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 Post subject: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 1:15 pm 
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New but been doing a lot of searching and reading last couple of weeks. Lots of info here on shooting sports, but my main use and criteria for choosing this gun will be hunting.

Use: hunting 75% pointed birds 25% flushed; 4-5 rounds of casual sporting clay a year

Current guns: Stoeger m2000, Benelli SBE3, Weatherby Orion, all 12ga and will probably be getting a Ruger Red Label 20 back from my dad in a few years.

Budget: around $1k, I know... I’ve read dozens of times it’s not possible to get a functioning o/u at that price point, I don’t mind pushing to under $2k but obviously would rather not.

Guns I’ve considered:
Brownings- pretty much wrote them off due to weight, if the do have true 28ga frame guns I’m guessing they’re out of my range
Beretta- I cant figure which model has the smaller frame, the SP1 I looked at in store looked and felt the same on the 28 as the 20, at $1,900 I can stomach the price tag and have read all the fan boy reviews. Bottom line is it’s heavier and didn’t point well for me in the store.
Franchi- really liked the Instinct SL, pointed well and was noticeably the lightest gun I handled
SKB- also really liked the 690, pointed great, they list at almost 7 lbs but I’m not sure I believe that. Weight felt similar to the SP1. $1,100 is nice
CZ- didn’t get to handle one but would be probably looking at the cabelas special Teal version


So really my top two are the Franchi and SKB. My questions would be:
Am I missing any other makes/models in this space?
Even with not fitting 100% and being more $$ and weight would it be worth jumping to the “popular” choice with the Beretta for something that will see ~500 rounds a year?
Is there a strong winner between a higher end (supposedly) Turkish gun or an Italian?


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 3:26 pm 
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You should look at a FAIR Jubilee 28 gauge.
I have a Jubilee 16 gauge.
They are well made guns at a modest price.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:15 pm 
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I have a Beretta Silver Pigeon I field model built on the smallest of the two frame sizes they use for 28ga. I believe only the 28ga. SPIs sold in the 28ga./20ga. combo are on the middle-size frame. The 12ga. guns use the large frame.

I'm surprised the Franchi felt like a much better fit to you than the Beretta. Then again, my only experience with Franchis is with the 48 AL series. They fit me very well, as do Beretta 686s.

Like you, I look for light weight in a field gun. That's why I love the little Franchi 48 ALs! My 28ga. 48 AL Deluxe sees more woods time than my Beretta Silver Pigeon.

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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Oct 25, 2020 6:20 pm 
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If the Beretta field gun weighs closer to 6# as opposed to 6-3/4, that should be the baby frame

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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:19 am 
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Browning Cynergy field is a very light weight 28 gauge. My friend bought one new for $1400 a few years ago. Less than 6 lbs I think. Yes, the Citori Brownings are heavier in 28 gauge than in 20 gauge and maybe more expensive. My choice was to go with a very light weight 20 gauge instead of the 28 gauge. Yeah, I know, it is not a 28 gauge. But it weights 6.5 lbs, handles well, and hits a lot harder than a 28 gauge in the field. And the shells are cheaper.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 9:54 am 
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Bill M. wrote:
Browning Cynergy field is a very light weight 28 gauge. My friend bought one new for $1400 a few years ago. Less than 6 lbs I think.


I purchased a new 28 gauge Cynergy field for $1100 a few years ago but Browning no longer manufactures a 28 gauge Cynergy. There is a new old stock one on Gunbroker now, but the starting bid is over $2500.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:41 pm 
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Baby frame Beretta, is my preference. Have had one many years.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 1:52 pm 
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If you don't want the Browning 20ga frame then your only quality choice in the $2k range is a recent model Beretta with the baby frame. BUT you said $1k is where you'd like to be.......Have handled the Franchi Instinct L in sub gauges and it would be my choice if i wanted to be under $2k.

Turk o/u guns don't deserve your consideration.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2020 5:01 pm 
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It’s amazing how heavy a 6.5 lb gun weighs after 3 or 4 hours.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Nov 01, 2020 11:04 pm 
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I just pick up the CZ teal in 28ga and so far really like it.

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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
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Check the Browning Superlight line....


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Nov 09, 2020 4:29 pm 
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Rizzini BR110.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 9:47 am 
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CZ Drake is an outstanding choice. I have both the 28 and 410, quality is superb.

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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Thu Nov 12, 2020 10:46 am 
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I own a Rizzini 28 gauge Omnium Small. It comes in at 5lb. It fits like a Browning, is case colored, and shoots like a magic wand. I bought it at Cabela's when they had a raft of them used. You can find them in their Gun Library or at Gunbroker.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sat Nov 14, 2020 8:32 am 
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The SP1-28 is on a baby frame scaled for the 28 gauge it is the lightest with a strong steel frame. Get what fits you best. the Sp1 is the best for the long term. I primarily shoot clays wit a 28 or 410 687/686 and the 12 gauge guys really do not take it well when I beat them. Close behind respect, but beat the them just unhappiness.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sat Nov 21, 2020 11:05 pm 
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Franchi are really nice, the one that I shot was amazing and I really want one. The wood was Meh at best. My turkish CZ wood is amazing and for the price point it's hard to beat. The citori is the one that I can shoot the best, I am on fire with that gun, and that means a lot. When I take the citori I'm at the point that I'm only going to shoot once at a bird, one perfect shot.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Mon Nov 23, 2020 5:38 pm 
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Browning lightning feather. Meets your requirements. I have the 16 and it's a dream. I may have a line on one?


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 3:52 pm 
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If you can find one, consider a used Ruger Red Label in 28 gauge. By far the best handling Red Label. I’ve hunted upland with a 26” 50th Anniversary edition for 20 years; killed a lot of quail and pheasant. Very durable; true neutral stock. Briley chokes. My gold inlaid receiver looks like new despite years in the Kansas dust. 6 lbs.


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Thu Nov 26, 2020 4:18 pm 
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If you’re able to find one an option would be a Savage Milano. Got mine off of Gunbroker about 6 years ago for $850. They do come up every now and then for between $1000 and $1500. Nice looking and handling little shotgun. Good luck, Dave


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 Post subject: Re: Field o/u 28ga
PostPosted: Sun Nov 29, 2020 3:51 pm 
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Megalodon,

If you are going to use your new gun mostly for hunting you might consider a SXS double gun. Most are a lot lighter than any O/U, carry nicer in the woods and swing well, depending on the gun. I use my modern O/U guns for Clay shooting and my Classic American SXS double guns for bird hunting. Your budget of $1,000 might be a little tough for a good SXS 28 gauge double gun however.

Just something to consider,

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