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What would you go with for grouse hunting..a 20 gauge pump action or a 12 gauge dbl barrel.

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  • Joe Scott
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    I agree with most people on here that the biggest factor is whatever one you shoot the best & like carrying the most.

    I do use a 12 gauge O/U Browning Citori with a 24 inch barrel though, and I love the versatility that you can have with shot size, chokes, etc. I typically go with a more open choke & a size 8 shell for my first barrel and then a 6 or 7 with a bit tighter choke for the 2nd.

    The Upland Hunter has a great article on this if you are interested. I completely agree that the debate about proper gauges is kind of a mute point if the gun doesn't fit you right.
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  • bonnier-admin_2
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    The one you feel like humping throught the woods combined with the one you shoot best! Plus shoot the load you intend to use at a target to see which load is best for you. I bring extra chokes with me to make changes as needed in the field if I'm under/over choked and missing!

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  • bat4bab
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    410 Anything more is overkill.

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  • hunterdave5
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    20ga. #6 or 7 1/2 will work just fine

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  • huntingkid95
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    They both would work. Use whatever fits you best. But a 20 gauge works better in my opinion.

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  • MLH
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    Double barrels are great for grouse because you can set up with two different chokes - open for close shots and a step tighter for longer/second shots. 20 gauge is about perfect for grouse but a 12 gauge, especially with 1 or 1-1/8 ounce loads, is just fine.

    To simulate a more open choke for the first shot in a pump you can handload some spreader loads. Follow up with a normal load for longer shots. Ballistic Products has speader inserts/wads and over shot cards. Or you can load with wads that don't have cups. Be sure to pattern first - some guns/chokes might leave unacceptable holes in the patterns with the inserts.

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  • codyboyd
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    20 ga is just the gun for grouse

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  • rserwe44
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    The 20 will have enough take down power, and you wont have to worry about ur shoulder being blown off from the recoil.

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  • rserwe44
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    The 20 will have enough take down power, and you wont have to worry about ur shoulder being blown off from the recoil.

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  • mihunter
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    i still use my first gun, a remingtion 870 youth pump in 20 ga. its light and compact for getting through the brush, but i also use an old double barrel 20 ga. what ever is light and compact should work great for you.

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  • shane
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    Double with IC chokes and 7 1/2 shot. Unless the pump points better for you. Doubt it.

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  • bamaoutdoorsman93
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    probley the 20.

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  • tony167n
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    I have a sxs 12 gauge and it works wonderfully in the late season when the grouse start flushing farther away from you...but I found out the hard way that it has maybe too much power in the early season when grouse flush like 5-10 yards from you, and that's when you should use the 20 gauge

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  • Ontario Honker Hunter
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    What? Three inch magnums for grouse? Oh, you must be talking 20 guage. Okay. Yep, those in #6 shot should be good enough.

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  • jestr1
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    I would go with whichever you are more comfortable walking and carrying. I prefer the action of my old pump but my dad had a double 20 I used to love for duck hunting when I was getting started. Its all personal preference. Either will work well! I use high brass #6 3 inch if your gun takes them.

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