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    I agree that a 28 gauge is on the lite side but was curious on what people thought. I will stick with my 12 gauge most likely. Thanks for all the input.

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    In eastern Montana, I usually use a 12 gauge. In the Roy Montana area, I always use a 20 gauge. No wind.Around Sumatra, I use a 10 gauge Browning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dag View Post
    Gentleman i hunt with in South Dakota only uses a 28 ga and absolutely murders them at anytime of the season.
    I have shot a bunch in SD in late Nov/early Dec with a 28 ga and 7/8 or 1 oz loads of 5's or 6's. I usually concentrate on killing all the ones up close and let the 50 plus yards ones continue on. The 28 will kill them dead at 35 yards, which is most of the ones killed.

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    I started shooting a 28 about 4 years ago, thought I would give it a try one day. Haven't gone back since. A load of #5 or #6 will put um down DOA if you point it correct. #6 works fine for quail and pheasant areas. At the end of the day or several days your shoulder will thank you too

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    I have several hunting pals that have gone to smaller gauge guns. They have all opted for
    higher end shells to make up the difference. I picked up a Beretta O/U 20 gauge and
    some 20 gauge HEVI BISMUTH.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfcreeknc View Post
    I started shooting a 28 about 4 years ago, thought I would give it a try one day. Haven't gone back since. A load of #5 or #6 will put um down DOA if you point it correct. #6 works fine for quail and pheasant areas. At the end of the day or several days your shoulder will thank you too
    I disagree.A 28 gauge, is not big enough for montanaMontana.

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    Not sure why Montana birds would feel pellets any differently than Minnesota or Dakota birds.

    Franchi Instinct L in 28 gauge. Hand loads with 1/4 oz of #9 TSS-18 and 9/16oz of #3 steel. ~180 pellets per shell. Cyl/Imp Cyl choke keeps >75% in 30 inch circle out to 40 yards (TSS/steel patterns super tight). Using non-tox cuz i bounce between state/federal/private land too much to bother with switching out shells all the time.

    May try handloads of HW13 #6 next year...see how it goes this year. Dog trained all summer with this gun (#7 steel loads), so I know my range. Benefit of having a pointing dog is that most shots are close...found myself waiting for birds to get away last year. And before anyone says anything...I only hunt wild birds in MN/SD/ND.

    $1.25/shell...try not to miss.

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    A #5 pellet going 1300 fps out of a 28 gauge is no different than one coming out of a 12 gauge tube. So yeah-it is enough to get the job done!
    The question is-is the shooter's aim efficient enough to get it done. You kind of owe it to the birds to make an effective decision on which to use. Missing and crippling is no fun anyway.
    I 've killed a ton of wild quail with my 28 but when I'm chasing roosters I opt. for a 20 gauge. Good or better ammunition is a must also.

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