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Author:  birdhunter39 [ Wed Jan 29, 2020 8:11 pm ]
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I have the CXS 20 and would likely have bought the combo if it were available at the time. That said it isn't the great value the 20 is. At around $3,200 it is as much as twice the price you could buy a 20 for, new. Current pricing isn't that low but less than a month ago it was.

Author:  tjen [ Fri Jan 31, 2020 9:12 am ]
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The 28 gauge is my main gun for clay's. You will want a O/U for reloading. Expect about $4.00 per box with 3/4 of shot. I load the AA28HS with #8 for clay's which will work for every thing but #9 works great for skeet. The 20/28 load at 1200 fps works extremely well.

Try a few guns to see which fits you the best, for me it is the Beretta's. A gun even in 410 that does not fit can leave your cheek red and sore from too high of comb. My scores do not change between the 20 and 28 gauge. The Briley extended chokes IC .009", Lt-Mod .012" work the best for me out to 45 yards.

Author:  Turlington Tom [ Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:49 pm ]
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I recently handled a Browning 725 field model 28 gauge and loved it. Already have a Cynergy 28 and Browning BPS 28 and Browning 525 in 20 gauge. My next purchase will probably be the 725 but not sure if it will be a 20 or 28.

Author:  .45colt [ Thu Feb 06, 2020 9:24 am ]
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I like You have had two detached retinas. it has been 26 months since the last surgery. the retina specialists group I deal with claim to know nothing about shooting and recoil and when I ask questions they usually look like this :shock: .
I got My first 28ga about a year and a half ago and a member here had a like new Mec sizemaster reloader that works really well.
The 28ga is now a favorite. Good luck

Author:  DavidNY [ Fri Feb 07, 2020 12:30 pm ]
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Update:
Found a local gun shop that had the Browning 725 sporting in 12 ga only. The gun fit better than a 686 SP1. The gun shop owner is a shotgun instructor. Plan on taking some lessons with him and in about a month I will be ordering a 725 sporting in 28 ga for skeet and sporting clays. It is well above my budget, but I know it will last me forever and it fits me.

.45colt
I ran into the same thing with the retina dr not really knowing about recoil. When I had the detachment in my right eye I had lost 80% of my vision. It is amazing what they can do. 9 laser procedures (2 in the hospital), vitreous removed in both eyes which caused cataracts so I have to get lens implants in both eyes. Been almost a year since the last cataract surgery and my vision is almost as good as before. Took two years, but I did everything they told me too. I am back to shooting pistols, long range competition with my 260 REM and soon back to clays.

Really appreciate all the great advise.

David

Author:  .45colt [ Fri Feb 07, 2020 3:53 pm ]
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David, congratulations' on a fine Gun. My eye problems started when I was 60 had cataracts in both eyes went thru the lens replacement surgery in each one . wasn't long and had a retinal tear they fixed with laser in the office . about a year later had a detachment in the other eye . viterectomy # 1. about a year later the first eye detached where they did the laser. viterectomy # 2.
I was still working at the time unloading trucks with boxes sometimes 90+# everyday. the Doctor's swear that lifting has nothing to do with our eyes , and always say they don't know what causes a detachment. but they are always available to operate.
Good Luck when You get the new Gun.

Author:  df [ Tue Feb 11, 2020 12:05 pm ]
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Light recoiling 28 ga?
I have a Beretta SP and a Remington 1100. Both are pretty light recoil, but in an abundance of caution for your health, I’d get an 1100.

Author:  DavidNY [ Tue Feb 11, 2020 1:08 pm ]
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A semi-auto is always in the back of my mind. I know it would be the less recoil than an o/u.
Without have some place locally to try both, hard for me to know the real difference.

The 725 is a heavy o/u at a littler over 7 lbs. The local gun shop shotgun instructor agreed it would be a good choice based on my eye issues in the past. Will be easy to recover spent hulls. Also feel if would handle better, swing better than a S/A.

