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hey guys...do yall think a 28inch barrel really makes that much of a difference over the 26inch for a 12gauge super mag?Im buyin a new gun and all they have in stock are the 26inch...ima use it mainly for duck hunting but may occasionaly turkey or deer hunt with it too..thnx.
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no it dosnt. shorter may even be better for ducks. the rest is up to the choke
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   dcbctodd
I use a 26" inch barrell and will prolly end up cutting another 1-1 1/2" inches off of it. WIth advancements in chokes I prefer light, compact, and easier to swing while in thick brush blinds or in the bushes hunting turkeys.
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yea i feel the same way i think cause there have been times my 28in barrel would get caught up in sme brush or marsh and i wouldnt get a shot off.Im thinking i could have avoided that with a 26inch.Do yall think the 28inch helps with your swinging motion like a lot of people say?
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i have a 28" but have always shot 30". i just added a mercury weight to the end of my magazine. and yes the extra weight does help the momentum in your swing. i know this because i shot competition skeet for 5 years and worked at a "shotgun only" gunclub for 7 years. and ii really like a hevy gun, but it is just my preference and to each his own
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for hunting ducks in small ponds a 26 or 28 inch barrel is ok, but for open water or large ponds I went to a 30 inch barrel and will never go back. I can drop birds that most hunters wouldn't even take a shot.Everyone is different.
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   fedrh20
Believe it or not just an inch or two added to a barrel allows for a slower follow through(imo)I dont factor weight,it never seemed to bother me only in recoil which then target aquisition is challenged after the shot fired.. I shoot a 26 inch barrel over/under for ducks and geese. The extended range choke work wonders. IC and modified chokes are perfect for ducks. I carry a full steel for open water if I need range but its for the automatic super x-2. I also use this for dove. Why? Well I just shoot better with it for dove. Geese in open fields that are not really working to my spread I put the full in for those higher birds. If gunning close IC and mod is all you need for in your face action. Barrel length is not as important as it used to be back in the day. Chokes make a world of difference and add in shot size factoring.
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guys i have a turkey gun (Winchester Super X2 NWTF Turkey 3 1/2": -Gauge: 12 -Barrel Length: 24" ) that i shoot for ducks and it is totaly unbelievable how good this thig shoots. i also use it for dove and rabbits, just change the chokes around. just like other have said, i find this really awesome, compared it to other friends with 32" full chokes and i out shoot all around, distance and fast swing shooting. the range for ducks with full choke steel extended range is from 50 - 70 yards.. this is no joke.
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   ducbill
i shoot a bps ten guage with a 110 dollar patterenmaster choke at everything, ducks,geese,deer,etc..... 3 1/2 inch buchshot at 40 yrds, all 18 pellets in a 20 inch circle
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I find a 26" barrel is bout right on a duck gun. Choko matters more than length
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Thnx for the info guys...I think im leaning towards gettin the 26inch but i'd definetly like to hear some more opinions.I feel like a lighter/shorter gun will work better for me,especially if im not losing any power or range.
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   fedrh20
Maybe this will help. Ducks stay with 26 if your undecided. If your a turkey hunter and you want one gun for ducks , geese and turkey get the 24 and adjust chokes accordingly. If you have a turkey gun stick to the 26....
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Do not let anyone ever tell you that you're losing "power" or "range" in going from a 30 or 28 inch barrel down to a 26" and actually it has only a negligible effect on ballistics and patterning. A 26" is easier to work with in the blind in tight quarters. One downside however to the shorter barrels, REALLY big deal if you get down to 24", is that the gun is louder on your blind buddies. Keep that in mind but with 26" you're good.

I shoot a 2006 Xtrema2, 26" barrel.
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the main difference is sound. the shorter barrel will be louder and there will be a slight difference in speed because the gasses from the explosion of the powder will have a greater distance to push your load out of the barrel and the longer your barrel, to an extent,the more energy can be transfered to your load. The sound is distinct from the 2 barrels. I recomend if you hunt a lot with friends to get a longer barrel for their sake. As for patterns... not a difference, just finding the right choke for the loads you shoot. As for weight 2" of barrel can't weigh more than an ounce. I hunted with 12 gauge, 3 1/2, 26" for years and hearing nothing but the complaining of freinds about the loudness, switched to a 28" and everything was cool. Anyways just throwin in my $.02.
