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I have been hunting quail over the last couple of years with a Browning O/U in 28 ga and 30" barrels. Been thinking about swapping for a 20ga with 28" barrels. Primary reason is availability of decent hunting loads and swinging better with the shorter bbls. I am sure this has been debated over and over but would be interested in any thoughts.
 

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I shoot a Browning Feathet XS with 30" barrels in 28 gauge. A while back I thought the same thing and bought a 686 Beretta 20/28 combo with 28" barrels. I couldn't hit anything like I had. Sold it the next season. I'm sticking with 30" barrels.
 

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My opinion is that what you've got is about as good as it gets. 28 ga ammo is more expensive than 20 ga but it is readily available if you plan ahead. JPM
 

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I am thinking that the 28 might be the right answer. I really like the gun. I reload 28's on a Spolar but have never tried putting anything larger than #9 shot through it for 28 ga. I might buy a bag of 7 1/2's and see if it drops ok.
 

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I agree that the 28ga is a ballistically efficient cartridge and a great quail cartridge. My little Parker Reproduction is light and quick.
 

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The Gun in the avatar second from right is a Limited Edition Quail Unlimited 11-87 20ga. I bought it after going on a Quail hunt with my 1100 12ga Imp choke where I bagged three separate triples, but on that Quail hunt I felt like I was using a hammer on a fly. The effectiveness of 1 1/4oz and 7 1/2 shot is phenomenal but is to much sometimes for old Bobwhite. This is why picked up the 20ga it with 1oz of shot it works fine. Good Hunting
 

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1965 Browning Superposed 28ga, 26" barrels, choked tubes installed by briley.
My go to small game gun. Hand load 28ga shells with 7 1/2 nickel plated shot, longshot powder
in rem sts hulls.
 

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I have a nice European SXS in 16 Ga. that I love to shoot but, when the chips are down and I'm out to put birds on the table ,it's my 20 Ga. lightweight Browning A-5 with 24 in. .010 Choke I grab! With 1 oz. loads That thing is a death ray on Bob Whites!
 

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Ideal vs Best. "Ideal" quail killing machine imho is a Browning A-5 20 or 16 bore for harvesting the game, 5 shots and then whip another shell in lickity split. "Best" quail gun imho is a 20 or 28 bore English Side-lock with 28" barrels, nice and light and somehow add to the ambiance of the game. In my youth, the A-5 was the ticket. Now that I'm older, killing is less important and the pleasure of the dogs, great friends and svelt guns is what matters most to me. Nevertheless, I still consider a Browning automatic, a very fine gun.
 

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Browning Double Auto Twelvette 26" or 28" bbl...perfect weight to carry and a natural pointing shotgun that is quick to the target.
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Having only shot released quail in the US, I may be completely of base here, but I used a 28ga Ruger Red Label and the 28ga seemed to be the perfect choice for these birds. As a matter of fact, those experiences are what finally swung me to buy a 28ga for me to use when hunting partridge and francolin over my dogs in South Africa, as well as being an effective gun for my son to cut his teeth on, the .410, a SbS with 65mm chambers, just seems so ineffective and I was worried that he will loose heart.

For our Common Quail in South Africa, that is a much smaller bird, that one almost always finds in singles or pairs, I still prefer the .410. The shots taken are invariably from 15 to 25 meters.
 

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I didn't know there were any wild Quail around anymore.......Please, enlighten me, where can I go for some decent wild Quail hunting?
 

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My vote goes to the 20. I use a Beretta 686 in 20 ga. with 28" barrels and it's all you need- plus the ammo is easier to find and less expensive and you don't have to pick up hulls on the ground (doing that around here might get you snake bit).
 

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I didn't know there were any wild Quail around anymore.......Please, enlighten me, where can I go for some decent wild Quail hunting?
Plenty of quail in the lower desert in California, this year. My quail gun of choice is 20 gauge Caeser Gureini Tempio light 28 inch, in the upper desert where climbing hills is common.. If in the flat lands, Imperial Valley, Caeser Guerini 20 gauge Essex 28 inch. Both guns are extremely reliable, take a variety of loads, swing beautifully.
 

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Been using a Webley & Scott 920K (26" bbls) with success for this. Nice, maneuverable in the brush, points well (and quick), and easily carried all day without fatigue.
 
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