20 Gauge Shotgun Shells

The 20 gauge is the choice of many hunters for upland game and deer. This light recoiling and versatile gauge has been making headway into the self defense market with new specialty ammunition designed for personal defense. Learn More
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  1. Winchester Super-X 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 2-3/4" #3 Buck Ammunition

    8 In stock now
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    $195.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #3 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
  2. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    1 In stock now
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    $67.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 26.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU TG20 9
    • UPC 029465519384
  3. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    19 In stock now
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    $67.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 27.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU TRGT208
    • UPC 20892004863
  4. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $73.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 29.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC20SI 8
  5. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 3/4 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    17 In stock now
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    $73.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 29.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WE20GT7
    • UPC 020892019034
  6. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    1 In stock now
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    $74.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 29.6¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H200 8
    • UPC 50029465072884
  7. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    51 In stock now
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    $7.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 30¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU TG20 8
    • UPC 029465025014
  8. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    70 In stock now
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    $7.75 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 31¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU TRGT207
    • UPC 020892016293
  9. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    66 In stock now
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    $7.75 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 31¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU TRGT208
    • UPC 020892016316
  10. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    12 In stock now
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    $7.75 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Upland Game
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 31¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XU208
    • UPC 020892013438
  11. Winchester Super-X 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

    21 In stock now
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    $7.85 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Heavy Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 31.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XU20H8
    • UPC 020892013377
  12. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    17 In stock now
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    $8.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 32¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H200 8
    • UPC 029465072889
  13. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    68 In stock now
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    $8.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 32¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H200 7.5
    • UPC 029465072773
  14. Winchester Super-x 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 3/4 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    62 In stock now
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    $8.10 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 32.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WE20GT7
    • UPC 020892019027
  15. Winchester AA 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $82.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 32.8¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA209
    • UPC 50020892004455
  16. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    13 In stock now
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    $8.25 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 33¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC20SI 8
  17. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3/4 oz. #6 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    62 In stock now
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    $8.49 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WE20GT6
    • UPC 020892019003
  18. NobelSport 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    20 In stock now
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    $8.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by NobelSport

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by NobelSport
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • NobelSport SKU ANS208
    • UPC 837913000236
  19. Remington 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    29 In stock now
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    $8.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GC209
    • UPC 047700307206
  20. Remington Gun Club Target Load 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    81 In stock now
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    $8.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Discount Shot
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU GC207
    • UPC 047700348407
  21. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    14 In stock now
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    $9.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU TG20 9
    • UPC 029465019389
  22. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    58 In stock now
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    $9.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Shot
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU TG20 7.5
    • UPC 029465027766
  23. Estate Cartridge 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    81 In stock now
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    $9.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU GTL20 9
    • UPC 604544367492
  24. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #7 1/2 Shot Ammunition

    66 In stock now
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    $9.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Heavy Game
    • 36¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC202SI 7.5
    • UPC 029465028916
  25. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    37 In stock now
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    $9.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU TG251 7
    • UPC 029465026431
  26. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    10 In stock now
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    $9.85 Price
    • $9.50 each if you buy 3 -  save 4%

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Discount Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38¢ to 39.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 20VIP18
    • UPC 762344706979
  27. Federal Ultra 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    18 In stock now
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    $9.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Shot
    • 40¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC20SI 7.5
  28. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3/4 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    23 In stock now
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    $10.50 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 42¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF208 7
    • UPC 029465023843
  29. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    53 In stock now
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    $10.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA208
    • UPC 020892004443
  30. Winchester AA 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot Ammunition

    63 In stock now
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    $11.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • 7/8 oz.
    • #9 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA209
    • UPC 020892004450
  31. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    28 In stock now
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    $11.60 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Buck Shot
    • 1 oz.
    • #5 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 46.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 20HV5
    • UPC 762344700953
  32. Estate Cartridge HV 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 3/4 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

    17 In stock now
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    $11.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Estate Cartridge
    • Waterfowl
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Estate Cartridge SKU HVST20SM 4
    • UPC 604544235449
  33. Federal Speed-Shok 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 3/4 oz. #4 Shot Ammunition

