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 Post subject: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 6:57 pm 
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Can anyone recommend a good 28 gauge shotgun for use in Sporting Clays? I have had some limited experience with borrowed guns, and I am pretty sure I want an over/under, with 30" (or longer) barrels. I am a lefty, and I don't like the semi-auto's throwing shells across my face (besides, I need to retrieve my hulls).

There doesn't seem to be that much choice out there in the below $3500 price range... mainly the Beretta Silver Pigeon II and the Browning Cynergy Sporter. I already have a Citori Sporter in 12 gauge, and would like to try something different.

I would be using the 28 gauge on the standard Sporting Clays courses (yep, I know it is a challenge) and occasionally for skeet shooting.

Any suggestions (especially those based on personal experience) would be most appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:03 pm 
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You might consider getting a set of full length tubes for your 12 gauge, Briley or Kolar. You probably wouldn't have to get the trigger worked on for 28 gauge. I have a number of 28 gauge guns, including an SKB with a cut comb and 30" barrels, but seem to shoot my tubes most of the time now. Mark

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:14 pm 
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i have a Browning feather XS 28ga with 30in barrels that I am willing to part with if you are intrested. If so let me know and we can make arrangements to get it to you.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:30 pm 
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I can't imagine a better choice that the SP II Beretta offers with 30 inch barrels. If you're looking for nicer wood check with Joel Etchen. I've saving my pennies for one of his 410/28 gauge sets with 30 inch barrels. You can also try Coles Gunsmithing.

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:39 pm 
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Another 28 to look at is the Caesar Guerini Sumitt Sporting with 32 inch barrels. I've had one since 2003 and have used it for both sub gauge events and small upland birds. No problems in 9 years. I should say HAD one, my youngest has laid claim to it. TR


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 7:45 pm 
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I love my caesar guerini 32" barrel 28 ga. the gun swings and points well. no problems ever but they have great customer service. i believe they offer them with left handed stocks for a couple hundred bucks more. don't let your friends use it in tourneys or they might beat you with your own gun! good luck, steve


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:22 pm 
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Thanks for the suggestions. It sounds like there are a lot of Beretta SP II Sporter fans out there. I like the 32" Guerini, but with a lefty stock it will run close to $3700...and that makes it close to the $4000 Etchen Beretta Combo 28/410 SP II Sporter with 30" barrels.

I can get a new Beretta SP II Sporter with 30" barrels for about $2675.

I did consider Briley tubes for my Browning, but I am looking for something a bit lighter. With tubes, the Browning will weigh about 8.5 pounds (7.5 lbs for the gun, and 1 lb for the tubes). Then again, Briley's would run about $2000 cheaper than any new 28 gauge shotgun.

Decisions...

Thanks again.

bluedsteel


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:23 pm 
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Another vote for Guerini Summit 32". I shot mine for sporting, FITASC, and 5 stand for 2 solid years. Great gun and not a single problem. If I ever find those guys that talked me back into the 12 gauge, I'm gonna wring their necks.


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:29 pm 
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bluedsteel wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions. It sounds like there are a lot of Beretta SP II Sporter fans out there. I like the 32" Guerini, but with a lefty stock it will run close to $3700...and that makes it close to the $4000 Etchen Beretta Combo 28/410 SP II Sporter with 30" barrels.

I can get a new Beretta SP II Sporter with 30" barrels for about $2675.

I did consider Briley tubes for my Browning, but I am looking for something a bit lighter. With tubes, the Browning will weigh about 8.5 pounds (7.5 lbs for the gun, and 1 lb for the tubes). Then again, Briley's would run about $2000 cheaper than any new 28 gauge shotgun.

Decisions...

Thanks again.

bluedsteel



FWIW, I love my Beretta 28/410 combo from Joel Etchen's Guns.


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2012 8:53 pm 
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Guns Unlimited had all gauges in a Citori Special with 32" tubes for right around $2K.

