Should I add a 20 gauge to the collection or get another 12 gauge?

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by netexasemt, Aug 23, 2011.

  1. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    NE Texas
    I am going to buy a Rossi matched pair rifle/shotgun and I am looking for some outside advice. I cannot decide between the S121780RBS or the S201780RBS. I have a 12 gauge that is great for shooting skeet, and even for deer hunting. I have an abundance of 12 gauge shells ranging from 4 shot to 8 1/2 shot, buckshot, and slugs. With 20 gauge ammo. the same, or close to the same price, as 12 gauge ammo., it wouldn't matter much money-wise which I bought. My main use for this new addition to my collection will be for longer range target practice and generally the weapon I grab when exploring and researching game patterns in the woods surrounding my house along side my pistol for the stray crazy wild hog. I want the .17 because I will not be shooting anything large while out, hopefully. I like the way a .17HMR feels and shoots, it's just a neat little firearm. My main question is, 12 or 20 gauge? I have not shot one much and I do not have one. I am adding the .17HMR because I do not have one, so should I do the same with the 20 gauge or stay consistent with the 12? I do have a couple of .410 shotguns, so "if" a 12 gauge would be too much for the job at hand, I would be able to compensate by using the .410 if needed. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,422
    Location:
    Kannapolis, NC
    I keep a 20 around just for kicks
  3. Chinook

    Chinook New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 19, 2011
    Messages:
    423
    Location:
    17 pulls, into the propwash...
    +1 on the 20!

    If its not going to be a "hunting" only gun, its still going to be a great piece to have around for general target shootin, and clay bustin. Also its a bit lighter fully strapped, than a 12ga. So that might make it more attractive if you plan to mosey the woods for longer periods of time. As for long range target shootin, I have a couple 20's. One breech break, single shooter, the other is a newer Mossberg pump. Both have at least plinked clays at close to 60 yds. And that is not shootin high quality loads. Off the shelf Estates, in 8's normally for me and clay birds. Not an expert, just barfing thoughts is all!

    But the package, either way you decide sounds like a sweet deal! I am lookin at something to chamber the .17 in the near future, and a couple guys at the local range seem to have nothin but good stuff to say about their Rossi firearms. Would love to hear a range report sometime when you have time!
  4. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Thank you both. I believe I may just get the 20. I will definitely get you some more info. on the .17's performance once I get it. Should be very soon.
  5. Jim Hauff

    Jim Hauff New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2008
    Messages:
    2,976
    Location:
    Lehigh Valley, PA
    THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING wrong with having a 20 ga. around the house.
  6. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Ok, I finally decided on the 20 gauge. Thank you all for your replies and recommendations. I have one ordered and it should be here by the end of the week. I'm excited!
  7. vanguard

    vanguard New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 20, 2011
    Messages:
    17
    Location:
    Commerce,Georgia
    Now dispite what everybody else here is saying, I would go with the 20ga............lol
  8. Brisk44

    Brisk44 New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 6, 2011
    Messages:
    1,747
    Location:
    Iowa
    It's a good idea to be fluent in all gauges. :D
  9. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    NE Texas
    I'm liking it a lot! Very nice, convenient weapon. Out of the box I managed to hit 21 out of 25 skeet, it didn't take long to get used to. The .17's not bad either, but I'll play with it more once I get my scope base in and get my scope mounted. Thank you everyone for your suggestions and replies. I believe I would have messed up and got the 12 ga. Glad I didn't now that I've fired the 20!
  10. joncutt87

    joncutt87 Active Member

    Joined:
    May 24, 2011
    Messages:
    1,422
    Location:
    Kannapolis, NC
    Glad to hear that it worked out for you
  11. netexasemt

    netexasemt New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2011
    Messages:
    119
    Location:
    NE Texas
    Here she is! I'm liking it a lot!

    Attached Files:

  12. Bushmaster1313

    Bushmaster1313 New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    233
    Yes
  13. gcalloway

    gcalloway New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 26, 2011
    Messages:
    88
    Location:
    Atlanta
    I am late I know, but as I get older I find less use for a 12 when a 20 will do the work with less recoil. If you miss the pain of shooting a 12 just take the butt plate off the 20 and put the screws back in about 1/2 way. The .17HMR is an outstanding round for plinking and small game out to about 175 to 200 yards if there isn't much wind. You have made an excellent choice.
  14. jacksonco

    jacksonco New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2007
    Messages:
    2,236
    Location:
    Jackson County West Virginia
    Damn it! Now I am going to have to get a set of those too. Thanks a lot buddy.

    Nice looking set-up you have!
  15. Sandman

    Sandman New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    559
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Variety is the spice of life...
  16. aandabooks

    aandabooks Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2010
    Messages:
    259
    Now for the tweener gauge, 16. My personal favorite.
  17. dad2thebone

    dad2thebone New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 10, 2011
    Messages:
    1,357
    16? wow hard core. i loved my 20 , had a pistol grip for it and it was nice where the pistol grip 12 is a bit rough after awhile.
  18. Sandman

    Sandman New Member

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2009
    Messages:
    559
    Location:
    Louisiana
    Not really a tweener, but I would go with the 28ga. next. Sweet little gun!
    Last edited: Nov 18, 2011
Similar Threads
Forum Title Date
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun I Think That All of us should own one of these Feb 22, 2014
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Which gun should I buy? Jan 23, 2014
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun should I get a mini 14? Aug 10, 2013
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun This Should Be A Great Debate ..... ! Jun 26, 2013
Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun Should I even try? Jan 25, 2013