20 VS 28 GAUGE

Discussion in 'Large-Bore/Small-Bore Rifle/Shotgun' started by 270 Petload, Dec 30, 2016.

  1. 270 Petload

    270 Petload Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2016
    O. K. guys here we go! Am saving my pennies and dimes for a shotgun. My biggest conundrum is deciding which gauge. It's narrowed down to 20 or 28 gauge but just cannot decide which. Appreciate your input so help me decide. Let me have it; both barrels fired at once. Should I get a 20 gauge or a 28 gauge? Most of my shooting will be at Trap or Sporting Clays. Second will be hunting but not much. I live in Texas and hunting here is for people of wealth since virtually all land is in private hands and hunting fees are stiff. Let me have your opinions, no matter how opinionated they are. THANKS !
  2. flyingtiger85

    flyingtiger85 Well-Known Member

    Aug 24, 2010
    20 gauge ammo is plentiful and cheap.28 gauge ammo is expensive and sometimes harder to find.Also 28 gauge is mostly found in older shot guns.Not as common today.

  3. ms6852

    ms6852 Well-Known Member

    Nov 15, 2008
    San Antonio Texas
    +1^^^^. I have a 20 gauge pump and an over/under 12 ga, to me not much difference in recoil.
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  4. SilasW

    SilasW Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2013
  5. CHW2021

    CHW2021 Well-Known Member

    Feb 16, 2009
    With the 28 you are throwing less shot, that is the only real difference to me. There are a few 28 ga. guns being made on a true smaller frame receiver and they should be wonderful shooting guns. I would go 20 ga due to ammo cost and the need for every pellet of shot I can get for skeet.
    Maybe get a 12 and have tubes made for 20 and 28 ga.
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  6. One Shot

    One Shot Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2010
    Of those two I'd say 20.
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  7. ral357

    ral357 Well-Known Member

    Jan 24, 2015
    What does the 28 offer. Lighter gun, less recoil, less shot, more money, fewer ammo options. Unless you find the recoil of the 20 too much I wouldn't look twice at the 28.
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  8. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    I used to help out at a sporting clays range, and many of the shooters used the 28 gauge. I'd see a variety of gun types in 28, mostly O/U or semi-autos even a couple of S/S also. If it was a choice of only the two gauges and trap shooting was the prime objective I'd go with the 20. It puts more shot into the air, by the time the birds get out 25-30 yards the extra shot comes in handy.
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  9. jim brady

    jim brady Well-Known Member

    Sep 22, 2009
    Simla, Colorado
    100% agree with all of the above. Especially important to me would be the matter of less shot and a narrower range of available shot shells. If you want 'bragging rights' a 28 might be good. If you're going to use it - get a 20.

    Better yet - get a 16. Better still - get a 12. A 12 will do everything the others will do - and more.
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  10. Twicepop

    Twicepop Well-Known Member

    Jan 9, 2012
    NW Ohio
    How about a 10 gauge, use the 2 7/8 inch standard load, stay away from the 3 1/2 inch magnums, they'll back you out from under your hat. The 10 gauge standard load is supposed to have the least amount of shot deformation, because the shot column is as wide as it is long.
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  11. Designer

    Designer Well-Known Member

    May 28, 2016
    Ames, IA
    For just shooting, you would be better off with a 20ga., but for the sheer beauty of a smaller gun, the 28s can't be beat.

    Beauty or shooting. Shooting or beauty. You might get the other skeet shooters ogling your 28ga., but you've still got to hit with it. Trap, get a 12.
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  12. joe45c

    joe45c Well-Known Member

    Feb 20, 2011
    Like others have said, GET THE 20 GA. more shot in the pattern, and shells are easier to find and they don't cost as much. I have 3 different gauges, 20, 16, and 12. Of the 3 i like the 16 the best, but once again finding ammo is a problem. 20 ga ammo is everywhere.
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  13. UncleFudd

    UncleFudd Well-Known Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    Phoenix, Az
    Everything these guys have said. The 20 is the BEST all around SG there is in my opinion.

    I have shot all four ga in the world championships in San Antonio in 2006. I won the world with the .410 and runner up in 20 and 28 and third with 12 and doubles as a novice. (novice at 63).
    Anyway the point as these guys have said, the smaller ga will work as good as the bigger but the ammo for 410 and 28 are far more expensive if you can find some.
    The 20 is great to load or easy to find in any shot and less expensive.

    Now Im off to the hosp again for more tests and radiation. Cancer is tough and Im being a little short with them in allowing them to disturb it too much. Anyway, back late nxt week I hope.

    Happy New Year ALL

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  14. tedwitt

    tedwitt Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    I shoot nothing but a 12 guage.
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  15. 270 Petload

    270 Petload Well-Known Member Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2016
    Thank you for your response. All responses are welcome. FYI, I am taking a serious look at a Browning 725 Sporting in either 20 or 28 gauge and either is not difficult to find. As far as ammo, I am already aware of the higher cost of 28 gauge. If I see that as a difficulty I could go back to re-loading shotshells in either gauge. For that I have used a Mec Sizemaster and would go back to it immediately to save money if extensive re-loading becomes necessary. Again, thank you.
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