Last summer while at the range fine tuning my shooting for hunting season, I mentioned to one of my hunting buddies how much I like the side by side 16 gauge that I was shooting, and really wished that I could afford another one just like it in 28 gauge. At this point he walked to his truck where his shooting bag was located, and after a little bit of looking, produced a set of Gauge Mate Silver Conversion tubes and urged me to try them.
I gladly accepted his offer, and the next time I was at work I bought a couple boxes of 28 gauge ammo to try out on my next trip to the range.
The Gauge Mate tubes are simple enough to use. Just drop them into the chambers and now my 16 gauge will safely chamber and shoot 28 gauge shells. After they are fired the spent hulls are easy enough to remove from the conversion tubes. It’s not as fast to reload with the tubes as it is without, but still not much trouble at all.
I wasn’t really sure what to expect when shooting smaller gauge ammo in the large bore, but a few shots at the patterning board showed nice results. The pattern was a little more open in 28 gauge than it normally is in 16 gauge, which worked out great for bird hunting.
After practicing and experimenting with the Gauge Mate tubes I used them on several occasions in dove season. It was very nice to be able to use the smaller gauge ammo when I wanted or felt I needed to. The Gauge Mate Silver conversion tubes are a very simple, but also very useful product for me. They are available in many different sizes and configurations, so getting the conversion you need/want is easy. And they certainly are less expensive than buying a new gun when you just want to try out a different gauge.
-Doug Wennick, LCS Customer Service