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#6823555 - 07/15/17 03:55 PM Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail
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Just wondering who here has used 28 ga on wild birds? What is your experience? How does it compare to 20 ga with regard to performance?

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#6823561 - 07/15/17 04:01 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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Lots of people use a 28 on quail. I plan to use mine this year I have stepped up to #7 shot where #8 in 20 puts them down hard, going from 7/8 oz, 20 to 3/4 oz. 28. I do roll my own by the way, If my skeet shooting doesn't get any better I may need an 1 1/4 oz. 12 blush
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#6823607 - 07/15/17 05:00 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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I have some 1oz. #6 for my 28, knocks 'em dead. If you have to walk a lot, you can't beat a 28. I usually carry the 28 for back up if I'm riding

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#6823638 - 07/15/17 05:36 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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The shells cost twice as much. You can load the 20 with the same amount of shot. Good new thread.
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#6823743 - 07/15/17 07:28 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: bill oxner]
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I shot a 20ga all my life till about 8 or 9 years ago. My experience is that I can miss them just as well with a 28ga. But it's light and carries better.

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#6823828 - 07/15/17 08:58 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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Your right Bill, the shells are more expensive. But I don't shoot that much anymore. I've got shotgun ammo in my closet from several years ago.

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#6823907 - 07/15/17 10:49 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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I use mine some every year, 28 gauge 1100. I just hate hunting for the ejects. They have the same speed as a 12 gauge so messes me up a little on leading if taking a longer shot(usually shoot a 20 gauge). That is more of an issue with dove hunting than quail.
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#6823952 - 07/16/17 12:27 AM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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You will usually shoot better with a .28 on small birds. (due to very low recoil you make more second shots. Pattern is about the same as a .20. ) Most good skeet shooters shoot .28 better than any other gauge. The downside is the cost of shells due to the the lower production. I used to shoot a 1100 .28 --almost no recoil but the hulls were impossible to find. Now I go with an over and under.
If you reload you can shoot .28 for about the same price as a .20. Since you really don't shoot that much over pointed birds, the cost new of shells per year is not as bad as one would think. If you can kill quail with a .20 or a .12 you will find that you can kill as many with a .28. 7.5 or 8 shot is all you need.

I also use a .28 on pointed pheasants and prairie grouse. But due to the cost of shells, I shoot a .20 on doves. Driven pheasants are another matter, but it doesn't matter since I don't bother with them because there is no dog involved.

As Bill points out, you can load a .28 or even a .12 with handloads that approximate the amount of shot and the low recoil a .28 has--however, you will still be carrying a heavier gun in the field.


Edited by Mundo (07/16/17 12:28 AM)

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#6824022 - 07/16/17 08:09 AM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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There are plenty of 20 gage guns at 6 pounds. 28s come in at 5 3/4. I don't see 1/4 oz enough to justify

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#6824024 - 07/16/17 08:12 AM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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I reload so 28 gauge costs a little less than other gauges. Currently, they cost less than $3.50 per box.

I have two that I use, 3/4 oz. 7.5s at 1200 fps. Choked IC and IC. Works great on quail. And recoil is minimal.
I also load a 7/8 oz. with 5s at 1275 fps. Choked IC and Mod. Works great on pheasant that flush fairly close.
For longer shots on pheasant, I move up to 20 gauge.

My 28 gauge guns weigh in at under 5.5 lbs., which makes them easy to tote all day long.
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#6824101 - 07/16/17 10:05 AM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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If you hit the bird you get him , if you miss him you won't .

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#6824166 - 07/16/17 12:20 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: nate33]
pharmvet Offline
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Originally Posted By: nate33
If you hit the bird you get him , if you miss him you won't .


Same can be said about a Pellet gun.


Edited by pharmvet (07/16/17 12:21 PM)

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#6824507 - 07/16/17 06:50 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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I bought a Franchi Instict SL in 20 instead of going down to 28 for long walks. 5.4lbs of 20ga with cheap and highly available ammo.

I still want a 28 though. loco
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#6824645 - 07/16/17 09:33 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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I buy 28 ga flats at my local gun club for $75. About $10 more than a flat of 20 ga. I like to shoot 28 ga and I guess $1 a box doesn't make much of a difference to me when I don't usually shoot more than a box per day. As mentioned above, I always shoot dove with a 20 ga, because I'll go dove hunting 4 days a week.

As for the performance of the gun...I don't notice a bit of difference between it and a 20.
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#6825789 - 07/17/17 11:01 PM Re: Anyone here have experience with 28 ga on wild quail [Re: pharmvet]
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What's up fellas. It's been awhile since I've had a chance to throw out my 2cents. Hahaha. 28 gauge, love it, bought one for my kiddo to quail hunt in a yildiz O/U and my wife took it over. Light, shoots good, what more could you ask for. Yea the shells are expensive, but hey, there's a trade off. As for me, I love my 20 gauge. I kill, pheasant, duck, quail, anything with it. But just maybe I see a SxS yildiz 28 gauge in my future! Good luck this year and hope your hounds are ready like mine are!

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