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Old 05-18-2010, 03:12 AM   #11
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It's not a question of can but rather a question of,,,, Why?
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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.
but in your thread it seemed like there was an advantage of 28ga shells all in one pocket over 12ga. As if someone couldn't fit a day long supply of 12ga. shells in one pocket. Now I know a hunter will be able to fit more 28's in his pocket over 12's.
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I know you're very knowledgeable 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.
Underfire: You're absolutely right--it's always comes down to personal preference, and I've always been a little out of the mainstream when it comes to shotguns. My first was a 16 gauge Mossberg Bolt Action--don't see those much anymore! I think I like the 28ga because it is a little unusual (except on the skeet range). I'm a SXS fan, and a 28ga SXS just looks so nice and feels so sweet (I was a big "Hunting with Hank" fan if you remember that show). However, I like all shotguns--a Remington 1100 Skeet B in 20 ga is one of my all time favorites. And, I do shoot 12ga in trap, and that was the first shotshell I ever re-loaded and my favorite shotgun (Rem 870) that I hunted rabbits with growing up. Plus every once in awhile I'll beat some young guy on the skeet range who is shooting a 12ga O/U with my 28 ga SXS--life doesn't get much better than that!
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but in your thread it seemed like there was an advantage of 28ga shells all in one pocket over 12ga. As if someone couldn't fit a day long supply of 12ga. shells in one pocket. Now I know a hunter will be able to fit more 28's in his pocket over 12's.
There is a big advantage in carrying 28 gauge shells over 12 gauge shell around and through the muck for several miles. Also your bluejeans pockets must be much larger than the ones we wear around here. Six 12 gauge shells is more than I would want in one pants pocket let alone a days supply.
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The 28 gauge has never been more popular.

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There is a big advantage in carrying 28 gauge shells over 12 gauge shell around and through the muck for several miles. Also your bluejeans pockets must be much larger than the ones we wear around here. Six 12 gauge shells is more than I would want in one pants pocket let alone a days supply.
ok, I see your point- Bluejeans...
The only time I wear bluejeans is when I'm working on the ranch and working/riding my horses. Bluejeans are uncomfortable to me. When hunting I wear camo huntin' pants that have roomy pockets. I don't see "a big advantage" in carrying 2 3/4" 28 gauge shells over 12 gauge through the muck for several miles, but we're all different with our likes & dislikes. With my hunting attire I can carry a long day's supply of 12ga. shells in one pant's pocket with no trouble what-so-ever.
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The 28 gauge has never been more popular.
Not to be argumentative, I see 28ga. models disappearing from production lines. Ruger has dropped the 28ga. from the Red Label line, Mossberg dropped the 28ga. from the Silver Reserve line and only offer an Onyx Reserve SXS in 28ga. Remington only offers two versions of the 1100 in 28ga. Winchester brought back the 20ga, but not the 28ga. Of all the new shotguns offered for 2010 only Benelli offers a new 28ga. model. I remember when the gun stores had 28ga's on the shelf ready for purchase, but now they are special order items. I see O/U with both barrels offered in 12, 20, 410, but not in 28ga. If an O/U has a 28ga. barrel the other barrel is offered in 20ga.

28 gauge is less popular and getting harder to find, IMO.
Maybe this is just in my neck of the woods, I don't know.
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The sub gauges go in and out of production all the time and have been forever. Rifles and pistols are whats hot right now. Lots of manufactures are shifting production to whats hot. Doesn't really speak to true popularity of any said caliber or gauge but more to what people think they had better buy now before it is outlawed in one way or another.

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The sub gauges go in and out of production all the time and have been forever. Rifles and pistols are whats hot right now. Lots of manufactures are shifting production to whats hot. Doesn't really speak to true popularity of any said caliber or gauge but more to what people think they had better buy now before it is outlawed in one way or another.
ok, I can agree with that...like all things, time will tell.
Thanks for the discussion.
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The cover of this month's Shooting Times: The new Benelli Legacy 28ga

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The cover of this month's Shooting Times: The new Benelli Legacy 28ga
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Of all the new shotguns offered for 2010 only Benelli offers a new 28ga. model.
I really wonder how it's goin' to do in today's market.
Like A5Mag12 said, "Rifles and pistols are whats hot right now."
and with a MSRP of $1989 yikes!!
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