Want 28 gauge O/U Need opinions

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by kthomk, Mar 1, 2008.

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  1. kthomk

    kthomk Member

    Oct 27, 2006
    Want to buy a 28 gauge O/U for skeet shooting and hunting. Want the best bang for the buck, who doesn't. Looking for input from owners of lower end guns, Mossberg silver reserve, Verona, any other makers that I don't know of. Would like to spend $900 or less. Thanks for the help!!
  2. Smitty in CT

    Smitty in CT Member

    Aug 30, 2006
    Moodus, CT
    Here is a link to a post over on Shotgun world that list the serial number for the Serial Number fix for the Silver Reserves....


    If you get one after Serial Number TR28005777, you'll be all set...

    Even if the serial number is lower, Mossberg will send you the spare firing pins for free and the fix is a 20 minute job...

    Good luck,
  3. Milkmaster

    Milkmaster Member

    Dec 29, 2006
    Murfreesboro, TN
    I always wanted a .410 or 28 ga lever action just for the fun factor. One can be had for less than the amount you speak of.
  4. Shell Shucker

    Shell Shucker Member

    Mar 4, 2006
    If you're patient you should be able to find a nice used Browning Citouri for $1000-1100. I just bought a Lightning with one box of shells under it's belt for $1300. I know you said $900 max; but you're only a couple hundred bucks away from buying something really nice if you're patient.....
  5. 45crittergitter

    45crittergitter Member

    Sep 24, 2003
  6. ArmedBear

    ArmedBear Member

    Sep 8, 2005
    A guy in my dog club just had his break again, after fixing the pins already. I'm not sure if he got the "new, improved" version when he fixed it the first time, though. I would still not trust the things if you want it for range and hunting use (meaning relatively high-volume shooting).

    Probably the best deal in a truly high-quality, long-lasting shotgun is an SKB. However, I believe they use a 20 Gauge frame. If that doesn't bother you, my 20 works great for hunting and what little skeet I've tried with it; the 28 feels the same. It's a bit over $900, but it's not outrageous. A friend who knows his guns (and his gunsmithing) has four of them. He's not a penny-pincher, and he shoots some valuable classics. He just knows the SKB is a really good shotgun. Used, if you can find one in 28, you should be able to get one within your budget.

    Or just save your money and get a Beretta. The frame is scaled to 28, and it's a "forever gun." Eventually, it seems a lot of people end up with one anyway, whatever they started with.

    IMHO you can get a used O/U for $900 and get a good deal -- IF you know what to look for because you can get screwed otherwise and I've been -- or you can pay a bit more for a new one and get a good gun. But a new 28 for $900 is probably not the best use of your $900. TANSTAAFL

    Sure, some may tell you that Mossbergs are great, but I know far too many people who have had them break in a short time. I can only think of one guy whose Silver Reserve didn't break as of last year, and I haven't asked lately. I don't know anyone (in real life, not the 'net) who really knows shotguns and who will buy Turkish. It's just a fact. Maybe they're wrong, but they have decades of experience and have seen far more than I. And for that matter, there was a guy here who was arguing with a few of us and saying that his Silver Reserve was great. He came back a few months later and wrote that his, also, broke.
  7. clang

    clang Member

    Nov 17, 2005
    I went through the 28ga kick several years ago - I had a couple of Charles Daly Mirukos in 28ga, one was even on the true 28ga frame. Sold both because ammo was a pain.

    In general, 28ga O/Us are built on a 20ga frame. Why not just stick to a good 20ga and have access to more affordable ammo? Saandard 30ga is a 7/8th oz load, while the 28ga in 3/4 oz. Not that much of a difference.
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