We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I hunt with my 12, 16, 20, and 28 ga. I love hunting with all of them. The one I leave behind the most is the 20ga. Last weekend I hunted Valley Quail with the 28. First three birds hit with the first three shots but I ended up with 12 birds with 39 shots over two days. The 28 is great for close work on small birds as it patterns best with pellets
I've never even fired a 28 gauge, but Mrs. Animal shoots a Citori White Lightning in 16 gauge, with the stock cut down to fit her 4'11" frame. Lovely gun but oh boy is 16 gauge ammo and components getting hard to find.
28 gauge seems more available, but there may be a good argument there for sticking to 12 or 20 gauge.
My preferred quail gun is a 28 gauge Beretta 687 silver pigeon with 28" barrels. I also use it when hunting the dusky grouse that our found in the southern Rocky Mts. Not only is the gun light but you are also saving weight on the ammunition. Throws very nice patterns and I seem to cripple less birds than with other gauges.
Mr. Chaney used a 28 gauge gun to shoot quail and lawyers at the Armstrong Ranch a little ways south of me several years ago. I use a .410 on my major game (diamondbacks), but my fellow Texans think I'm a wuss for using a firearm on game that only really needs a hoe or rake.
I have never shot a 28 ga, but I have a friend (a gun collector) who has a H&R 24 ga and 32 ga - I've had the pleasure of shooting with both. They both use European cartridges which are getting rare to purchase.
I can say the pattern on the 24 ga was very tight for a fair distance. I would imagine the 28 ga would be similar.
28 ga Bernadelli SxS with 26 " bbl. i had Briley put a set of screw chokes in and added about 1/2" in a recoil pad. superb gun for quail and preserve chukars and pheasants. carry it all day. reload my own ammo. it's a tie between it and a 20 ga Benelli semi-auto (which is my favorite quail gun, mainly because it shoots 5 as fast as i can pull the trigger . . . .) as to which is my favorite
I don't know much about a 28 ga, never owned or have shoot one. But last time out shooting sporting clays with my son, a guy in font of us had a 28 ga o/u shotgun that kept miss firing. Later he asked if we would like to buy it. We said just said no thanks. We were shooting a Win 101 20 ga and a Benelli 12 ga super nova. The Win 101 o/u is like a sports car sleek and fast and the Benelli pump is big and strong like a pick up truck ready for any thing.
William O. B'Livion
I find the 28 ga to be a fine gauge for woodcock and also grouse this time of year. As the season moves on, the grouse tend to be a bit more skittish and flush further out. At that point the 28 can be a bit of a stretch except in the right hands.
My 28 is a WJ Jeffery boxlock with 28 in barrels. A bit light, but still handles fine in heavy cover where snap shooting still applies (even though we all prefer to claim that we swing through the bird :) ).
Since I already put upwards of 6,000 rounds through my Browning Citori XT Trap every year, this is also my bird gun as well. Its set up to shoot relatively flat and I don't mind its weight, even with the more open kind of upland game bird hunting in Nevada and Arizona.