But I do think about if I should just get an S/A. I believe I have two concerns with recoil. The amount at the time I fire and the effects of repeated recoil over time.

I will see if the LGS instructor will let me try his o/u when the weather breaks and if he knows of anyone that would let me try a S/A.

At this point I do not have an issue with my 260 REM shooting prone at 1,000 yard matches. Shooting ~20+ rounds per match and three matches in a day has not been an issue. My 260 is heavy at about 18 lbs.

If the recoil of the 725 28 ga is less than my 260 I should be ok.

Thanks again for all the help.

David

Author:  BobK [ Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:02 am ]
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If you are wise (and concerned about recoil), you will look into Browning shooting shirts (jackets, too) that have an inner shoulder pocket for a thin, flexible REACTAR pad, which spreads recoil over a larger area. (Beretta also offers a similar GEL-TEC pad/system.) These are great for the shooter, and remember, shotguns and clays usually mount to 100 (and often more) shots a day. I use 'em, and even made a pocket to hold a pad on my old "skeleton" type shooting vest.

Author:  birdhunter39 [ Wed Feb 12, 2020 8:10 am ]
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A 725 sporting in 28ga sounds like an awesome option. 7lbs is a decent weight for a 28 clays gun.

Author:  DavidNY [ Tue Feb 18, 2020 12:58 pm ]
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Ordered a Browning 725 Sporting 28 Ga with 32" barrels. Should be in on Saturday.

Just need a little warmer weather :D

Thank you for all the great advise.

David

Author:  rans [ Sun Feb 23, 2020 9:01 am ]
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I have had 4 or 5 detachments, hard to keep track. so reduced recoil is a priority for me. And always loved the 28 ga anyway. Shoot a Guerini o/u 2 barrel set.....20 and 28. Added one pound to the gun, in both gauges so it is 9 pounds but I am big guy, does not feel heavy at all. also added an Isis recoil reducer fixed with the softest springs. Shoot the 28 ga with 1200fps loads and the 20 ga with 1000fps loads. both have the same recoil numbers and feel great. obtw, the 1000 fps 20 ga loads break targets just fine. is all this overkill? perhaps. but tell me that after your detachments. which I hope you never get.

Author:  tjen [ Fri Feb 28, 2020 10:09 am ]
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There really is no recoil with a 28 gauge at 1200 fps. Get a beratta model of your choice in 28-30"and you will need to put a thicker recoil pad for your longer length of pull. My SP1-28 is 26" long short as they come and there just is not any recoil. Just make sure it fits you right.

Author:  Rooster booster [ Tue Mar 10, 2020 8:00 pm ]
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If you really want soft...... there’s no debate. The A400.

Author:  Don Fischer [ Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:44 am ]
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My action of choice is a SxS, nextwould be a pump. I really like my mod 37! Only ever had one O/U I liked, savge mod 330. As for auto's for myself the only one ever made worth owning was the Browning Double Auto. Problem with all pumps except the mod 37 and all semi auto's is they chuck the fired shells and you do lose some. At the cost of 28ga shells for most of us that becomes a problem. I got my 28ga press at the same time I bought my first flat of 28ga target loads! One of the few wise choice's I ever made!

Author:  browning66 [ Wed Mar 18, 2020 9:43 pm ]
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I have a 725 sporting model in 28 gauge which weighs about 7.5 pounds and is a truly soft shooting gun. You will like this a lot! Good luck.

Author:  Pine Creek/Dave [ Sun Mar 22, 2020 1:22 pm ]
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DavidNY,

My brother having the same problem you have, I will tell you what he has decided to do. Kurt now shoots his 28 gauge guns most all the time, he has some beautiful Browning 12 and 16 gauge guns that he shoots every once in a while, however for safety sake he shoots his 28 gauge guns most of the time. As he says he would rather be safe than sorry.

Pine Creek/Dave
L.C. Smith Man

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