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Hey everyone, I just have a question. My son and husband want me to shoot in 2 gun competitions with them and my hubby suggested that I check into a 28 gauge shotgun but I can't seem to find any gun manufacturers that currently make them. I'm interested in a pump our local gun store has a Savage over and under but I'm looking for a pump. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks in advance!
 

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I dont think your ging to find a 28 gauge in a pump gun. Mostly what you will find is over/unders, doubles or single shots.
Thanks That is what I seem to be running into. My son is also researching for a download from what he is running in his H&R 20 gauge. He has a youth shotgun so maybe with some practice with it I'll be fine.:D
 

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The Remington 870 was made in 28 gauge, It will take a little searching on your part but they are out there, as are the 1100 semi auto's. I would suggest nothing smaller than a 20 gauge however as the 28 gives up some shot to the 20 so patterns will be less dense and ammo cost and availability can be a real problem. My suggestion would be a Beretta 390 in 20 gauge.
 

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The Remmy 870 and Browning BPS were both made in 28 gauge. Look around Gunbroker and other online sources....you're bound to find one.

Any reason you cannot go with a 20? Reason I ask is because shells are MUCH cheaper and easier to find. As the owner of two 16 gauges...I would suggest sticking with a 12 or 20 unless you really dig scrounging for shells and paying alot more.

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If your a big trap competitor you'll have an over under 28 gauge, my uncle (bad man, great shot) spent I think 12k on his last one, or maybe that was two ago...

IF your worried about recoil, get a 28" Vent ribbed remington 1100 in 20 gauge, should be about the same kick, you can get a recoil pad, ports installed and so on. Now those are heavier, so if recoil doesn't matter too much to you but weight does (if you get tired you might not be having fun anymore) then yeah get the over under, but I'd still push for a 20 gauge.

28s are nice, but you better be a slightly better shot than me. Of course I learned how to shoot with a single barrel breach .410 for dove in Texas, learned with moving targets (So I'm not a great shot, but I am fast) So it can be done.

Two websites for you. GunBroker.com Online Gun Auction and RiverOfGuns.com

My suggestion something like this or get it for a lot less in 20 (I'd buy used personally, but make sure it has removeable chokes.) I wouldn't buy a 28 gauge over under without feeling it first seems like a very bad idea.http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.asp?Item=125974738
 

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I second the 1100 in 20 gauge. My brother has one and yes, its a VERY gentile kicker and surprisigly reliable. It also points very well for a midrange production gun.

Unless you're dead set on it....I'd skip the 28 and go for a nice 20 like the 1100.

If you have more cake to spend, Benelli and Beretta also make some very nice light recoiling 20 gauge autos.

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We have a few 28 gauge shottys- 2 Parkers and a Fox.
They are all so insanely expensive they are safe queens deluxe.
Someday we'll sell them.
28 is useless and elite (that's what Cheney shot his friend with), go 20 as suggested above.
Also, 410 suck for clays IMHO.
 

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We have a few 28 gauge shottys- 2 Parkers and a Fox.
They are all so insanely expensive they are safe queens deluxe.
Someday we'll sell them.
28 is useless and elite (that's what Cheney shot his friend with), go 20 as suggested above.
Also, 410 suck for clays IMHO.
I have a 870 28ga Wingmaster, and it is hardly useless, or elite. It is a fun gun for skeet, and sporting clays, but its primary use is as a Quail gun.

There is really not much, if any, disadvantage to a 28ga vs a 20ga, other than ammo availability, and cost. Since I reload it really doesn't matter.

For the OP, either a 20ga or 12ga, would probably be a better choice. Many small framed women have no problem with a 12ga, if it fits them properly, and with the right load. A lot of people think that a 20ga kicks
worse, probably because most 20ga guns are a lot lighter than their 12ga counterparts.
 

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You are right.. they are not useless at all.
In fact, we love shooting them but the cost is staggering.
They point and have balance like none other, but they are so valuable that we just keep them away as investments as they were inherited.
I'd be pretty psyched to have a rough and tumble 28 that points like the Parker that I could afford to shoot.
 

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Hey everyone, I just have a question. My son and husband want me to shoot in 2 gun competitions with them and my hubby suggested that I check into a 28 gauge shotgun but I can't seem to find any gun manufacturers that currently make them. I'm interested in a pump our local gun store has a Savage over and under but I'm looking for a pump. I would appreciate any help you can give me. Thanks in advance!
another thing id i hope you reload cause last i looked 28 ga are right at 20 bucks per box? look for a 20 ga something for yourself, ive even used 12 ga 1100 and use the lite ammo, it wont be bad at all, so how are the 2guns in ztown ill have to get down i didnt go last time , the weather wasnt to good? but i have shot there many of times:D
 

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If you reload your own ammo, 28 gauge is the best for skeet, in my opinion. Enough lead to hit the bird, but not enough lead to break the bank.
Thanks everyone I think I'm going to stick with the 20ga. My son has a youth H&R from New England Arms and it has an 18 inch barrel very light. I appreciate evryone's suggestions.:grin:
 

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Thanks everyone I think I'm going to stick with the 20ga. My son has a youth H&R from New England Arms and it has an 18 inch barrel very light. I appreciate evryone's suggestions.:grin:
only draw back i see is a single shot in a timed match? sure kicks your butt in the clock dept? maybe yu could round up a mossberg 500 youth 20 ga? sure have to make a better time hahaha? maybe ill run into you next month there i hope to make it down there some this summer, just cost of ammo and fdrivin 60 miles one way to get there:roll:
 

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only draw back i see is a single shot in a timed match? sure kicks your butt in the clock dept? maybe yu could round up a mossberg 500 youth 20 ga? sure have to make a better time hahaha? maybe ill run into you next month there i hope to make it down there some this summer, just cost of ammo and fdrivin 60 miles one way to get there:roll:
H&R is making pump guns now, they're called the "Pardner" or something like that. They're supposed to be decent little guns.
 

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You can easily get light 20 gauge loads that are as gentile and effective as the 28 gauge. If you reload...ditto...you can load the 20 light like the 28 and get the same results.

Unless you just absolutely LOVE the gauge, yes, the 20 makes more sense.

I understand liking a gauge that makes no sense - I have two 16 gauges....but...I admit they cost more to shoot and ammo is not always as easy to find, as plentiful or comes in a wide variety. If you're willing to put up with this...knock yourself out an get the 28.

Otherwise, there are some really nice, light and easy-swinging 20 gauges out there if you look around. My dad has two Beretta 20s, a SxS and a 686 O/U and both are very light and a total joy to shoot.

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H&R make superb firearms. Really amazing.
If one shot is enough, there is nothing that compares on a value basis.
My H&R .308 Survivor is a sub-MOA setup with optics that was less than $300 on the whole build.
Love H&R.
 
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