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28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

Looking for a smaller shotgun for grouse. Held a 20 & 28 ga O/U today and loved the feel of the 28. Never saw a pattern for the 28 GA and was wondering if anyone is using one and how they like it.

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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

Get a 20 gauge if you want to harvest birds and leave the 28 to the experts.

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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

I have a 870 Express 28 gauge that I use for rabbit hunting.......it has a fixed modified barrel, they shoot a pattern somewhat comparable to a 20 gauge low brass shell...it is great for rabbits, and squirrels......I have killed a few grouse and woodcock with it also....

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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

I picked up a Red Label 28 last year. Since I never owned or shot a 28 gauge I wasn't sure what to expect. I usually shoot a 16ga. I hunted most of this season with it and have shot 11 grouse with it. I really like it. I also have a 20 ga. If I was to have only one o/u in a lighter ga it would probably be a 20.
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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

I have a 28ga o/u and pump. Love them both. I have never had a problem with hunting grouse or woodcock with them. I also use them for pheasant over my GSP. With the 1oz loads put out by Winchester and other ammo companies they are very close to the performance of a 20ga.
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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

Get the 28, if you don't you will always be thinking about it. I use a 28 for grouse but I also have a 20 I like for pheasant. Eventually you will have one of each.
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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

20g shells are cheaper and easier to find at a local store or walmart.

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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

I use a 28 gauge o/u for all my small game hunting & love it.
it will do the job perfectly.

the down side as someone already posted is the price &
availability of ammo. if you decide on the 28, stock up on ammo every chance you get.

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Re: 28 GA or 20 GA for grouse

I have a benenlli montefetro in 20 ga I use for grouse and Pheasant. Then I ran into a 16 gauge double that swings so nice that I had buy that and use that also. The double is so light.
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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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