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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 !
 

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20 gauge ammo is plentiful and cheap.28 gauge ammo is expensive and sometimes harder to find
+1^^^^. I have a 20 gauge pump and an over/under 12 ga, to me not much difference in recoil.
 

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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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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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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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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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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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Should I get a 20 gauge or a 28 gauge?
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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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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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.

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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.
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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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.
Designer, thank you for your input. All comments welcome. Because of what you have said, along with others, I am leaning in favor of the 28 but I still want "lots" of input.

+1^^^^. I have a 20 gauge pump and an over/under 12 ga, to me not much difference in recoil.
ms6852, thank you for your comment. All are welcome. I am at a point where I can take my time; no hurry. The more I "hear" the better my decision will be.

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.
CHW2021, all input welcome; hadn't thought about tubes. Will throw that into the blender.
 

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I'm gonna go against the grain here. If I didn't reload I'd say go with the 20. We'll in fact, let me back up a bit. If the majority of its life will be spent shooting trap and clays I'd suggest you go with a 12 unless there's some reason that is not an option. I'm thinking physical limitations. Now back to the show. Being that you'll be reloading my vote is for the 28. My experience is that while the 20 puts more shot in the air the 28 patterns much better and will put more shot on target. I have a 20 gauge BPS and my father has a 28 gauge Browning model 12. Both skeet guns but his hits the target with much more authority due to a more dense patterning of the shot. Now I haven't performed any scientific experiments yet and I'd suggest doing some reading on the subject but my vote is for the 28. Good luck and be sure to show us pics.
 

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I shoot nothing but a 12 guage.
I am with you on this. I have 8 shotguns and they are all in 12 gauge. I shoot trap every weekend Almost all the shooters at my club use a 12 gauge. Can I ask why you want a 20 or 28 gauge?
 

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I'm gonna go against the grain here. If I didn't reload I'd say go with the 20. We'll in fact, let me back up a bit. If the majority of its life will be spent shooting trap and clays I'd suggest you go with a 12 unless there's some reason that is not an option. I'm thinking physical limitations. Now back to the show. Being that you'll be reloading my vote is for the 28. My experience is that while the 20 puts more shot in the air the 28 patterns much better and will put more shot on target. I have a 20 gauge BPS and my father has a 28 gauge Browning model 12. Both skeet guns but his hits the target with much more authority due to a more dense patterning of the shot. Now I haven't performed any scientific experiments yet and I'd suggest doing some reading on the subject but my vote is for the 28. Good luck and be sure to show us pics.
Firpo, thank you for your comments. (1) The 12 gauge is no longer the right shotgun for an 80 year old fart; recoil from a 12 gauge is a definite factor. (2) Your quote, "My experience is that while the 20 puts more shot in the air the 28 patterns much better and will put more shot on target". You are not the first to say this about the 28 gauge. I expect I will hear that from others, including some well know outdoors writers whose work I have read. (3) More and more I am leaning toward the 28 but I am not in a hurry and want to hear what others have to say. (4) When I get the shotgun about the end of January I will make it a point to post it and 1 directly for you.
 
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