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 Post subject: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 9:57 pm 
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I am mostly deciding between an A400 Xplor and Benelli Ethos. I am left handed if that helps. A lefty gun is not a requirement. I do want to shoot some fairly light loads, mostly 3/4 ounce. Is there any other option I may be overlooking? I really wish CG would import theirs. This gun will be mostly used for sporting clays. I do like a pretty high POI though.




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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2021 10:34 pm 
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Normal load for a 28 IS 3/4oz so that should be good to go

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 5:55 am 
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I have the 28ga beretta A400. Cycles great with target or field loads, the point is high 70/30 even with a flat barrel. With a Graco weight in the stock and a weighted excel cap I was able to get the gun to 7lbs which is good for clays. Trigger pull is about 5lbs.

I had a Benelli legacy 28ga which was a much finer looking gun, but it struggled to eject 1200fps target loads, and kicked harder than a 12ga. The trigger pull was 7+ pounds. It also shot very high.

Overall I like the beretta because the recoil and trigger pull is less than the Benelli and it cycled target loads more reliability.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 6:37 am 
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For clays I’d go A400. 7lbs is a nice weight for 28ga clays work.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 8:20 am 
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1958jr wrote:
I have the 28ga beretta A400. Cycles great with target or field loads, the point is high 70/30 even with a flat barrel. With a Graco weight in the stock and a weighted excel cap I was able to get the gun to 7lbs which is good for clays. Trigger pull is about 5lbs.

I had a Benelli legacy 28ga which was a much finer looking gun, but it struggled to eject 1200fps target loads, and kicked harder than a 12ga. The trigger pull was 7+ pounds. It also shot very high.

Overall I like the beretta because the recoil and trigger pull is less than the Benelli and it cycled target loads more reliability.


A400 Xcel or Xplor? I noticed the Xplor is lighter, but I'm not sure that will matter much since it is a 28.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 10:41 am 
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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:24 pm 
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I bought a Benelli Ethos (28) a few months ago just to have it. I offer it as a loaner to friends whom I take skeet shooting. They all love it. One went directly to Bass pro after an afternoon of skeet and ordered one. I tried it today and love it. It shoots a bit high (normal for Benelli). It's light as a feather and very snappy. I put 100 rounds through it this afternoon... smooth as silk. All in all, it has had only a few hundred rounds so far but has performed flawlessly. I highly recommend it.

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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2021 4:41 pm 
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My 28 ga Beretta A400 Xplor with a 28" barrel weighs in at 5#8oz. They are very light! I've been switching the magazine cap from my 12 ga A400 Xcel Black sporting to add about 4 oz (black and silver combo cap) to it the last couple of weeks. Helps the "shoot-ability" for me, and I shoot it about as well as my 12 ga Xcel at skeet.

I have never seen any info that said Beretta produced the Xcel Sporting in 28 ga so doubt that is an option. The Xcels are available in 12 and 20 ga.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 1:23 pm 
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Yeah I’ve been trying to decide between tubes for my 687 Beretta and a A400 in 28 gauge. Just bought a A400 parallel target 12 gauge and I’m liking it. I’m thinking my o/u are too heavy but I love the low recoil of the 687.


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 9:19 pm 
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I handled the Benelli today. The action was a little looser than my Montefeltro and SBEII. Is that to be expected since it's a 28?


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 Post subject: Re: 28 gauge sporter semi auto
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2021 11:55 pm 
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Hollywood22 wrote:
I handled the Benelli today. The action was a little looser than my Montefeltro and SBEII. Is that to be expected since it's a 28?


My 28 Ethos has a lighter action than my 20 ga. Montefeltro, but I wouldn't call it loose. Both guns are great and I fully expect the new 28 to give as much trouble-free enjoyment as has my 20.



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