the 28 throws a very efficient pattern, as someone said, 30 yards is about tops and inside is even better....a good pointing dog will give better results as well.It's definitely doable, but there's no doubt that for most people, a 28 gauge becomes a significant limitation at some point.
I have shot a bunch in SD in late Nov/early Dec with a 28 ga and 7/8 or 1 oz loads of 5's or 6's. I usually concentrate on killing all the ones up close and let the 50 plus yards ones continue on. The 28 will kill them dead at 35 yards, which is most of the ones killed.Gentleman i hunt with in South Dakota only uses a 28 ga and absolutely murders them at anytime of the season.
I disagree.A 28 gauge, is not big enough for montanaMontana.I started shooting a 28 about 4 years ago, thought I would give it a try one day. Haven't gone back since. A load of #5 or #6 will put um down DOA if you point it correct. #6 works fine for quail and pheasant areas. At the end of the day or several days your shoulder will thank you too