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 Post subject: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:14 pm 
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What I've been reading is half half on whether the 28 is acceptable for doves. This gun would be strictly for dove hunting (and some sporting clays in the off season). Cost of shells is irrelevant. I will be reloading for it eventually. My dove hunting consist of decoying birds with a bit of pass shooting. Will 3/4, 7/8, or even 1 oz out of the 28 be fine?




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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 2:28 pm 
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People shoot doves with .410s all the time - there's no reason a 28 gauge with any standard (or custom) load won't be sufficient.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2018 4:13 pm 
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It'll be fine as long as you don't go beyond it's effective range and that's largely dictated by what choke you're using. My long-time hunting partner uses one quite effectively.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:19 am 
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Nothing wrong with using a 28g for doves. I’d think 3/4 oz through the appropriate choke should work just fine. Considering a 28g with skt chokes breaks clays just fine on station 4 at skeet, which is about 22 yards to the pin, I’d go with i/c or lt mod.

The only issue you may have is a sore shoulder. Sure, 28g doesn’t pack a punch, but if you are shooting a high volume those light punches will add up. A heavy 28g, or an auto loader would help reduce that issue.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:03 am 
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A 28 gauge is suitable for doves and many other game birds. I suggest that you spend some time at a pattern board shooting at different distances. To do so will give you an idea of the gauges effectivity at a given distance with a given load.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:10 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 10:34 am 
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I use one on pen raised pheasants and it’s highly effective even out to 40 yards

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 08, 2018 12:33 pm 
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I hunt doves every year, in Ks and sometimes other states. There is a group of 6-8 guys that are in our party. All of us shoot several guns at doves. However for most of us, our “go to” dove gun is a 28 gauge.
I shoot a Beretta SP-V and a Rem 1100 sporting. Some of the others shoot Benelli Legacy, Rem 1100, Franchi O/U, SKB O/U.
In my view, it is the perfect gauge for doves.
I shoot 3/4 ounce number 8 shot, reloads.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 11:02 am 
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That is the only gauge I shot at doves last year, hung right with the 12 and 20 gauge guys.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 1:45 pm 
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Darryle wrote:
That is the only gauge I shot at doves last year, hung right with the 12 and 20 gauge guys.

That was way more due to your ability than the superiority of the 28 gauge.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 09, 2018 2:54 pm 
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What I've been reading is half half on whether the 28 is acceptable for doves. This gun would be strictly for dove hunting (and some sporting clays in the off season). Cost of shells is irrelevant. I will be reloading for it eventually. My dove hunting consist of decoying birds with a bit of pass shooting. Will 3/4, 7/8, or even 1 oz out of the 28 be fine?


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:15 am 
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I’ll give my take on this.

With exception of me and one other guy in my group of friends, everyone hunts dove with 12ga. I use 20ga frequently, and another guy uses a 28...

From what I’ve seen with him using his 28. Is it will work fine. It does however, suffer when the birds start flying higher and further away... so take the range limitations in mind. My 20’s suffer a little here too but not quite as much. You’re also losing a good amount of shot with a 28. So a potential missed bird would have possibly been a kill with a 20 or 12.

As previously stated. Some folks use .410 for dove and such. So the 28 is more than enough. Just know your limitations and practice! I tried a .410 once and did horrible.


All that said. If the 28 fits you better than a comparable 12 or 20, you may get more hits with it. I get more hits with my favorite 20 than my favorite 12 at the range and on birds... especially on doubles.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 2:58 pm 
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ocxgeno wrote:
What I've been reading is half half on whether the 28 is acceptable for doves. This gun would be strictly for dove hunting


There has always been at least one 28 gauge in the family since before I was born. Mom's gun was always a Remington 11-48 28 gauge with a plain barrel, a fixed choke, and a stock that was shortened a bit with a recoil pad added. That shotgun got a lot of folks breaking clays and dropping doves and still does the job today.

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My wonderful mother is gone now, but no one ever needed to bother trying to tell her that her 28 gauge didn't do a fine job on doves.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 11:35 am 
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Those are really nice photos, Randy. Thanks for sharing your memories. Nice shotgun, too.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:05 pm 
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Thanks for sharing Randy, the results from my last dove hunt with the Citori Lightning 28ga

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Fri May 11, 2018 5:10 pm 
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Doves aren`t hard to hit, they are just easy to miss!!!! :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2018 1:23 am 
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That will be more than fine. Keep the practice up and the loads light. It doesn't take much to kill them or quail. Take it easy on you and your gun especially


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge for doves
PostPosted: Sat Jun 16, 2018 1:11 pm 
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JMO Stay away from anything heavier than 3/4 oz. I've personally hunted w/ a variety of 28's for over 40 years and hunt doves primarily w/ a 1300 fps reload of 9's. The Winchester Super Sport/Sporting Clays factory load @1300 fps of 7 1/2, or 8's is a great load for doves, quail and even pheasant, although I prefer the Fiocchi Golden Pheasant for the bigger birds. Recovery for follow-up shots w/ the 28 cannot be beaten. Sometimes, I will carry a 20 or 12 as a back-up gun for the rare day that the birds are flying past 35-40 yards or in high wind.




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