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by Claude Leger I recently tried out 15-gauge finish nailers from Porter Cable and Makita. I was curious about these guns because they're made by well-known power tool companies that just started selling pneumatic nailers in the U.S. Plus, the Makita and PC guns sell for between $250 and $280, a lot less than comparable Senco or Bostich guns. The prices were right, but I wanted to see what you get for the money. Better Nails Ten years ago, when I bought my first 15-gauge finish nailer, most guns took 16-gauge nails. If you've installed much trim, you know how tough it is to get 16-gauge fasteners to go through hardwood without bending. While it may not sound like