    4 In stock now
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    $12.00 Price

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 48¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF208 4
    • UPC 029465027926
  34. Spartan 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of #1 Buck Ammunition

    10 In stock now
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    $124.99 Price

    Qty:

    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #1 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Spartan SKU SA2000
    • UPC 8436534391840
  35. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    24 In stock now
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    $13.25 Price
    • $12.50 each if you buy 3 -  save 6%

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Shot
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 50¢ to 53¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 203HV6
    • UPC 762344707945
  36. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    58 In stock now
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    $13.25 Price
    • $12.50 each if you buy 3 -  save 6%

    Qty:

    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Shot
    • 50¢ to 53¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 203HV75
    • UPC 762344707952
  37. Spartan 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #1 Buck Ammunition

    7 In stock now
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    $14.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #1 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 56¢ Cost Per Round
    • Spartan SKU SA2000
    • UPC 8436534391833
  38. Federal Speed-Shok Steel 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3" 7/8 oz. #2 Shot Ammunition

    7 In stock now
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    $15.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU WF207 2
    • UPC 029465023942
  39. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #4 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

    33 In stock now
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    $15.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 60¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WEX2034
    • UPC 020892017283
  40. Rio Ammunition 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of #1 Buck Ammunition

    7 In stock now
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    $155.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Rio Ammunition

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Rio Ammunition
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #1 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 62¢ Cost Per Round
    • Rio Ammunition SKU RB209
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20 Gauge Shotgun Shells Customer Reviews

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    based on the 1 review below
  • Saiga D said:

    "This is the largest pellet size buckshot I have found for a 20 ga, but its only between #2 and #1 buck. 9 pellets of 00 weighs 1.10 oz and are .330" while these are .290" and weigh .750 oz. I cut one open to check it out. Affordable stuff though and prob great for home defense with little recoil."

Many shotgunners hold the 20 gauge shotgun in a special place in their hearts as many of them took their first shots with this gauge.  It remains the choice today for many hunters and competition shooters.

The 20 gauge began life as a muzzle loader with a 0.615 inch diameter bore. Just as the 10, 12 and 16 gauges evolved into being packaged in paper cartridges and then today's familiar plastic hulls, so too did the 20 gauge, the only difference being that 20 gauge hulls are colored yellow. The choice of yellow as the color for 20 gauge shells was intentional. The yellow color draws the attention of shooters who might have different shotguns in different gauges to make sure they don't accidentally load a 20 gauge shell in the wrong gun and ruin their shotgun or possibly harm themselves.

The 20 gauge is commonly employed to hunt birds and small game as well as that ever elusive clay pigeon. Hunters and competitors indicate that the number one reason for using the 20 gauge as opposed to the more powerful 12 and 16 gauges is recoil. The recoil of the 20 gauge is described by many shooters as about fifty percent of a 12 gauge when fired out of a shotgun of the same type. The 20 gauge enjoys another advantage in that the gun itself can be lighter than the large shotguns without worrying about an increase in recoil. 20 gauge shotguns can be lighter than an equivalent 12 gauge shotgun by one, two or even several pounds.

Some shooters argue that the 20 gauge is a less effective cartridge due to the lighter payload and smaller charge. Counter arguments can be made by presenting the stories of many successful hunts being made with 20 gauge shotguns on animals as diverse as dove and deer. Consider the 20 gauge slug as a perfect example of how much power is contained in this cartridge. Tn terms of ballistics, the 5/8 ounce slug of the 20 gauge exiting the muzzle with a velocity of about 1,500 feet per second is essentially the same as the .454 Casull.

Shooters today will find a wide variety of 20 gauge ammunition for their shotguns. Shot sizes available range from large buckshot on one end of the scale to diminutive #8 and #9 on the other end, pellets which are great for hunting small birds and shooting skeet. Federal and Winchester recognize the market potential and value of the 20 gauge for personal protection at home, and are include it in their product lines for self defense. The 20 gauge is a great choice for applications as different as bird hunting in the field or protecting your house.