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:04 am 
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bluedsteel wrote:
Thanks for the suggestions. It sounds like there are a lot of Beretta SP II Sporter fans out there. I like the 32" Guerini, but with a lefty stock it will run close to $3700...and that makes it close to the $4000 Etchen Beretta Combo 28/410 SP II Sporter with 30" barrels.

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With regard to the CG, there are many dealers that will discount a new gun 10-15%. Clean used ones can be found well under $3K. I have a 28/410 combo and love it.


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:32 am 
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Another vote for the Etchen Beretta Combo 28/410 SP II Sporter with 30" barrels. Great small gauge shooter. The 28 and 410 both handle the same making the switch easy. And the gun looks great.

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 10:50 am 
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My wife loves her CG. 30 in barrels and total weight of 7 lbs.

Way too light for me.

For clays , I like the weight but in 28 that's hard to find.

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:32 am 
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rschrager wrote:
Another vote for the Etchen Beretta Combo 28/410 SP II Sporter with 30" barrels. Great small gauge shooter. The 28 and 410 both handle the same making the switch easy. And the gun looks great.


A 3rd vote here


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 2:17 pm 
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The Guerini Summit in 28 ga with 32" Bbls. is a clay-target bustin', Dove killin' machine. One of my favorites for either of the aformentioned tasks. They probably can be had new for the kind of money of which you speak. Balance will be very good. YMMV Shoot atraight and support your local ACTP teams. ...j.


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 6:10 pm 
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another thing to consider with the beretta 28s is their weight- they just feel like a toy to me. if you are hunting birds that's great but for clays not so much. also, their stocks are shorter and do not fit (at least me) as well as the guerinis. if you want a 2 barrel set i have a 30" 410 barrel i could part with. i bought a 32" to match the 20 and 28ga barrel set. the etchen sets are nice and joel is great to deal with. good luck, steve


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 8:54 pm 
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Just something different, how about an SKB. GREAT guns. Mine is a 85TSS and it has never missed a lick. Used it to place at Nat's. one year.....Jack

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 9:53 pm 
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marist89 wrote:
Guns Unlimited had all gauges in a Citori Special with 32" tubes for right around $2K.


+1

If you already shoot a "Citori Sporter" (I shoot an XS Sporting in 12 gauge) and you like it, I would definitely consider one of the GU Specials, or a 625 Sporting, a 425 Sporting Gold, or a Cynergy Classic Sporting.

And yes, the SKB's in 28 gauge are superb, and usually have extremely nice wood to boot.


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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2012 11:12 pm 
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Hello, Shooting Friends!

What are my options for a 28-gauge that satisfies the following criteria--

1) 28-Gauge Over/Under;

2) 28-Gauge Platform/Frame (not a 20-gauge platform; not a "baby" platform;

3) 32-inch barrels;

4) Screw-in choke system

I spoke with Robert Paxton today and he mentioned that he thought Perazzi had such a gun in their "catalog." Is the Browning on a true 28-gauge platform--'pretty sure they make a gun with 32's. 'Don't believe the Beretta offers anything longer than 30-inch barrels. Is the Caesar Guerini on a 20-gauge frame?

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 Post subject: Re: Good 28 Gauge for Sporting Clays?
PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2012 6:51 am 
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BerettaBlaster wrote:
Hello, Shooting Friends!

What are my options for a 28-gauge that satisfies the following criteria--

1) 28-Gauge Over/Under;

2) 28-Gauge Platform/Frame (not a 20-gauge platform; not a "baby" platform;

3) 32-inch barrels;

4) Screw-in choke system

I spoke with Robert Paxton today and he mentioned that he thought Perazzi had such a gun in their "catalog."


that would be the Perazzi MX28....you can search on gunsinternational or gunbroker to get an idea of what the current market rate is for these guns. Most of the ones I have seen have been fixed choked with shorter barrels so I assume a factory choked 32" barrel MX28 gun would really give me price sticker shock :shock: :shock: :shock:


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