I have been a reader of H-T-T for the last few years and have noticed from time to time a few stories about the 20 gauge. I have always used a 12 gauge and it is a good all around gun. I read so much about the 20 gauge and how much other sportsmen liked them, that I at last decided to get one.
My partner also was after one so we each bought a brand new 20. We tried them out before we bought them and found them to shoot fine. Last fall was the first we used them in the field and found them to be the finest guns to handle easily and quickly. I have read about some who claim a 20 will kill farther than a 12. This is not true if the guns are made up the same according to their gauge.
On Christmas day 1920 I took my 20 and my brother took his 12 and we tried them out for penetration. The best way to try how far you penetrate is to take an old book that is of no further use and shoot through cover and all and you can see how many pages your shot penetrated. My 20 penetrated through 257 pages and the 12 through 350 at about 25 yards. Both used choke barrel and my barrels are 28 in. and the 12 is 30 in. The 20 gauge is the best and nicest little gun any man wants for small game and birds.
I haven't had much experience yet with the 20 but so far 1 am highly pleased with it. I had one shot at a dipper duck and killed him at 30 yards with it.
Last fall the first day of the season we were without a dog so we had to kick the rabbits out ourselves and shoot them when they were going like an express train. It a great sport to hunt with a good dog but still hunting rabbits is also good sport. You can walk around for a while without seeing any game and you feel kind of dopy when all of a sudden you see the brush move about 1-5 paces ahead of you and then you see him zig zagging through the brush going like a streak. If you don't get the bead on them with a 20 you stand little show of getting him as the pattern is much smaller than a 12.
I guess I have written enough for this time. Come on boys and tell us your experiences with the 20 gauge.
I will come again some time and tell some of our experiences in hunting, fishing and trapping.
Neil Struyk, Pa.
Hunter-Trader-Trapper. October: 1921,
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