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Discussion in 'General Shotgun Discussion' started by Kimber45, May 14, 2010.
Hi, I've a 28 gage that I love for upland game birds, any body else?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
It's not a question of can but rather a question of,,,, Why?
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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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.
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!
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.
The 28 gauge has never been more popular.
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.
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.
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.
The cover of this month's Shooting Times: The new Benelli Legacy 28ga
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!!