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Old October 15, 2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Girlfriend & 28 gauge

We shoot sporting clays. She had been shooting an 11-87 (12 gauge) that I had cut down to fit her(she is small & slight build). It was too heavy & awkward for her to shoot well. I let her try my Citori 28 & she liked it, too much! So I had to buy her one as she shoots lefthanded(master eye thing) & I right. Had it cut down & cast changed for her. She loves it & we can use the same gauge shells! Yes,I know that you can't shoot sporting clays with a 28, but yes you can!
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Old October 15, 2009, 06:35 PM   #2
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Of COURSE you can shoot sporting with a 28 - it's some of the most fun you can have with your clothes on!

Reloading really helps with the cost of the cartridges

Added after BigJim - to compensate for the lighter charge, choke up a little more than you would with a 12 - if a target would get an IC in 12, use a LM or M

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Old October 15, 2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Sure you can shoot Sporting Clays with a 28ga ..... ( you will have a little handicap, if you get some targets beyond 50 yards), but there usually aren't that many of those, at least at local shoots.

Even if I shoot a 12ga at sporting / my primary load is 1 oz at about 1225 fps - so 3/4 oz in a 28ga really isn't that big a drop-off.

Like OneOunce, I like the 28ga a lot ....and I reload it too.
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Old October 16, 2009, 01:24 PM   #4
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I'm also a big fan of the 28-ga. I like to say it recoils like a .410 and has the punch a 20-ga. Okay, the truth be told: perhaps a pinch more recoil than a .410 and a pinch less punch than a 20-ga.

The only problem with the 28-ga is that not enough folks shoot it, so the limited demand keeps ammo costs high. Like my friends 1-oz and BigJim, I recommend you consider reloading if you are going to shoot the 28-ga with any regularity.
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Old October 16, 2009, 02:33 PM   #5
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Was meandering through the local wally world - they still had some 28 on the shelf - for $10.87/box.....Now it WAS the AA super sporting stuff at 1300fps.....(which I bought a few years ago for a mere $55/flat and still have two left)

But when I can buy Kemen's for $55 or less in a 1oz 7-1/2 3-2/4 DE, I can see why folks might shy away from the 28. If it wasn't for skeeters and quail/dove hunters, I suspect it would be somewhere between 16 and 10 in availability
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Old October 16, 2009, 02:53 PM   #6
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I saw some Remington STS 28ga the other day ( 3/4 oz, 9's, 3 Dram EQ ) - and they were $ 15.95 a box .....(but they had a 10% discount for a case too) - but still $ 14.35 a box .....even in case lots.

even Estate 28ga ( which is junk, in my opinion ) was $ $13.75 or so a box ...

there just isn't any cheap 28ga shells around anymore .
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Old October 16, 2009, 03:20 PM   #7
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Here's Fiocchi's for 6.99 in case lots:

http://www.ableammo.com/catalog/prod...ducts_id=89261

PLUS shipping
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Old October 16, 2009, 09:02 PM   #8
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Oh yes, I reload 28 gauge at 1150 fps. Several guys at our gunclub are shooting 28's now for sporting clays. It is unbelievable how far out that you can break birds with an IC choke.
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Old October 16, 2009, 09:11 PM   #9
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Oh yes, I reload 28 gauge at 1150 fps. Several guys at our gunclub are shooting 28's now for sporting clays. It is unbelievable how far out that you can break birds with an IC choke.
Ain't it amazing?.....and a LM does even better......
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Old October 17, 2009, 06:45 AM   #10
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re;Jeremiah/AZ

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So I had to buy her one as she shoots lefthanded(master eye thing) & I right. Had it cut down & cast changed for her.
You bought your girlfriend a 28 gauge Citori! Does this generosity run in your family? I can't get my wife to buy me a box of .22 ammo for my birthday. If you and your girlfriend ever part ways, please PM me ASAP. I am married and straight, but what the heck, free Browning Shotguns and, you know the rest.
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Old October 17, 2009, 06:50 AM   #11
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The only problem with the 28-ga is that not enough folks shoot it, so the limited demand keeps ammo costs high.
I really believe that the popularity of the .410 and 28 gauge are backwards. Why can .410 shotguns be found in many gun safes and 28's are as common as honest politicians? You have two shells with similar payloads, one throws out viable patterns, the other patterns more like a full-auto rifle.

Some things in the shooting world make little sense.
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