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.
This is what a .28 ga. shotgun looks like. They are graceful-looking little pea-shooters used by good shots on small birds like quail and dove, and clay targets. The only smaller shotgun is the .410, used by expert shots on targets, also on starlings and pigeons around the barn. This one by Connecticut Shotgun Mfg. Co. This pretty side-by-side can be had for a mere $19,000. Too bad it's a little late for the hubby this V. Day.
And here's a nice new .28 ga side-by-side one from our friends at Griffin & Howe, for a reasonable $9950. Nice wood:
Only buy one for someone who can distinguish between a bird and a person...And, perhaps, anyone hunting over the age of 65 should have to pass a few tests of physical coordination, basic alertness, and perfect eyesight...Just being picky...I love certain hunters, all of whom would pass. But it's like driving: not a right once you get over a certain age. You become a menace to others as your faculties diminish, and you should stop when you do so. I have a good long stretch til my own rules would kick in...
Forget the CSM or the Best Gun from London. I have a 28 ga Bernadelli. Paid $500 about ten years ago, then put a thin recoil pad on it for $50 bucks. It's got fixed chokes, but Briley will do screw-ins for about $200/barrel. Straight stock, double triggers with 26" barrels. Believe me, it shoots as good as anything else, if the shooter knows what he's doing (that's the key). Because you are in the gun for less than a $1000, you take the $ you saved on it and go to South Texas (or Mexico for wild birds) 10 or 15 times. Much better deal!!