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Old 05-14-2010, 05:42 AM   #1
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Hi, I've a 28 gage that I love for upland game birds, any body else?

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Old 05-14-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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Yes, I have had three, and they are fun guns for skeet and birds. I have hunted quail and dove with mine, but the first two were strictly fair weather guns - doubles. I have an 1100 in 28 gauge now so I can use it for everything, because I can take it apart down to the last washer and clean and dry it if I have to. Recoil is just brutal though.

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Never found the need for a 28 gauge. With all the different designed 12ga. loads my needs are covered. Some talk through mfg. reps is that 28ga. is a dying gauge, although new for 2010 Benelli released a 28ga. semi-auto.Shows potential, but I wonder how it'll do in todays market?

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I couldn't afford to shoot a 28ga! my favorite bird gun is my 16ga side by side. It points like it's an extension of my body.

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My favorite gauge! Have Browning O/U for sporting clays, SKB 385 Sporting SXS, Remington 870, and 28 ga tubes for a 20 gauge SxS. I reload on a PW reloader, so save a bunch on shells. The first gun I pick up going to the range, and a great upland bird gun.

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I love my 28's. I have a 48 AL and a Model-12. I shoot mine quite a bit duck hunting. A 5lb 4oz auto loader and a day long supply of shells in one pants pocket. You can't get any where close to that with a 12.

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A 5lb 4oz auto loader and a day long supply of shells in one pants pocket. You can't get any where close to that with a 12.
Of course a 12ga. can't compete against a 28ga. in weight, but 12ga. light-weight models have been around for several years and now with durable synthetic stocks & fore-ends, aluminum receivers, etc 12ga. auto's have even gotten lighter. The average weight of most 12ga's is less than 7LBS.
For a pound and a few ounces there's really not much of a weight advantage to talk about. BTW, I can keep a day long supply of 12ga. shells in one pants pocket.
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Of course a 12ga. can't compete against a 28ga. in weight, but 12ga. light-weight models have been around for several years and now with durable synthetic stocks & fore-ends, aluminum receivers, etc 12ga. auto's have even gotten lighter. The average weight of most 12ga's is less than 7LBS.
For a pound and a few ounces there's really not much of a weight advantage to talk about. BTW, I can keep a day long supply of 12ga. shells in one pants pocket.
It's really about looks and balance--yes, you can get lightweight 12 gauges, but they don't handle anything like a properly proportioned 28 gauge. Especially in a side by side, there's just nothing that balances as nice yet hits with enough authority for all upland birds. Do you need one? No, but once you have one it will probably become your favorite shotgun.
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, I can keep a day long supply of 12ga. shells in one pants pocket.
It's not a question of can but rather a question of,,,, Why?
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It's really about looks and balance--yes, you can get lightweight 12 gauges, but they don't handle anything like a properly proportioned 28 gauge. Especially in a side by side, there's just nothing that balances as nice yet hits with enough authority for all upland birds. Do you need one? No, but once you have one it will probably become your favorite shotgun.
Missileman,
I know you're very knowledgable about shotguns. I have had some good conversations in the past with you. I've shot & messed with 28ga.'s in the past, but they didn't impress me enough to get one.
Outside of SXS (I understand your point), semi-auto's look the same, just different size & weight. Balance does help with swing & handling, but there's some well balanced 12 & 20 ga's out there. Hey, we're all different and like what we like. I think I'm too much of a 12ga. man to have a 28ga. as my favorite shotgun, but that's just me. I believe if I ever saw a 12ga. as too much gun for a particular hunt I would go with a 20ga. instead.

28ga. shotguns have been out for a very long time, but I see more & more 28ga's dropped from mfg's production model line up.
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