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Thread: 20 gauge buck shot

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    20 gauge buck shot

    I found these today at Academy for $13.97 per 25rd box. It seems like Remington or Winchester 5rd boxes were $7 last I looked.
    Hell of a deal? Look out, river pigs.
    And isn't 20 gauge buck usually #3?

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    I don't have any experience with the Monarch ammo. I did buy some Remington 20 ga buckshot from Academy which I do think is number 3. I haven't tried any yet, as I haven't had any cooperative targets.
    Give 'em a try and let us know.
    Good Luck with them,
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    Most of the buckshot I have seen in 20 has been #3. Nice find.
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    I've loaded a lot of #1 buck in 12 ga 2 3/4's loads.

    For 20 I would load either #3 or #4 buck. But if a company has found a way to make it work, heck run with it.
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    I'll shoot some on cardboard and report back.

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    That’s a good price for a 25 count.

    I load #4 buck in 20 ga for my son - he kills rattlesnakes and feral hogs with them.
    Last edited by HWooldridge; 06-17-2022 at 10:36 PM.

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    #3 is the gold standard for 2-3/4" 20ga. Some years ago on family property I had occasion to shoot 68 rounds at pigs. Net result? 77 dead hogs.
    I have danced with the Devil. She had excellent attorneys.

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    Shotguns are the only legal firearm to carry in my kayak on the river; hence my interest. I've killed pigs with 00 from a 12gauge but my only river guns now are a 20gauge and a .410 bore.

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    The first pic was at 20yards. The P shaped pattern isn't that great. The second pic was at 10 yards and not bad.. The single slug was fired from 20 yards, all shots fired from standing, quickly so I could get back to the AC....

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    That twenty yard pattern isn't that bad compared to an average cylinder bore twelve gauge load of 9 00 buckshot.

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    Just wait until you can see the whites of their eyes then let them have it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MT Gianni View Post
    Most of the buckshot I have seen in 20 has been #3. Nice find.
    I agree. That is a nice find. With those #1's, the 20 ga with buck is more than just a coyote load. I would love to see a pattern from my Sav. 24v o/u which already patterns well enough for coyotes out to 35 yards+.

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    d dan how did manage that?? 77 pigs with with 68 shots?

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    Quote Originally Posted by turtlezx View Post
    d dan how did manage that?? 77 pigs with with 68 shots?
    A few amounted to two or maybe three killed with one shot. Not that rare when they are in tight herds.

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    I'l take a flat of that ammo but no stores in the NE

    Guese I will make some.

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    Maybe this belongs in Casting for Shotguns but it seemed relevant to this discussion. I have a 20 gauge buckshot load that works for me:

    Win. HS hulls
    W209
    WAA20 minus the petals
    18.5gr. Longshot
    8 pellets (.311" WDWW from a Lee mold) Kind of "1/2 ought" size buck. I round it to "0".

    Puts all of them in the C ring of an IPSC target at 30 yards with a modified tube in my Mossberg 500 YM. Most are in the A ring. A couple marathon casting sessions and I had enough for 14 boxes. It'll be a long time before I need to load them again.

    Mods, Feel free to move this if you think it inappropriate.

    Take care!

    John

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    I believe Rio is loading the Monarch brand shotshells for Academy.

    I’ve loaded #1B in 20ga for decades! I find my hand loads superior to factory #2’s or 3’s.

    I remove the fins from a plastic shot cup. I load 10 .310” round ball cast from wheel weights with a Lee .31” 2-cav mold. I currently use LongShot powder.

    20ga bore is .620”.

    I’m three for three on deer (under 35yds) and 1 for 1 in pigs.

    I also have a Lee 18-pellet gang mold for .24” round ball. Equals #4buck. Works good on armadillos and close in coyotes. I prefer the #1 though.

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