View Full Version : 20 Gauge shotgun for defense

March 18, 2002, 09:34 PM
How well does a 20 Ga work for defense? Do you need to load it with 3" mags or will 2 3/4" do just as well. I am using #6 shot at the present time. Do you think I need to go bigger?


Dave McC
March 18, 2002, 09:41 PM
The 20 will do fine. Check the Archives, there's oodles of stuff on HD shotguns....

March 18, 2002, 10:04 PM
More than adequate.

I might step up to #4 buck if you have noone living on the other side of the wall you intend to splatter the perp all over.

I've relayed this twice but I'll reiterate:

While working at the local gun & knife club (i.e. trauma center)
I witnessed the remnants of several thugs who broke into the wrong house. The only one of the perps that lived is eating through a tube and crapping in a bag.

All thanks to a 20 guage and some small game shot at very close range.:D


March 18, 2002, 10:04 PM

March 19, 2002, 12:33 AM
Where does one find any 20ga barrel less than 24"? All the 20gas I saw were all bird guns and had 24-28" bbls.

Oleg Volk
March 19, 2002, 01:18 AM
Winchester 1300 is set up for social work in 20ga. 7+1, fiber optic front bead, accurate with slugs, 18.5" or so barrel. $270.