View Full Version : Why 12 gauge?

08-29-2013, 06:46 PM
So this may turn out to be a dumb question but I've only seen 12g at events. Is there a reason not to use 20 gauge for 3 gun? You'd think that lower recoil and cheaper ammo would make it a prime candidate

08-29-2013, 06:51 PM
20 ga isn't cheaper and a lot of clubs mandate 12ga

08-29-2013, 08:08 PM
I've seen long range plates that guys couldn't knock over with a 20 gauge unless they put two quick shots at the top edge.

12 gauge is generally the same price as 20 gauge. The recoil isn't all that bad with target ammo either.

08-29-2013, 08:15 PM
Variety of loads/easier to find those loads maybe? I know where I buy my ammo 12 gauge is a lot more plentiful than 20, and comparably priced.

Anything a 20 can do a 12 can do better. :p

08-29-2013, 09:20 PM
Thanks guys, when I was at cabelas today I thought the 20g was cheaper but I didn't look close, just got me thinking

08-29-2013, 09:29 PM
I use a 20ga for 3-gun. #7.5 shot was not enough to knock plates off the Texas star. Lesson learned. I use #4 shot now, the plates fly off farther than a 12ga with #7.5 shot. Clay birds turn to dust, and slugs are accurate out to 100 yards.

08-30-2013, 05:10 PM
12ga, .223, 9mm, .22 The most common rounds out there. Cheap mass produced fun.

08-30-2013, 08:37 PM
12ga, .223, 9mm, .22 The most common rounds out there. Cheap mass produced fun.

Well, that explains it... My motto is:

20ga, 6.5x55, 45/70, 44 Mag, 45ACP. If you don't reload them, you'll go broke. :)