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Sure, a GLOCK will get the job done, but there are those who want something more than just the utilitarian. So if a better grade of wood, a lighter gun and recoil like a gentle kiss is what you’ve been looking for in a shotty, Weatherby’s got just what you’re looking for . . .

Weatherby’s® new SA-08 28 Gauge Deluxe semi-automatic shotgun offers bird hunters light recoil, reliable performance and a distinctly handsome look.

This SA-08 model features a specially-designed, scaled-down frame to fit 28-gauge shells.  Weighing approximately 5.5 pounds, the shotgun is available with a 26- or 28-inch barrel and 2 ¾-inch chamber.

“Like all SA-08 semi-auto shotguns, our 28 Gauge Deluxe can be relied on to function and perform well in the field,” said Mike Schwiebert, Weatherby’s director of marketing.  “Recoil is negligible, making it a great choice for the fast action of high-volume dove shooting, as well as quail and other upland game birds.  It is precisely balanced, and feels trim and lightweight—a real pleasure to shoot.”

The SA-08 28 Gauge Deluxe sports a select-grade walnut stock with precision-cut checkering (22 LPI) for a positive, responsive feel.  A high-gloss finish on the stock and metalwork adds to the shotgun’s eye-catching appearance.

Other key features:

  • CNC-machined receiver constructed of aircraft-grade aluminum alloy to reduce overall weight without compromising strength, and improve the gun’s balance for easier handling
  • drop-out trigger system can be quickly removed for easy cleaning and reassembled
  • chrome-lined barrel can withstand years of high-volume shooting and reduce the effort necessary to keep the barrel clean
  • barrel has lengthened forcing cones for improved patterns and less shooter fatigue
  • vented top rib for smooth follow-through after the shot; also dissipates heat
  • brass front bead atop barrel for quick target acquisition

Each shotgun comes with Improved Cylinder, Modified and Full choke tubes that allow shooters to tailor their shot patterns for specific hunting applications

Manufacturer’s suggested retail price: $849.  For more information, contact a local Weatherby dealer, call the company at (805) 227-2600 or visit

Founded in 1945, Weatherby, Inc.’s line features the new WBY-Xproducts as well as the popular Vanguard® Series 2 and legendary Mark V® rifles (production and custom), Threat Response shotguns and rifles, semi-auto and pump shotguns, premium ammunition and security/shooting accessories. The company invites all hunters and shooters to visit and join its free online community at, and like its Facebook page at

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  1. In the thick country back home where I did a lot of my hunting, West Virginia, Southern Ohio and Eastern Kentucky, my favorite shotgun was a double barrel 20 ga.
    shorter and lighter than a comparable pump or auto it made busting the brush easier and the 20 was more than enough for quail, grouse and cottontails. This 28 ga. auto would fill the same slot quite nicely.

    I learned to like heavier shotguns for duck and goose and squirrel hunting and after hunting Texas and California I had learned that no one shotgun does it all.

    I do miss hunting. But I was never a trophy hunter and I will not kill for sport. Living vegeterian has it’s drawbacks.

    • You could donate the meat to shelters for homeless.

      (OT). Isn’t 28 gauge rare? I have shopped enough 16 gauge to know if it isn’t 20 or 12 g its rare.

      • 28’s are, relatively speaking, rare compared to 12’s and 20’s in modern guns, and often quite rare compared to 12’s, 16’s and 20’s in 100 year old classic guns.

        That said, there are some very nice shotguns made in 28 gauge that will set you back huge amounts of money to own.

        With an aluminum receiver, this isn’t one of those “nice guns.”

      • Lolinski, the state of California puts a lot of hurdles up for the person that wants to hunt and stay within the law. I don’t feel like it would be a good use of my time and resources to get back into hunting again after all these years. Especially not since I won’t be eating the take.

        If I remember correctly you live in Norway. What kind of hunting do they do in Norway? Deer and Moose?

        • Me? Yeah I live in Norway. Moose is the popular game animal here together with deer and various birds( we also hunt mink and fox not to eat but because of bounty on them)

        • Me? Yes I live in Norway. Moose is the popular game animal here together with deer and various birds( we also hunt mink and fox not to eat but because of bounty on them).

        • Sorry for double (triple?) post. it said the publication failed and I tried again.

          i also forgot to add:

          Here in Norway they are also making it more complicated to get into hunting. They are making the hunting test (exam?) harder, like having to know oddball rules that are irrelevant if you dont hunt a specific animal. This has me worried about not getting a hunting license this year (I am 16 this year, in Norway you can legally hunt with shotgun from 14 under adult supervision)

        • Once ate reindeer in Norway around Christmas time. Good stuff. Also realized that despite all the jokes, lutefisk is not bad.

  2. So what’s the truth about the Weatherby SA-08? Is it worth it as an economy 28ga? How about the other gauges that have been out for a few years?

    • In my safe you will find an SA-08 20ga youth model and an SA-459 TK, also in 20ga. Both are sourced from ATA in Turkey and are based on the recoil-operated Browning action.

      My SA-459 really doesn’t like light-load shells, even with the “light” gas ring installed — pretty much anything under a 1oz load of birdshot is going to result in significant fail-to-eject issues. One of these days I’ll call Weatherby and get a spare recoil spring so I can experiment with clipping coils to reduce spring force, but for now I just deal with it by feeding it 1oz “heavy game” loads. Buckshot, hevi-shot turkey shells and slugs all cycle just fine.

      More to the point, the SA-08 doesn’t seem nearly as sensitive to such issues as my 459. It’s generally quite happy with 7/8oz birdshot shells now that it’s had a few hundred rounds through it. We have noticed that it gets a little grumpy about chambering shells after 100+ rounds of very dirty import ammo, but a quick pass with a boresnake and it’s good to go again.

      The SA-08 youth model was definitely the right gun at the right price for what we needed, i.e. a youth-sized 20ga semi-auto, and in that price range I highly recommend it. Hasn’t stopped my 12-year-old from lobbying for a Benelli, but that’s a different story…

  3. Back in the 70s a rabbit-hunting friend of mine (west central Missouri – after a couple of days of snow we would go out in the fields with beagles to flush the bunnies) had a 28-gauge Remington 1100. MUCH better than a .410 for 20-yard running targets, without as much meat damage as my 20-gauge double barrell.


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