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Over/Under Barrel Length

Old 01-13-2005, 11:07 AM
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What barrel length should a person go with for hunting pheasants with an over under?? Do most typically use a 28" or is there not much difference between that and a 28" besides weight?? Just curious as to what others are using...
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Old 01-13-2005, 12:19 PM
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Default RE: Over/Under Barrel Length

depends on the gun the smaller gauges that tend to be lighter a longer barrel will give you abit more weight out front which makes for a smother swing but a gun say a 12 that has more weight to begin with 26 in. barrels are fine the smaller ga. guns it's not uncommon to see 30 in. barrels out there by smaller i'm talking light weight 20's and 28's using the 28 over dogs and tight sitting birds where your shot will be say 30 yds. max.
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Old 01-13-2005, 05:34 PM
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I like my 30" barrels on my SKB 585 12 gau.
But my 20 gau has 28" barrels and I like it also.
Could live with either barrel length .
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Old 01-13-2005, 06:41 PM
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Default RE: Over/Under Barrel Length

28 seems to be the Do-All medium

30s are common in trap and 26 or shorter is common in skeet

Just pick which feels right...if your ordering one a 28 is probably whats gonna "look right"
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Old 01-14-2005, 12:00 PM
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when ever im hunting birds i use a 28 in barreli think a longer barrel wouldnt hurt if not better.
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Old 01-15-2005, 12:07 AM
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Default RE: Over/Under Barrel Length

I think a 28" is the way to go. Actually, if you look at top skeet shooters, they are shooting 28" and 30" barrels. Depends on your style of shooting.
If your a snap, point, shoot, shooter, a 26" might fit your style better.
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Old 01-15-2005, 04:35 PM
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Default RE: Over/Under Barrel Length

I have 3 O/Us, SKB 20ga 505 has 26" barrels and it is quick moving. I have killed a lot of Pheasants with it. My SKB 585, also a 20ga, is a slower swinging gun than the 505, killed a lot of pheasants with this one too. But my killer of choice for long days a field for upland game is my Ruger Red Label with 28'' barrels in 28ga. Light, fast and deadly.
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Old 01-17-2005, 06:29 PM
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Default RE: Over/Under Barrel Length

I have a 26" barrel on my 20ga. quail gun which is nice and fast. On my skeet/sporting clays/trap gun I have a 28" barrel which makes it nice and blanced. I would go with a 28" barrel....it's a good all around length IMO for hunting & recreational shooting.
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Old 01-21-2005, 09:38 PM
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I use a Benelli Super with a four shot magazine extension........the barrel is 24" and I also have a Beretta with a 21" barrel........

Sorry this was meant for the auto thread......
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Old 01-22-2005, 12:46 AM
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I shoot a Browning Citoi lightning with 26" barrels. When I first bought the gun, the barrels seemed hard to get used to, since I was going from an auto with 28" barrels. The overall length of the gun was much shorter than the auto, since the action is so short. It took some getting used to, but now am glad that I have the 26" barrels. I have shot lots of birds with that gun and would never consider anything else now. I have shot ducks over decoys, pass shot ducks and geese, shot early season pheasants that get up under my feet and made long shots after others in my group failed to down the bird. For me, it's the perfect gun. Shooting lots of clays in the off season is the key.
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