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 Post subject: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:27 pm 
How much difference is there between the 28 and 410 gages.
I know some about the 410, and nothing about a 28gage. I want a squirel gun.




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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:33 pm 
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dawgman wrote:
How much difference is there between the 28 and 410 gages.
I know some about the 410, and nothing about a 28gage. I want a squirel gun.


Both will work for squirrels, but I would recommend a 28 or even a 20 gauge for them.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 8:37 pm 
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Big, big difference! The 28 gauge is much more effective than the .410 bore. The shell doesn't look much bigger, but there is a huge difference in the way it performs on live birds or on clay targets. I assume it would also be different on squirrels.

Skeet shooters use 4 gauges: 12, 20, 28, and .410. Their scores with the 20 gauge are typically just a little lower than with the 12, and their scores with the 28 gauge are just a little lower than with the 20 gauge. But .410 scores are a whole lot lower.

I have quit shooting sporting clays with the .410 because it is so frustrating. Sometimes (a lot of times) the target just won't break even when you seem to be doing everything right. On the other hand, the 28 gauge is the most "fun" gauge of all, because it is so amazing that you can break long, tough targets with such a little shell!

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Wed Jan 28, 2004 9:55 pm 
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If you're going small bore, 28 ga. is the way to go. It is a very versatile guage for upland game, furbearers and clay.

And as MrBen points out, it is a FUN gauge to shoot. Effective, balanced, and ly.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 11:59 am 
hey man, if you really want to use a shot gun, that's probably you best bet, but I personally like using 22. for squrriels


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 12:30 pm 
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I love the 28ga, but if you are only ever going to use it for squirrels the .410 would also do just fine. The 28 is a neat little gun, however, and you will be in good company if you own one.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 7:28 pm 
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I don't know where or how you hunt squirrels, but I like a bigger gun for them.

I would pick the 28 over the .410


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:26 pm 
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It apears that I am in the minority here. I personly would go with the 410. It a great squirrel gun. You also have a better choice of guns and ammo. You can't get slugs or buckshot in 28 gage but you can in 410. I think in the big picture the 410 is slightly more versatile because of it greater support in both gun and ammo manufactures. Just my point of view.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:48 pm 
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Why limit yourself? Get both I did. I have the 870 Express in both .410 bore and 28 gauge. The .410 is choked full and the 28 modified. They go for about 300 each. MIKE.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gage or 410 gage
PostPosted: Thu Jan 29, 2004 9:55 pm 
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I haven't hunted the little tree rats in ohhhh, 45 years or so. When I did it was normaly with a .22 shooting shorts. When a bit younger I did use a Model 42 Winchester. Used it for everything, ducks, pheasants, quail, squirrel, you name it, it was all I had! The .410 3" load is not just a toy! It will indeed kill any game normaly hunted with a shotgun if the range is short enough. I'd think for squirrels any 2 1/2" load of 5 or 6 shot would be more than addaquate! In the past several years I have aquired a couple 28 ga shotguns as well as another Browning reproduction Model 42. I've broken a lot of rocks with both the .410 and 28 ga and only shot one pheasant with the 28 ga. Judging from past experience hunting with the .410, that's plenty of gun if all you are interested in is squirrels. Nice light, cary it all day in the woods with a pocket full of shells and you'd never tire of it. 28 ga is more gun, but not necessarialy a LOT more gun. Typicaly a 28 ga has 3/4 oz shot charges and a 3" .410 has an 11/16 oz shot charge. Not all that much difference there. Where the difference arrises is with the 28 ga you will get a better more uniform pattern and a little higher velocity shot than with a comprabale shot charge from a .410. Recognizing that either red or grey squirrels are not all that big or dangerous of quary nor particilarly difficult to kill, a .410 will do nicely. If you intend to do a bit of upland bird hunting too, the 28 ga is a better choice. Me, I have both and if I were to hunt tree rats again, I'd take my little Browning .22 Auto. I never did like pulling hair out of my meat arround a bunch of pellet holes from a shotgun. One shot with a .22 does nicely, but, your choice!

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 30, 2004 3:16 pm 
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