Even light quail and grouse loads in 28 are more expensive than 20s and 12s due to volume production and sales. Run a 28 gauge and you’ll be specializing, but oh what a fun, effective specialization it is. I’ll confess I was shocked at how well a 28 kills not just quail and grouse, but pheasants, too, when I first risked trying one. I routinely crumpled wild, free-range Dakota ringnecks at 30, 35, even 45 yards. Maybe I’m concentrating so well that I’m hitting them all in the head. Regardless, the 28’s been working for me since 1996, so I’m not quitting now.