People often tell me they wish they had a 28-gauge shotgun, but the guns are too expensive. That’s no longer universally true, as many gun makers offer 28-gauge guns that are quite affordable by today’s standards. One example is the Franchi Instinct L over-and-under, which has a MSRP of just $1,469, and the Benelli Ultra Light semi-auto, which retails for $1,779. If that’s still too rich for the budget, consider the Tristar Viper G2 or the Mossberg International SA-28 semi-auto. The SA-28, weighing 6-1/2 pounds, not only looks great, but shoots great. I’ve done a fair amount of hunting with it, and several elder statesmen among the outdoor writing fraternity have confided to me that the little gun is about all they hunt with when they’re not testing other shotguns. With a price tag of just $675, it’s a real bargain.