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more tongue less cheek...

Im looking for a steel shot friendly 28 gauge O/U preferably with 30" or 28" bbls. my price range is around $1500.

It also has to be on 28 gauge size frame, to lighten it up a bit. I have heard many manufacturers put 28 gauge barrels on 20 gauge frames which can make them heavier, I would like to stay away from these if possible.

ruger red label seems like an obvious choice but I want to explore other options.

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Given the quarry, why steel shot friendly?? For barn rats and opossums get a single shot 410.

The BPS Browning in 28 is probably steel rated. It's a pig of a pump gun but the rats won't mind.


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Given the quarry, why steel shot friendly?? For barn rats and opossums get a single shot 410.

sorry, I forgot to mention I would also be using it on release site pheasants where non toxic shot is mandatory (I would use Hevi shot most likely) and some of the shooting ranges in wa are making steel shot mandatory soon.

I would also be using this hopefully lighter gun for hike-in trips for blue and spruce grouse or any other adventure where I will be putting some serious miles in and want to spare my torn rotator cuffs.

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This is a bizzare post.

I was just trying to put a different spin on the "what 28gauge should I get thread" after going through  page after page in the search function I noticed a few redundancies popping up.

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I have a 28 ga cz sxs it weighs about 6 lbs or a little less I like it. dont know if your looking for sxs or o&u. but for less than $1,000.00 new sure hard to beat.
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I was leaning towards an O/U.

I always liked the looks of the CZ SxS's, especially the bobwhite but the longest bbl's they come with are 26" and I prefer around 30. they look like a great value.

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If weight is your big issue take a look at the Benelli legacy or Ultralite in 28ga. or maybe the Franchi AL48/28 ga. although I don't think they have 30" barrels.  Any of these three should be light enough to be carried all day by anyone.

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Beretta Silver Pigeon & Ruger Red Label are over/unders build on a scaled 28 gauge frame.

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Chinook, if you don't mind the looks of the Browning Cynergy, there are some good deals out there on those.  The Lightning Feather is on a 20ga frame, but the test gun I had still only weighed 5 3/4 with 28" barrels.  Shot the heck out of that gun at skeet and came very close to convincing myself I needed to own it.

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I'm no expert on inexpensive bird guns, but I know that Beretta makes their 686 series on a "baby" frame at various levels of finish (grades).  They are durable, light guns; and I think they are steel shot proof.  Dunno if they are in your price range.

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whats your weight requirement? you might find a 28 on a 20 ga frame perfect.... pretty sure a beretta with 28ga tubes on a 20 frame is right at 6lbs (+/- 2-3 oz) then you could add a set of 20ga barrels... My 20ga 686 with 30" tubes is 6lbs... 3" and steel shot compatable

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Greg & Hunshatt are pointing you in the right direction.

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whats your weight requirement? you might find a 28 on a 20 ga frame perfect.... pretty sure a beretta with 28ga tubes on a 20 frame is right at 6lbs (+/- 2-3 oz) then you could add a set of 20ga barrels... My 20ga 686 with 30" tubes is 6lbs... 3" and steel shot compatable

no requirement just more light =more better.

I have a 686 SP in 20 gauge with 30"bbls and love it. I can easily carry it all day with minimal discomfort. I have heard rumors that unless you get 686 on the baby frame -more money than I want to spend on a Western Wa field gun- a 28 gauge 686 on a 20 gauge will be heavier than just a 20 gauge. if this is the case it would seem there is not much benefit and all handicap. I think it would be wiser to purchase a full fledged 28 gauge on a 28 frame.

that being said I have never handled the less expensive beretta 686 or the "baby frame" 28 gauge so I am merely going off my own addled hypothesis and would love to be set straight if i am wrong.

Larry, although I love my beretta's the cynergy is looking pretty good. from what you wrote it sounds light enough to fit the bill. plus its as ugly as sin which will compliment honorable field scars and mistreatment nicely.
not to mention the price is right. I hate spending a lot of dough on a field gun that will spend most of its days in wet & salty western Wa.

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The Cynergy is plenty light, Chinook.  I'd definitely advise the 28" barrels.  Mine handled very well.

I had a very fancy Beretta, 687 Silver Pigeon V 28ga.  I'm not sure whether that gun was on a 28ga frame, but it also had 28" barrels and was about 3 ounces heavier than the Cynergy.  Both nice guns, and you can certainly get less expensive Berettas, but that one cost about twice as much as the Cynergy.


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