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What can I do with a 28 gauge?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by 5ptdeerhunter, Jan 18, 2003.

  1. 5ptdeerhunter

    5ptdeerhunter Well-Known Member

    I just got a New England Firearms Pardner 20 gauge and I can get some other shotgun barrels. I already have a 10, two 12's and one 16 gauge, and I would like to have a 28 gauge and a .410 too, but I just don't know what I would use a 28 gauge for. What are some things they are good for?

    Thanks, fivept
  2. 45Badger

    45Badger Well-Known Member

    28s make very nice grouse & woodcock guns. Not too sure about the NEF Partner as a bird gun.
  3. Marshall

    Marshall Well-Known Member

    Decent quail gun

    HSMITH Well-Known Member

    28 is more than enough for pheasant over a pointing dog. Crows too. Skeet targets and sporting clays are well suited to a repeating 28 ga.
  5. sm

    sm member

    28 ga is one of those sweet secrets-shsssh!
    payload to bore is very efficient
    Caution, never shoot a true 28 bore double gun, the next thing you notice is a serious addiction and reduced $ in bank--a good thing IMO
  6. Dave McCracken

    Dave McCracken Moderator In Memoriam

    I'd consider the 28 gauge as a legitimate sporting tool for 30 yard maximum shots on most game birds. Think of it as a small 20 gauge more than a big 410. And, I'd want a hair more choke to compensate for the smaller shot charge. IOW, a shot that would be good with a IC 12 gauge load, even an oz, might need an increment more of constriction with a 28.Of course, this reduces the size of the effective pattern. Tradeoffs...

    A 28 Gauge Pardner would not be the ideal bird gun, even in close cover, but what a nice little toting shotgun it'd be. Sounds like a great small game shotgun.


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