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Your hunting buddies will appreciate it! BTW you owe a COB!
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I feel it depends on where you huntin. Are your ducks in a small hole or are gunning passing birds? If you think that barrel length doesn't affect kill distance, you are mistaken. Next time you are trying to kill a wounded bird on the water shoot a 26" inch at it then shoot a 30" with the same choke at it and see what you think. The legnth definetly affects the sound and I guess I could see how barrel legnth could hinder your shooting ability in thick brush. Shoot some different combinations and find what you are most confident with. I shoot a 28" with modified choke, however I may order a 30" barrel this year. Check your shell selection too. I shoot 3" #4. I have found that this is best for my hunting situations (usaully open marsh).
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   maximus
After 18 inches you get the full velocity and after that it's up to the hunting situation. A 24" is good for turkeys because of tight spots and swing isn't an issue. The longer the barrel the better your swing through. That's why competition skeet shooter use 30 and 32" guns and sometimes use weights on the end of the barrel. The 24' is murder on you hunting buddies ears . The 26" is my favorite but the new camo mags like the WIN SX3 only come in 28 or 30" because the length is optimal for a good swing through. The 30" is not found too much after the screw in chokes were introduced due to the cumbersome length .A full choke tube will throw the same pattern in a 24" or 30" and you won't lose distance .That's my 2 cents and I hope it helps.
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You know im good for it...miller lite right?haha
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Barrel length will not affect your pattern enough to be concerned with. The speed of the ammo used now as opposed to years ago is so much quicker it takes barrel length out of the picture. I prefer the 26 in because we hunt flooded timber and buttonwoods and the shorter barrel makes it easier to swing. Also if you are going to carry it with a strap over your shoulder while hunting the 2in makes a world of difference from hanging up on vines and branches.
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Personally I think the 26" barrels are too short. They are downright dangerous. Think of being in the blind and swinging towards one of your hunting partners - yikes! The 28" barrels have just enough length to get the end of the barrel far enough out to where the likelyhood of shooting your partner are greatly diminished. Also the 26" barrels are far more likely to blow your blind partners ears out. Another thing I insist on is that in the blind we all hunt shoulder-to-shoulder. Again you are less likely to swing and shoot someone.
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   gunrunner
I PREFER A 26" SIMPLY BECAUSE I AM OF THE OPINION A 26" BARREL WILL SWING FASTER THAN ONE LONGER. JUST ME.
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personally myself i like the 26"barrel and I can promis you a 28"barrel is only going to shoot 2" further it is mostly up to the persons feel a 28"barrel is not going to be any safer than a 26"barrel if I was hunting with some one and thaught 2"was going to make it unsafe I just wouldn't hunt with that person
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Paddle Master..To answer your question..And anyone elses, regarding barrel length and its effect on the power, patterning, and overall performance of shotguns. The fact is, the powderload is pretty much spent by the time a shot charge has traveled roughly 24 inches down the bore, so longer barrels produce little if any additional velocity. Furthermore, pattern spread is determined entirely by choke constriction; barrel length has no bearing WHATSOEVER...However,in overall performance, longer barrels seem to account for more hits, particularly at longer ranges. Longer barrels dont shoot "harder", but they shoot better. A longer barrel points more precisely, swings more smoothly,and provides more forward weight for better follow through. A longer barrel enhances important elements of succesfull wingshooting... With all that said, the more confidence you have in your equipment and technique, the more birds you will hit...
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I agree with bill collector, I shot a 26" barrel for years and went to a 30" 3 seasons ago and i have noticed that you get on your target quicker with a longer barrel because the bead is farther out in your line of sight. The same season i bought the gun i wanted to see if it was me or did it really make a difference so i took my 26" and 30" on a rabbit hunt and i missed the first 6 rabbits i shot at with the 26". I went to the 30" and went 8 out of 9 and got my limit. Try both and decide for yourself, everyone is different.
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   southnboy
I shoot a benelli M2 in the 24 in Barrel and i Mostly Duck hunt but got it to also Turkey hunt...Mistake. Mine Kicks much more than my friends same gun in the 28 in barrel. I also notice Mine shoots a foot high. I had to pattern it to prove it. I have adjusted the shims and all. I put a 28 in barrel on it just to see and the shot density fell the right direction about 8 inches...All over again I would go 28 in no doubt!
However my 1187 with a 26 in barrel was awesome until the Chamber Blew out.
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