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 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $67.99 Price

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    • 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
  2. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of 1 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $70.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Heavy Game
    • 28¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC202SI 7.5
    • UPC 50029465028911
  3. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 3/4 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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    $73.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 3/4 oz.
    • #7 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 29.2¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU WE20GT7
    • UPC 020892019034
  4. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
  5. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    72 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
  6. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    62 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
  7. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
  8. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 32¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU H200 6
    • UPC 029465072667
  9. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    67 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
  10. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

    77 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
  11. Winchester Super-x 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 3/4 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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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
  12. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
  13. Federal Ultra Clay & Field 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 1 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $8.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Heavy Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 34¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU UC202SI 8
    • UPC 029465028923
  14. Remington 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $8.99 Price

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    • 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
  15. Remington Gun Club Target Load 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot Ammunition

    73 In stock now
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    $8.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

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

    75 In stock now

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 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
  17. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 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
  18. Estate Cartridge 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 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
  19. Federal 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of #7 1/2 Shot Ammunition

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    $9.00 Price

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    • 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
  20. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #7 Shot (Steel) Ammunition

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    $9.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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

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    $9.60 Price
    • $9.25 each if you buy 5 -  save 4%

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Discount Shot
    • 37¢ to 38.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 20VIPH75
    • UPC 762344704777
  22. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $9.60 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Discount Shot
    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 38.4¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 20VIPH8
    • UPC 762344704753
  23. Federal Ultra 20 ga Ammo - 25 Rounds of 2-3/4" 7/8 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $9.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

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

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    $10.50 Price

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    • 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
  25. Winchester 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $10.99 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
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA208
    • UPC 020892004443
  26. Winchester AA Low Recoil Target 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #8 Shot Ammunition

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    $11.00 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • 7/8 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 44¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU AA20FL8
    • UPC 020892020825
  27. Winchester AA 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 7/8 oz. #9 Shot Ammunition

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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
  28. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #5 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
  29. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $12.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Upland Game
    • 1 oz.
    • #6 Shot Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 20HV6
    • UPC 762344700960
  30. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #8 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $12.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Upland Game
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #8 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 50¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 203HV8
    • UPC 762344707969
  31. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #6 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
  32. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #7-1/2 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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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
    • 50¢ to 53¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 203HV75
    • UPC 762344707952
  33. Spartan 20 Gauge Ammo - 250 Rounds of #1 Buck Ammunition

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    $134.99 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Spartan
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #1 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 54¢ Cost Per Round
    • Spartan SKU SA2000
    • UPC 8436534391840
  34. Fiocchi 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 1-1/4 oz. #4 Shot (Lead) Ammunition

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    $17.50 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Fiocchi
    • Shot
    • 1-1/4 oz.
    • #4 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 70¢ Cost Per Round
    • Fiocchi SKU 203GP4
    • UPC 762344702483
  35. Winchester Drylock 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3" 1 oz. #2 Shot Ammunition

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    $19.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Waterfowl
    • 1 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU XSM2032
    • UPC 020892008618
  36. Federal BlackCloud 20 Gauge Ammo - 25 Rounds of 3" 1 oz. #2 Shot Ammunition

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    $19.99 Price

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    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 25 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Waterfowl
    • 1 oz.
    • #2 Shot Bullet
    • 3" Shell Length
    • 80¢ Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU PWB209 2
    • UPC 029465027063
  37. Remington 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of #3 Buck Ammunition

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    $215.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Discount Buck Shot
    • #3 Buck Bullet
    • 2-3/4" Shell Length
    • 86¢ Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU 20B3
    • UPC 047700020259
  38. Winchester 20 ga Ammo - 250 Rounds of 3/4 oz. Rifled Slug Ammunition

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    $225.00 Price

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    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester

    • New Condition
    • 250 Rounds
    • Made by Winchester
    • Discount Slug
    • 90¢ Cost Per Round
    • Winchester SKU X20RSM5
    • UPC 020892006300
  39. Remington 20 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 5/8 oz. Rifled Slug Ammunition

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    $5.49 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Remington

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Remington
    • Slug
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Remington SKU SP20RS
    • UPC 047700021102
  40. Federal 20 ga Ammo - 5 Rounds of 3/4 oz. Rifled Slug Ammunition

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    $5.50 Price

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    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal

    • New Condition
    • 5 Rounds
    • Made by Federal
    • Discount Slug
    • $1.10 Cost Per Round
    • Federal SKU F203 RS
    • UPC 029465009953
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  • 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.