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20 gauge vs. 28

Postby Bill in Oregon » Wed Jul 12, 2017 10:35 am

Those who have field experience with both gauges, what is your take on the 28 for upland work?
I've shot the 20 off and on for decades, but only have shot a few clays with the 28.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby AverageGuy » Wed Jul 12, 2017 1:42 pm

If I want to go small gauge I prefer a 28 gauge. I have two them that weigh 5 lbs and they are fun. Otherwise I carry a 6 lb 12 gauge. The 28 has a short shot string and kills better than the gauge implies is my view. I think the 28 gauge performs closer to the 20 gauge (23/4), than a 20 gauge performs compared to a 12 gauge.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby Bill in Oregon » Wed Jul 12, 2017 2:18 pm

Thanks AG. Just the kind of information I was looking for.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby blue04 » Wed Jul 12, 2017 9:44 pm

I've never killed anything but clays with a 28 gauge. But I wouldn't hesitate to try one for upland.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby stubblejumper » Sat Jul 15, 2017 9:39 am

I have killed around 200 pheasant, chukar, grouse and Hungarian partridge with my 28 gauge shotguns, and I have shot well over 10,000 rounds at skeet with the 28 gauge, and it has become my favorite gauge to carry and shoot.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby Willie T » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:18 pm

Over pointed birds out to 30 yards you won't see much difference. From 30-40 yards when you step up to 3" shells the 20 is more effective. Carrying 5 lb 28 is enjoyable. Hunting quail in texas I have seen guys with 28's hold their own alongside 20's.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby USMC » Tue Aug 08, 2017 6:35 pm

I enjoy my 28gauge,

Its not the arrow its the indian....
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby Urban_Redneck » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:58 am

1. There is no magic in shotshells.

2. Most birds are missed by feet, not inches.

3. The laws of physics and ballistics apply to all projectiles without regard to the size of the hole it launched from.

4. Buy either one and there will be days, you'll wish you bought the other.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby AverageGuy » Fri Aug 11, 2017 1:05 pm

No magic, but it is irrefutable that more shot in a pattern increase the likelihood of lethal hits on the target assuming the pattern is still good. And more powder pushes the payload faster which can add to penetration if the pattern is not blown. A larger bore handles more shot without blowing the pattern. Shooting a 10 gauge alongside a 3.5 inch 12 gauge easily demonstrates that reality and the same applies all up and down the line of loads and gauges.

I have killed somewhere in 4 figures of game farm birds with a 28 gauge and enjoy it a bunch in that setting. But claims that larger gauges and payloads are not more effective is nonsense. The counter to that, which makes sense, is dead is dead, so if the smaller gauge is getting it done, no need for something larger.

I find 20 and 28 gauges in 23/4 shells to be so closely matched that I prefer the 28 gauge if not carrying my 12 gauge.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby orhunter » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:58 pm

My 28 is built on a 20 format so it's more like packing a gun rather than a toy. I think there are several 28's built likewise and I think a person should favor such a gun.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby 3drahthaars » Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:04 pm

I have no experience with a 28, but I've never shot any upland game with anything but a 20ga including pheasant, sharptail, and quail.

Physics indicates that shot size and velocity determine lethality.

Bore size slightly limits the payload.

So, the only real difference is the number of shot and how your gage patterns.

That's how I'd make my decision... and, if you go the 28 it's a real savings to re-load!!!

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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby stubblejumper » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:02 am

orhunter wrote:My 28 is built on a 20 format so it's more like packing a gun rather than a toy. I think there are several 28's built likewise and I think a person should favor such a gun.


I actually refer a 28 gauge gun built on a scaled frame , rather than on a slightly heavier 20 gauge frame, but the difference isn't significant. As for packing a toy, the effectiveness of a 28 gauge on game birds, quickly erases any notion that it's a toy.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Aug 14, 2017 11:50 am

I have Benelli Legacy Lightweight Auto 28 that weighs 5 lbs. and a Franchi Veloce 28 with a straight grip stock that also weight 5 lbs. I really like them, particularly the Franchi.

I do have to be deliberate on a hard crossing shot, but being older and slower, the positive tradeoff is they are wonderful to carry, really fast to the shoulder and fast to get moving towards the target. Win AA Super Sports in 7.5s is my favorite Dove, Quail, Target load. Fichoci Golden Pheasant Nickel 6s work excellent on game farm roosters. When the shots are close the 28 is pure fun.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby gwp4me2 » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:16 pm

I had a 28 o/u that I really liked for everything but wild pheasants. I also quit carrying it for chukars because chukar hunting will beat up a gun. I traded for the gun used and it came with like 25 boxes of shells so I never had to buy any. I use a lot of shots while training and so the 20 gets way more use not to mention the 2 20's I have are less expensive guns so I don't have to stop and cry for the gun after taking a fall on a rock slide.
On the wild pheasants just because you are hunting over pointing dogs doesn't mean the bird will come up under your feet. I only carried the .28 one time and after hitting a couple roosters that kept flying I quit and switched to something that held more pellets. Hate hitting and losing birds more than anything.
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Re: 20 gauge vs. 28

Postby AverageGuy » Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:45 pm

I gladly carry a 6 lb 12 gauge when hunting wild roosters.
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