But, the first loads will be lead. So I am back to head-scratching. Given that Winchester already makes a one-ounce, 2 ¾-inch 28 gauge at 1205 fps, I don’t see a huge advantage in an extra 1/16 ounce (about 13 size 6 pellets) of shot or 95 more feet per second. But, high velocity is in, and people will pay for it. The 3-inch shells will offer a little extra punch to the upland hunter who would like to shoot one 28 gauge for all upland hunting, including pheasants. That’s all I can think of. There will be extra recoil, as the ETHOS weighs just five pounds in 28, but it does have a fairly effective built-in Progressive Comfort recoil reducer, so there’s that.