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Thread: 2 7/8 28 gauge

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    Boolit Mold
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    2 7/8 28 gauge

    Good friend showed me a box of 28 ga. from his youth, long ago as he is 85. Western Cartridge Co, no mention of Olin, Winchester, or non-corrosive priming. Full box, slip top, nearly mint condition. I have never heard of 2 7/8 inch 28s before. Was that a common thing back in the teens or 20s? Offered to buy them; he said no, but would tag them to go to me when he passes. I am very honored at that. I know a good bit about old cartridges, but this is a new one on me. Comments, anyone?

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    Boolit Master
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    Boolit Mold
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    Fascinating!!! I have learned something today! Come to think of it, don't know that I have ever seen a 28 gauge Model 12 either. Thanks for the info.

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    Boolit Master
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    most all roll crimp were 2--7/8 when they started the fold you saw 16ga win with 2-9/16 they didnt reload much then so didnt care if the end of the paper hull went out the barrel
    the mod 12 28ga was a pricey woman's gun for skeet and still very pricey

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    Boolit Mold
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    28 & 16 gauge were still popular when I was growing up in the late 60's in northern California. Then for some reason they took a back seat to the 20 & 12 gauge and the ammo all but disappeared. I was surprised to see it being stocked again in sporting goods stores.

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    Boolit Master


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    Think the skeet game kept the 28 guage alive. Every once in a while we have a .410/28 guage dove hunt just for grins. I have an 870 Wingmaster 28 gauge and it's no slouch on doves due to it's fast handling light weight./beagle
    diplomacy is being able to say, "nice doggie" until you find a big rock.....

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