The 28-gauge is often overlooked, but there are many sweet-shooting guns chambered in this gauge.
The 28-gauge is often overlooked, but there are many sweet-shooting guns chambered in this gauge.

There are a lot of reasons to love the little 28-gauge, and every year more and more shooters are trading in their hard-kicking heavy 12-bores for these lighter guns.

The 28-gauge still packs plenty of power for most upland situations, and there are now a number of manufacturers producing fine 28s for the field and range.

Fausti

The Fausti DEA SLX of Italy.
The Fausti DEA SLX of Italy.

If you prefer classic doubles, check out Fausti’s beautiful DEA side-by-side, a svelte, gorgeous little double that weighs right around 5 pounds and could only have come from Italy.

Franchi

The Franchi Aspire is available in 28- and .410 gauge.
The Franchi Aspire is available in 28- and .410 gauge.

If you prefer an over/under, Franchi now offers its round-body, which tips the scales under 6 pounds and features a case-hardened receiver and oil-finished walnut stock.

Weatherby

Weatherby's SA-08 Deluxe 28 is a dedicated 28 gauge autoloader.
Weatherby’s SA-08 Deluxe 28 is a dedicated 28 gauge autoloader.

If you’re looking for a budget 28, Weatherby’s SA-08 28-gauge Deluxe offers superb balance and handling, and the gas system virtually eliminates felt recoil.


Modern-Shotgunning

Gun Digest Guide to Modern Shotgunning

You’ll enjoy this shotgun guide if:

  • You’ve taken up shotgun sports and want to learn more about the use of the firearm within this application
  • You’re looking for ammunition and accessory options for your shotgun
  • You want to learn about the different applications for and types of shotguns