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We are headed out today to test 3 28 sxs and 3 20's, 2 sxs and 1 overunder. We will pattern all for comparison and shoot some clays. A friend who has more money than he knows what to do with is thinking he might want a 28 for upland. In the 28 we will test 1 high dollar 1mid price and 1 very modest priced gun. I will post the results as we see them.
That's cool! I'm looking forward to hearing about the result's. I've been thinking about a 28 gauge myself but not crazy about the price of the shells and the fact that not a lot of store's stock.
Bottom line. We shot 3/4,7/8,and 1 oz. loads in all guns at 25 to 40 yds. The 28's shot the most even patterns with the 3/4 oz. loads. We shot size 7 1/2, 6, and 5 shot loads. The best patterns at 40 yds. were the 7/8 load with full chokes. In the 28 the one ounce shot the poorest patterns ie more flyers more holes. I think if the forcing cones in the less expensive 28 were lengthend and smoothed it would shoot just as well as the really expensive ones just not as pretty. The 20's shot the best patterns especially at the longer ranges. So for the type hunting we typically do the 20 is best. He went with a Merkel in the 20. I know this is brief so if there any questions I will try to answer.
Thanks for the feed back. It sounds like you all did your homework. The more i think about it i should get a 20 ga. especially for the shell availability, as i look around i dont see many 28ga shells for sale.