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Pvt. Joker
August 22, 2002, 09:09 PM
Hey guys,
Have a few questions...

I was out shooting sporting clays with my buddies the other day. I had my Browning Gold Hunter Auto, my first gun ever. I love it, although I felt like a real dork...

Reason is, all my buddies ethier had .410's or 28 ga's, Of course I beat them all, but its no fun racing a Escort when you drive a Corvette.

They all shoot pumps, I never was a big pump fan, I grouse hunt ALOT, and I love my auto. So here I sit, wanting a small bore auto loading shotgun. I thought they didn't exsist. Then I stumble on the Remington 1100 in .410, or 28 ga... This is the gun I want. Probably the 28ga as I'll be using it for grouse, pheasant, dove, and rabbits. Any recomendations? Maybe someday I'll own both? Well, before I get ahead of myself...

Are these things realiable? Do they work? I've been known to get off 5 rounds pretty fast with my Browning, Can I do this with an 1100? Are they gas operated, or recoil? Do they have the screw type chokes?

Where can I find one of these things? Are they currently in production? Do all the 1100's have that fancy engraving? Personally, I prefer a smooth reciever. Not really sure why, just do.

Did browning ever make a small bore auto that woudn't put me back 2 grand? I love my current Browning...

I know, I know alot of questions, but I would love some answers, grouse hunting opens in less than a month, and I've got a big bonus coming from work!

Thanks guys!


Dave McC
August 23, 2002, 06:01 AM
28 gauge 1100s are around but they're not common. Good shotguns, gas operated and reliable. Some are equipped with Remchokes, more are older skeet guns with jsut a bit of choke. A Skeet 1100 in 28 gauge will make a nice ruffed grouse tool.

Like many older hunters,I've serious reservations about using 410s on stuff that can suffer. Get the 28 gauge, which can whack then deadernh*ll if you do your part.

August 23, 2002, 07:28 AM
Listen to Dave. use the 28 gauge for hunting if you intend to go after bunnies and grouse. I do use a .410 for doves, but I pick my shots. You give up a lot of range with the .410. The 28 gauge is a better hunting gun.

For clay targets, however, the .410 is a real gas!


Pvt. Joker
August 26, 2002, 11:49 PM
Anyone else have any opinions? Sounds like I'm going to go with the Remington 1100 28ga.

Anyone else have any opinions?

I've found one at a local gun shop for 695.00 Is this a good price?


August 27, 2002, 12:04 AM
The 28 doesn't give up much, if anything, compared to a 20, but you'll notice the difference in selection & prices most places.

A consideration.

August 27, 2002, 06:20 AM
The 28 GA 1100 is a sweet gun. They are available and dealers can get them. They are not cheap however. $695 sounds about right if it is a new "Sporting Clays" model.

It is gas operated.

Franchi makes a 28 GA auto also. If you can find one! Lighter than the 1100 but operates on the blowback principle. Although with 28 this in not a problem.


Pvt. Joker
August 27, 2002, 07:04 AM
Damn.... Thats another interesting choice.

Looks to be a fine piece of equipment. What does one of those go for? 5.4lbs is REALLY appealing..

Also, How do you pronouce Franchi, don't wan't to be calling shops making a fool of myself.

Who makes them? I seem to think they are a spinoff of another company.


August 27, 2002, 07:16 AM
The downside: The only thing about the smaller bores is the cartridges cost more than the 12 gauge. I was shocked when I priced some 410s and 28s one time.

A lot of skeet gunners at my club like the 28 ga and the Rem 1100 is known as a reliable self shucker so if the cost of ammo is no object, you will not go wrong with an 1100.

August 27, 2002, 11:45 AM
Well I always pronounce it FRAN CHI.

Any gunshop that criticizes you on your pronunciation doesn't deserve your business.

August 27, 2002, 01:43 PM
Around here it's pronounced "FRAWN key."

One of the local shooters has one in 20 gauge that is featherlight but sadly not the most reliable shotgun around. The Remington 1100 though is a real treat. Points well, very light and reliable although I would appreciate if it came with a barrel longer than 25". There is one for sale at our club but I'm saving for an o/u.


August 27, 2002, 05:24 PM
FRAWN key huh! Figures, you are in California aren't you:D

Pvt. Joker
August 27, 2002, 10:29 PM
I'll have to see if I can somehow compare the two.. The franchi, frawnchi, frankie or whatever it is seems to good to be true at 5.4lbs. It would make an AWESOME grouse gun...

I love my auto's.. The idea of an auto in smaller bore would be excellent...

Although I shot a round of sporting clays with my 12ga today, and only shot a 39/50.... Ouch.


Pvt. Joker
August 31, 2002, 02:05 PM
More problems.

Local dealer has a Franchi 49 AL 28ga, used for 500... I can get a new 1100 for 600... I like the Franchi, as far as the weight. But, are they reliable? Or should I go with the 1100?

The Franchi I held was beautifull. Haven't got to handle a 1100 yet...