By NRA’s American Rifleman Staff
Some hunters have learned that the 28 gauge is a formidable game cartridge, and Weatherby’s new sleek and racy SA-08 Deluxe will find a warm place in the hearts of these true believers. Made in Turkey to Weatherby’s specifications, the SA-08 28 tips the scale at under 6 lbs. Weight is distributed similarly to other gas-operated semi-automatics that have a slightly barrel-heavy feel. That isn’t all bad, because the forward hand guides the shot, and a bit more weight there helps steady the gun and prevents slowing and/or stopping of the swing.
From the butt, the SA-08 carries a “sporter-style” soft rubber pad with a slick plastic insert at the heel for a snag-free mount. With the very mild recoil of the 28, a pad is more a luxury than a necessity. The buttstock and fore-end are of plain hand-checkered walnut. The Turkish shotgun industry still does some things the old-fashioned way. When it comes to checkering, for instance, it is hand-cut, unlike that in most of the industry, which is laser-cut. It appears to be about 22 lines to the inch, and while the diamonds are not needle-pointed, they afford a good firm grip, which is what it’s supposed to do. To Weatherby’s advantage is the inclusion of several shims to adjust the stock for drop and cast. While not a professionally fitted stock, the owner can adjust the stock to best fit himself with the shims, and that’s a real advantage for a field gun where shots are often quick, and a well-fitting gun is the difference between fried quail for breakfast and Cheerios.