Help: Shotguns for youth and modern slugs in older 20 gauge shotguns

Discussion in 'The Ask the Pros & What's It Worth? Forum' started by flyingfinn, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. flyingfinn

    flyingfinn New Member

    Nov 19, 2009

    These forums seem like a great resource and this is my first post.

    Here's my situation and multi-pronged question: I'm looking for a first shotgun for a 12 year old boy. Would like to bird hunt and deer hunt. I have two shotgun options available to me right now:

    1) Connecticut Valley Arms, 20 ga., break-open, in excellent condition, owner wants $100-$130

    2) Iver Johnson Champion, 20 ga., single-shot, break-open, barrel says "CHOKE BORE BARREL LUG", good condition, owner wants $75

    Sorry, I can't provide much more detail than that right now.

    My main question: Can I shoot rifled slugs out of either of these guns?

    Are there better options for a first shotgun for a youth?

    Thanks in advance,

  2. jim summers

    jim summers Well-Known Member

    Jul 13, 2008
    I reside in southern Indiana, you can almost step
    I am no expert but i think either one would do a good job shooting a slug. My sons first outing for deer was when he was 11 he used a Winchester single shot 20ga with slugs and that gun did the job just fine. He killed a four pointer, i think the 20ga is a good gun to start out with.

  3. Alpo

    Alpo Well-Known Member

    Feb 3, 2007
    NW Florida
    I, personally, would go for the Iver long before I even thought about a CVA. "Choke bore" means full choke, which was normal on old single-shots.

    There are two types of slugs. Sabot and Foster.

    You want the Foster kind. Sabot slugs are for use in rifled shotgun barrels. They don't work for beans in a smoothbore.

    Brenneke slugs are a Foster-type, with a wad attached to the backside. I think they are the best of the Foster type, but they do cost more.
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