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Old 06-03-2012, 03:38 PM   #1
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12 vs 10 gauge

I've been handed down a variety of old shotguns and rifles two being single shot 10 gauge 3 1/2 and 12 2.75 and 3. these guns are old and I'm looking to upgrade to an auto loader. I'm looking for an all around usage shotgun ( can't shoot rifle in ma unless bear) so turkey deer goose.
What's your opinion 12 g 3 1/2 or 10g 3 1/2. And before anybody says anything im not going to cry about one being heavier than the other. So please dont mention that statistic

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Old 06-03-2012, 04:06 PM   #2
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I've been handed down a variety of old shotguns and rifles two being single shot 10 gauge 3 1/2 and 12 2.75 and 3. these guns are old and I'm looking to upgrade to an auto loader. I'm looking for an all around usage shotgun ( can't shoot rifle in ma unless bear) so turkey deer goose.
What's your opinion 12 g 3 1/2 or 10g 3 1/2. And before anybody says anything im not going to cry about one being heavier than the other. So please dont mention that statistic
10 Gauge has a lot more "buck" to it than the 12 will. But it all depends on the shells you'll be using. You gonna use High Base shells?

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I'm pretty new to hunting and my buddy whose well experienced is very ignorant and thinks whatever gun he owns is the best. So to answer your question I'll probably be using a high brass bigger loads to knock down whatever. That's why I'm leaning on the 12 3 1/2 because it'll take 2.75, and 3 I just don't know it I want to shoot say a pheasant with a 10
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I work full time in a gun shop in Alaska. I very rarely see 10g anything. Just for that reason I would use 12g up here. Im not sure what munitions are available to you but for the 12g I don't think you can go wrong. 600grain rifled slugs to 000buck. And everything in between. Brenneke has a plethora of slugs and federal Law Enforcement buck shot is outstanding (LE132 00, LE132 1b and Le132 000) if you can get your hands on it.
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Old 06-03-2012, 10:37 PM   #5
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I've got a .20 Guage with Express 000 High Base Buckshot for home defense. 16in barrel. Love it. Got a 12 gauge too. ^_^
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We have only ever owned 12 and 20. 10 is so uncommon in pa. I would get a 12.
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I've got a .20 Guage with Express 000 High Base Buckshot for home defense. 16in barrel. Love it. Got a 12 gauge too. ^_^
You got papers for that? Under 18" is an SBS and is considered an NFA weapon.
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You got papers for that? Under 18" is an SBS and is considered an NFA weapon.
It's legal where I'm at.
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907Farmer hit the nail on the head... go with the 12ga. it will give you more options for different game.
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12, more options and cheaper
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12, more options and cheaper
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