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3gun shotgun choice

Discussion in 'Competition Shooting' started by Tony k, Nov 24, 2017.

  1. Peter Gun

    Peter Gun Member

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    Great info guys, I’m sure there are many shooters thinking about 3gun and what to use for a shotgun.
    Does anybody run 20ga?
     
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  2. Hoser

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    There was a trend many years ago to run 20s, but it faded.
     
  3. Hokie_PhD

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    Do you know why?

    I’m guessing the theory was less recoil, but the reality was that didn’t pan out. Am I right? Or was it something else?
     
  4. ArchAngelCD

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    It's possible the lighter shot charge wasn't reliably knocking down some if the heavier plates. I'm just thinking out loud on this.
     
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  5. 1KPerDay

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    My son ran a 20 for his first and only match but he was the only one I've seen recently. Some clubs/leagues/divisions require 12s also.
     
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  6. Corpral_Agarn

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    I have been using an FN SLP for 2 years now and so far, I really enjoy it.
    I usually see M2s, Stoegers and Mossbergs but I have been starting to see more FNs.

    I will admit, however that the piston needs to be cleaned every 500 rounds or so.

    Also, my particular shotgun needs 1 1/8 ounce shot to cycle.

    Buddy of mine runs a Mossberg JM and out of the box it had some issues but he did some DIY and I have to admit that it is a strong shooter now.
     
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  7. Hokie_PhD

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    That was a thought too, and 1KPerDay said rules which I also suspected.

    I wonder if anyone knows for sure.
     
  8. Corpral_Agarn

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    The guys that i know that ran them did so because they shot slugs better than a 12.

    IDK if that is fact or perception, but that is what they told me.

    These days I think I want more shot for the clay bird in the air vs accuracy for slugs.

    I suspect that rules could be a factor, but I don't see a competitive advantage either way.
     
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  9. 1KPerDay

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    Last time I checked three gun nation rules for the most popular classes just specified 20 gauge or larger. For a while heavy-metal had to use a 12 gauge pump but now they've wussied it down. Other clubs may require a 12 gauge.
     
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  10. Corpral_Agarn

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    I am sad to hear that the pump isn't required for HM.
    I thought that was one of the cooler part of the division.

    Now that I have my Garand in 308 I wanted to borrow an 1897 and have some fun!
     
  11. WessonOil

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    I was already the owner of a 1970's 870 Wingmaster in very good condition when I got into 3 Gun.
    I was already shooting pistol but I needed to throw down money for a PCC (pistol caliber carbine), so I needed to keep my costs down on the shotgun end.
    I purchased a +7 tube extension and bracket from Nordic so I have a 12 round capacity and a Hogue stock and forearm set.
    The reason for that was twofold; to protect the wood as it was in really great shape, and to greatly reduce the recoil.
    Our 3 Gun Match isn't equipment intensive yet so I'm shooting against a number of people with less round capacity.
    A few of the shooters are using semi's that are quite reliable, but many are using semi's that seem to have issues so I'm turning in better times.
     
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  12. 1KPerDay

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    You should do it! I've run a bolt action rifle in 3-gun. That was a hoot. I saw a guy run an original, stock Browning A5 with a 30-inch barrel.
     
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  13. Corpral_Agarn

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    oh, I plan too! I think that my January 3 gun match will be pretty fun as long as it is not raining. If that happens then it will be back to the AR.

    An A5 would be cool.
    Pops has an original. I don't think its a 30 inch but it is a pretty awesome shotgun.
     
  14. Tony k

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    Will do. Been away from thr a few weeks.

    I've got some time to think about it. First match is in April
    http://eaglecapshooters.com
     
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