit anything worth a damn with, switch guns and all is OK. 12 ga is good all around but heavier. As you shoot more you may be draw to a classic double or O/U in 20 for quail and doves.
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. One more question: it comes in 24, 26, and 28" barrel lengths, which would be best?
Also, I was able to go to Dick's yesterday and hold the 20 gauge and it felt pretty good. I think the 12 gauge is only 1.5 pounds heavier, no big deal
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Thanks for all the info, everyone. One more question: it comes in 24, 26, and 28" barrel lengths, which would be best?
Also, I was able to go to Dick's yesterday and hold the 20 gauge and it felt pretty good. I think the 12 gauge is only 1.5 pounds heavier, no big deal
As longer the barrel as better the accuracy and the shooting pattern. I like my 28"
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As longer the barrel as better the accuracy and the shooting pattern. I like my 28"
Ok, that's what I thought... Just checking. Thanks!
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