Here's the premise: You have two target guns set up exactly the same. One is a 12ga the other a 20ga. You are shooting in a 100 target, head to head, winner take all competition against a rival of similar abilities. The course falls into the medium difficulty range ( not charity/fun shoot fluff, but not U.S. Open type targets either) The prize is large: lets say $10KHere's the question: How many targets would you have to be spotted to shoot a 20ga against your rivals 12ga?My answer: 1 target. For me personally, I break just as many with a 20ga and I would see even one target as an advantage. I really want that $10K I am a relatively high volume recreational shooter, and I'm interested in the opinions of the folks who shoot a lot of registered targets as well as the opinions of my fellow "soul" shooters. 12ga to 20ga handicap. How many targets? What say you?
I agree. One target would be more than fair as I seem to break just as many with my 20 also. Most 20 gauge loads are 7/8 oz. while 12 gauge are usually 1 or 1 1/8 so your only really losing 1/8 -1/4oz of shot. However, if I were shooting for that kind of money, and I think most people will agree, I will be shooting a 12. That 1/8-1/4oz of shot could be the one target difference that wins me the money. Any other time I'd shoot the 20 gauge. Tough call though!
Well, maybe it depends on your game. I shoot competition skeet mostly. My
thought is , if I can not score well with the twenty gauge the twelve would not make a difference. In fact When I shoot doubles the recoil recovery is much easier between shots. I have shot nice trap scores with the twenty by changing shot size and chokes. Love trap doubles also.