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What is the diffrence between a 26" and 28" shotgun barrel when it is being used for sporting clays and or trap? Is one of the lengths better for a particular sport? I am looking at buying a new O/U for sporting clays mostly but want to be able to shoot some trap also.

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

To the average shooter, there is no difference. You will have to be a really good shooter to notice the difference in barrel length. Sort of like a golfer using different balls for different shots. Most will never know the difference.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Two inches doesn't soynd like much in the grand scheme of things, but.....
"sight plane" The longer your sight plane, the more accurately you "should" be able to shoot. (in theory)
"weight" Weight forward relates to "smoother" swing. Smoother swing means smoother and better follow through.
"velocity" Longer barrel length equates to higher velocity. Those ywo inches add mere milli-seconds (nano?) for pressure to build to increase velocity, in theory. Only a chrono can tell.
Shorter barrels are normally found in game fields, not game courses, for convenience sake.. Try swinging a 6 foot broom stick in a thicket!

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from GrandSlamDreamer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

FirstBubba pretty much hit the nail on the head. At the end of the day, at the longer your barrel is the less body turn you have to swing across a larger area. Thus many people prefer a longer barrel for sporting clays because it keeps their body calmer and in theory increases accuracy. Bubba covered everything else that is important.

As someone who shoots sporting clays and trap almost every week but also does some bird shooting, my suggestion is this:

If you intend to hunt with the gun, get 28" barrels, you'll appreciate the difference in weight. But if you are getting it solely for shooting sports, I would go 30" or if you can handle it 32". There are also some differences in the build of field guns compared to sporting clays guns. Sporting clays guns tend to be a little bigger in the stock to help disperse the recoil across a larger area and more dedicated guns will have a raised rib (personally I don't like it). Overall, this all adds weight to the gun and makes it hard to take into the field.

Depending on your price range, a great starting gun for sporting clays is the Beretta White Onyx or Silver Pigeon I. Oh and any sporting clays gun will work for trap, but not all trap guns will work for sporting clays.

Hope this helps

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Want a longer barrel?

www.metrogun.com

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

For Trap the longer the Barrel's the better with Ex-Full chock...JMO buy a single Barrel 32" Trap Shot gun! Sheet Shooting 26" or 28" Imp or Mod Chock is fine

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

28" is the popular choice for swinging at targets, and 26" is preferred for snap-shooting at upland game like partridge.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

One of the reasons SxS and O/U shotguns are so popular with true "upland" bird gunners. Reducing length up to 6 inches because there's no action.
I shoot a Ruger No. 1 whose barrel is the same length as my bolt gun.. Overall lengths differ by 3 inches. I know that doesn't sound like much, but in the confines of a box blind, it makes lots of difference.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

A shorter barrel will be easier to stop and start but will not swing a smoothly as one with a longer barrel. I wouldn't go with a 26" barrel for sporting clays but Im a trap guy. But I definitely wouldn't go with anything shorter than 30" for trap. For singles and handicap trap I shoot a 34" barrel because its easier to swing through targets and for doubles trap I shoot a 30" barrel because Its easier to change directions with.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

For Trap the longer the Barrel's the better with Ex-Full chock...JMO buy a single Barrel 32" Trap Shot gun! Sheet Shooting 26" or 28" Imp or Mod Chock is fine

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from buckhunter wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

To the average shooter, there is no difference. You will have to be a really good shooter to notice the difference in barrel length. Sort of like a golfer using different balls for different shots. Most will never know the difference.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Two inches doesn't soynd like much in the grand scheme of things, but.....
"sight plane" The longer your sight plane, the more accurately you "should" be able to shoot. (in theory)
"weight" Weight forward relates to "smoother" swing. Smoother swing means smoother and better follow through.
"velocity" Longer barrel length equates to higher velocity. Those ywo inches add mere milli-seconds (nano?) for pressure to build to increase velocity, in theory. Only a chrono can tell.
Shorter barrels are normally found in game fields, not game courses, for convenience sake.. Try swinging a 6 foot broom stick in a thicket!

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from GrandSlamDreamer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

FirstBubba pretty much hit the nail on the head. At the end of the day, at the longer your barrel is the less body turn you have to swing across a larger area. Thus many people prefer a longer barrel for sporting clays because it keeps their body calmer and in theory increases accuracy. Bubba covered everything else that is important.

As someone who shoots sporting clays and trap almost every week but also does some bird shooting, my suggestion is this:

If you intend to hunt with the gun, get 28" barrels, you'll appreciate the difference in weight. But if you are getting it solely for shooting sports, I would go 30" or if you can handle it 32". There are also some differences in the build of field guns compared to sporting clays guns. Sporting clays guns tend to be a little bigger in the stock to help disperse the recoil across a larger area and more dedicated guns will have a raised rib (personally I don't like it). Overall, this all adds weight to the gun and makes it hard to take into the field.

Depending on your price range, a great starting gun for sporting clays is the Beretta White Onyx or Silver Pigeon I. Oh and any sporting clays gun will work for trap, but not all trap guns will work for sporting clays.

Hope this helps

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from Clay Cooper wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

Want a longer barrel?

www.metrogun.com

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from 99explorer wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

28" is the popular choice for swinging at targets, and 26" is preferred for snap-shooting at upland game like partridge.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 40 weeks ago

One of the reasons SxS and O/U shotguns are so popular with true "upland" bird gunners. Reducing length up to 6 inches because there's no action.
I shoot a Ruger No. 1 whose barrel is the same length as my bolt gun.. Overall lengths differ by 3 inches. I know that doesn't sound like much, but in the confines of a box blind, it makes lots of difference.

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from Ncarl wrote 1 year 39 weeks ago

A shorter barrel will be easier to stop and start but will not swing a smoothly as one with a longer barrel. I wouldn't go with a 26" barrel for sporting clays but Im a trap guy. But I definitely wouldn't go with anything shorter than 30" for trap. For singles and handicap trap I shoot a 34" barrel because its easier to swing through targets and for doubles trap I shoot a 30" barrel because Its easier to change directions with.

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