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Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: 1A, 1B, 2G & NY 9-J
Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse
These are my analytical thoughts on a 20 vs 28 for upland game hunting.
The 28 has a few positives...cool factor, lighter than equivalent in 20, and a slimmer feel.
The 20 has more advantages...more options in guns, cheaper ammo, easier to obtain ammo, more versatile, and most importantly puts more shot in the air, which allows you to shoot a more open choke and keep the pattern density the same.
in your particular situation with a flushing dog and a limited budget, I would recommend the twenty.
With the price of ammo, over the life of your shotgun, you can own and feed a citori 20 gauge for the same price as a cheap 28.
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