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New 28ga over/under. Now what?

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by Wing Rider, Nov 3, 2019.

  1. Wing Rider

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    Well, I just received a new Tristar Over/Under 28ga shotgun. When looking around for shotshells, I noticed that there is a fairly limited options and at at much higher cost. I am unsure whether I will sell it and get a 12ga or keep it and possible reload for the 28ga. I was really looking to get a 12ga so that I could use it for duck hunting. Any thoughts on the 28ga? I have never known anyone that has owned a 28ga.
    Ray
     
  2. Ohen Cepel

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    Likely best to find what it likes and order a case online. Target Sports USA has a "prime" deal where they will ship you anything for a year for free after you buy the prime membership. IF they sell 28ga that may be worth a look so you can try some different loads. Also, check ammoseek if you haven't.
     
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    28 ga can be reloaded fairly cost effectively since it is thrifty on shot and powder when compared to 12 ga. Buy good quality shells for a source of hulls to reload.

    I shoot lots of 28 ga skeet and buy Winchester AA shells. They have a pretty good life when reloaded.

    While I shot my first pheasant with a 28 ga when as a child I was hunting with my Dad, I'll agree the 28 ga is more suited to smaller targets.
     
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  5. George P

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    Walmart will have your best selection on 28 gauge target ammo. Academy and similar will have the better choices for hunting ammo. Reloading is your best bet - use the Winchester AA hulls for best performance. With the right ammo, the 28 is very capable; the limiting factor is range
     
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    If ammunition wasn’t so expensive or I was richer I’d own a 28 gauge.
     
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    Don't worry, you won't own that one for long...
     
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  8. eastbank

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    try to find a used mec 650 press and start to reload, it will cost less to load 28ga than bigger gages. I use a mec 9000 to load 28 ga using sts Remington cases and load 7/8 0z to 3/4 0z loads to 1225 fps.
     
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  9. guyfromohio

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    It’s actually a very versatile chambering. I love it for dove in particular.
     
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  10. George P

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    Even a MEC Jr (cheaper than the 650) will be good enough for hunting loads. I prefer the Universal Charge bar so I can dial in exactly what I want without the need for a lot of powder bushing or shot charge bars. I woulds also add the autoprimer feed; it speeds things up well enough, I can load 4-6 boxes in an hour, including being boxed up.
     
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  11. George P

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    Buying components oin bulk, you can reload 28 gauge ammo for about $3.50/box. You can't buy 12 or 20 cheap stuff for that
     
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    Don't be surprised if you like that 28ga. I started shooting 28Ga about a year ago and haven't touched my 12 ga since. The 28ga spoiled me. George P helped me greatly with advice on how to start reloading my own 28ga. I keep the used hulls in a plastic 5 gallon bucket until I am ready to load a batch in the garage during winter months when the humidity is low. But even if George didn't teach me, the ammo isn't a deal breaker. Going out to eat at a restaurant these days costs more than a few boxes of ammo.
     
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  13. Riomouse911

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    If you’re looking to hunt ducks or geese, as the guys have said the limited amount of shot that can fit into a 28 ga hull makes big-bird waterfowl hunting with a 28 dicey.

    As also stated above, I also find the 28 about perfect for a dove-quail-rabbit gun, and if ranges are close, pheasant with the larger shot-high base loads. (I have a Ruger Red Label 28” o/u and a Browning BPS 28” pump in 28 ga.)

    I don’t reload the 28 (or any shotgun shells for that matter) and yes the box of 25 is pricier than standard 12/20 gauge target stuff. But the ease of carrying the svelte guns, the fun of the hunt and the feeling of using something a bit different than the masses more than makes up for the roughly 4 bucks a box (+/-) difference. (I also shoot 16 ga, pretty much the same feelings there as well :thumbup:)

    Give the 28 a whorl, I think you’ll become hooked and keep it for field and clay target use... and you’ll find another good 12 to fulfill that duck/goose requirement. :)

    Stay safe.
     
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  14. George P

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    Glad I could help!
     
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    I found a Mec 650 at a flea market for $20. Conversion kit was $55 at the time.
    I typically load only 1oz game loads or 3/4oz skeet/trap loads.

    I’m set up for the skeet/trap loads. If I’m loading the 1oz loads , I use parts of a Lee Classic loader and only set wads, size, prime, and crimp with the press.

    I adore the 28ga. If it was legal, I’d load #3buck, and Round Ball slugs and use it for deer. Our regs specifically prohibit.410 and 28ga.
    Soooo, I use the 20 for those tasks.
    BTW, my 28 is a Rem 870 SA skeet w/choke tubes. Beautiful piece.
     
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    12 ga is the most versatile. 20 ga still usable for most game, including ducks. 28 ga.... well you have a really nice bunny popper. Doves quail, snipe or grouse if you live where there is a huntable population. Skeet is also fun with a 28 ga.

    Most everything around here needs a 12 ga. with at least a 3" chamber. Auto loader is also popular. When there's ̶l̶e̶a̶d̶ steel in the air there's hope.
     
  17. George P

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    Obviously, you have little experience with a 28. When you find a great gun and a good load, your attitude will change. The 28 is magical, not just in its mystique, but in its application
     
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  18. cdb1

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    I reload 6.5x55 and used to reload.38 Special and .45 ACP. I know many people enjoy the process but I don’t. Four years ago or so I entertained the thought of shotshell reloading specifically to be able to use TSS shot on turkey but ultimately decided to have a friend I trust do it since turkey hunting is so low volume. I just flat out don’t enjoy reloading so if I ever get a 28 gauge I’ll strictly be purchasing shells.
     
  19. Riomouse911

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    I hear you, I just don’t have time or desire to reload shotshells...yet . Maybe I’ll get the bug someday.

    At my LGS I saw 28 for 9.99 a box today, 16 was 9.99 and 3” .410 (another pricy one I shoot) starting at 8.99 a box. 12 and 20 were starting at 6.99. Cases of Herters and Bachieri & Pellagri target shotshells in 28 are very reasonable, stock up when shipping is free and you’ll be ok for ammo for a while :thumbup:.

    Stay safe.
     
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  20. cdb1

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    I’ve read many good things about B&P shotshells from people whose opinions I trust.
     
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  21. George P

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    Then wait for when Winchester does their $2/box rebate (good for 50 boxes, or 5 flats). If you time it with a sale, you should be able to get a decent price for the factory ammo. AND if you do decide to shoot the Win AA in 28, those once-fired empties are good for .12 - .15/each to a reloader like a skeet or sporting clays shooter.
     
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  22. cdb1

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    Got it.
     
  23. GE-Mini-Gun

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    It's interesting to me that all the reloaders that loaded for 12 that no longer do so because they purchased a 28ga. I reload a 3/4oz 12 load that absolutely smokes clays out to about 35 yards, past that I'm getting hit but no smoke. The really nice thing about the 3/4oz load it the ease of doing it...I hate 28 and 410 loading, the 12 it just nicer to load.
     
  24. George P

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    I reload 3/4 for both 12 and 20, which is why all of my 28s went away. Even hunting plantation quail, my 3/4oz 20s did the trick.
     
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  25. GE-Mini-Gun

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    Yep...wife started shooting skeet with me, purchased a 20ga gun she liked and once the components show up it will be 3/4 loads for that as well.
     
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