28 Gauge?

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  1. snowbird

    snowbird Senior Refuge Member

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    I’ve shot 20 bird limits of snow geese with my 28 gauge but under very controlled conditions. If you can get a load with around 100 pellets to pattern at 65% at the max range the pellets will penetrate that’s all you need on small geese. Which based on my pattern results maxes the 28 out at about 30-35 yards. I’ve killed them further but you start crippling birds even if you center them in the pattern.

    I haven’t shot a dove with anything bigger than a 28 gauge in probably 10 years.
     
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  2. derbyacresbob

    derbyacresbob Senior Refuge Member

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    Look at the pellet counts and penetration that the first three 28 ga loads give with good shot. HW13 #4 shot, Federal Heavyweight #6 shot and TSS #7-1/2 shot. The fourth load would be a 12ga 1500 fps 1-3/8 oz load of steel BB shot.

    From KPY Shotshell Ballistics
    1250 fps, 7/8 oz of HW13 #4 shot has 109 pellets and gets 2.50" of gel penetration at 42.7 yards.
    1250 fps, 7/8 oz of Fed HW #6 shot has 144 pellets and gets 2.50" of gel penetration at 50.8 yards.
    1250 fps, 3/4 oz of TSS #7-1/2 shot has 160 pellets and gets 2.50" of gel penetration at 56.5 yards.
    1500 fps, 1-3/8 oz of Steel BB shot has 98 pellets and gets 2.50" of gel penetration at 39.4 yards.
     
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  3. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I just got a Remington 1100 .410. :grvn I can't wait to put it to work on paper and then some live game.
     
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    1100 - 410 I'm jealous.
     
  5. snowbird

    snowbird Senior Refuge Member

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    I just bought a Remington 11-48 in .410. I’ve shot some skeet. I’m also excited about taking it hunting.
     
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    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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  7. Billy Bob

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    I'm hoping with it's weight it won't recoil much. I put it on a scale and it said it weighs 8 pounds even, a pound heavier than my SX3 20 gauge waterfowl. With my eye problems it will allow me to still use a gun and no doubt will be more effective than my #50 recurve. Still looking for an 1100 28ga. Assuming you have the .410, care to share any experiences?
     
  8. Winchester 1897

    Winchester 1897 Elite Refuge Member

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    I don't have a 1100 410, but I do have a 870 410. A really good friend of mine used to have a 11-48 410 and a 1100 28.


    This spring I killed a turkey with my 870 410. At 35 yards you'll be fine on waterfowl, a friend of mine's daughter has killed every species of North American geese with her side by side 410.
     
  9. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    The last time I hunted waterfowl with a .410 was in the mid 80's using an H&R Topper and lead 6's and 8's. It did a good job back then. I plan on giving it a go with the factory steel to start out with.
     
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