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What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« on: December 05, 2017, 10:44:49 AM »
What barrel length do you like for waterfowl hunting and why?

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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 02:01:24 PM »
I shoot everything from 21 to 30 with most running 27-29" all on sxs's except the 21, it's on a pump.
After the first shot the rest are just noise.

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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2017, 02:09:12 PM »
28", bigger is better and it is what was in stock.

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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2017, 02:13:49 PM »
28" on my 1187. I think the stock barrel was 24". I like the longer barrel because it's closer to the geese!  :)
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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2017, 02:16:59 PM »
Back in the 80's when we could still use lead shot, I liked using 30" full choke.  After steel became manditory, I got a 28" barrel and I like it just fine.  Not a lot of difference, but it seems to be a little easier to swing the shorter barrel (especially for the closer fast moving shots).
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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2017, 02:18:26 PM »
Shot a 28" for waterfowl and 26 for upland. 28 better for smooth swing and longer sight plane, 26 for easier brush busting and pointing, imho.  Both barrels on old Belgian Light 12 A5.
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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2017, 02:20:00 PM »
Longer helps maintain your swing, shorter is faster.  The overall length of a break action is shorter than an auto or pump by the length of the bolt so break action barrels are usually that much longer.  I’ve gotten used to a 28” in an auto or 30” in a double which is a good all-around length.

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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2017, 05:32:59 PM »
We use 28” barrels on all of our guns.
Cut em!
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Re: What barrel length for waterfowl hunting.
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2017, 05:45:38 PM »
28" has always been my preference with an auto or pump for waterfowl. But I have do have a Browning Gold turkey shotgun that I've used quite a few times recently, and it seems to work pretty good, and is sure handy in the blind. I do think I shoot a little better with a longer barrel though.

 

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