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Shotgun Question ~ 28" or 30" Barrels

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by MightyOak, Feb 13, 2012.

  1. MightyOak

    MightyOak Engaging Member

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    Put in for my Shotgun Cert few weeks ago , just waiting for the FEO to visit. I've narrowed it down to either Browning B525 or Miroku .

    So what does everybodys opinions on barrel length ?
    28" or 30" and is there that much difference ? ( apart from a couple of inches ;) )

    Cheers
     
  2. Kyska

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    To me personally it doesn't make a huge difference, is this for shooting animals or clay?

    My 12g is 28" and my 20g is 30".
     
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    It going to be an all rounder , Clay , Pigeon and Game
    Looking at 12G O/U

    I visited Kibworth , and shouldered a few new guns in both 28" and 30". I thought the 28" was easier to swing does this have and benefits ? Ringing round briefly this morning , other dealers say the 30" is the more common gun .

    Thanks for reply
     
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    well, if you're going on driven shoots then I would go for the longer barrel, as a field gun i LOVE to shoot my old dad's 20g o/u 28" berretta 686sp. so light, really swingable, beautifully made - just perfect for working hedges, wildfowling and perfectly good as a gun for driven shooting too.
     
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    Excuse the ignorance Andy, but why the longer barrel for driven shooting?

    I am also looking to purchase a 12g when the miracle happens and my tickets arrive! I am not the tallest guy in the world and am planning mainly rough/hide shooting with some clay thrown in for practice. I have been looking at the B525 Hunter in 28" as I figured that a slightly shorter gun would be more usable in the field.

     
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    longer barrels generally (not always, obviously depends on your chokes) encourage the same kind if velocity increase that you would see in a longer barrelled air rifle as well as encouraging a slightly tighter shot pattern at range.
    the sacrifice you make is it being a little heavier and less pointable, and often for working hedges you don't want that tight shot pattern for mega high shots cos you might only be shooting a bunny or pheasant 25 yards away!
    My gun of choice is the berretta 686 28" 20g with sporting (1/4" , 1/2" choke) - i haven't found much I cant do with it. I use a 12g for shooting geese.
     
  7. Donki Oaty

    Donki Oaty Where's the time going?

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    I've inherited a 28" Miroku, so I'll be sticking with that.
    Most friends have 28" too.
     
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    Where did you read such pish??? A longer barrel in a shotgun does not change the pattern at all or affect the velocity. A 28" half choked barrel will throw the same pattern as a 30" or 26". If anything, a longer barrel will make the gun MORE pointable but slower to get onto the target/swing whereas a shorter barrel will swing faster.

    For general walked up game/hide shooting a 28" gun will be fine. A lot depends on your shooting style. I try to get onto the target as quick as possible and pull the trigger that's why I prefer short barrels, that and the fact I learnt how to shoot using 26 3/4". If you like to swing with the target and take your time, longer barrels will suit you better.
     
  9. keeprightontilltheendoftheroad

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    I agree with Muzzy when shooting Skeet which is fast you use a shorter gun for speed of swing movement. You use 9's or 9 1/2 carts on skeet shooting sporting I would recommend 30" multi choke but really sporting side need three guns dedicated skeet gun, a dedicated trap gun and a overall sporting gun. Use diff cart in each barrel second shot us travelling away so that's where that helps. I normally get with the first!! Lol can't say anymore unless you pay for it I've had coaching from a commonwealth champion. Really technical but generally a good shooter with a good multi choke gun will do well but having a long 30" on skeet will be awkward I've tried.
     
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    Carts come in if using wrong loads 7 1/2 and 8s most popular for sporting - Pigeon shooting I use 30g 6's and I use a 28" fixed choke Lincoln.
     
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    Have you been out with Steve?

     
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    I've got a 32" Miroku, which I love. If you miss, you jab the bird out of the sky with the muzzles.
     
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    Brilliant , :up:
     
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    Thanks for the replies,
    Yes , I guess its purely down to personal choice reading the replies. I half expected this tbh.

    I'll try the 28" barrelled B525 again , as this did feel right.
    Suppose I wont know until ive put a good few hundred cartridges through my choice to be sure.

    Cheers again for the advice
     
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    Thats pretty much it fella, what ever feels right for you, a £100,000 Purdy won't shoot as well as a £50 baikal if the Baikal fits you.

    Where are you in Leicestershire?
     
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    Personally I use a 28" barrel as it is so much easier to swing for clays, when I eventually get my SGC I will be getting an escort semi auto for hunting, I am thinking of a 26" for that to make it easier when hunting.

    TMF
     
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    PM sent
     
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    ive always used 28 inch i think a bit lighter and swing easer but it is personal to you
     
  19. Gizza22196

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    ive been shooting my dads MK38 32" for a bit now and love it, we went and bought a 28" the other day and i couldnt hit a barn if i was inside it!
    i think the 28" is just too fast in the swing for me
     
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    I think that 2 or 4 inches does make a differance and it is best to stick to one length i started with a 28 inch and have always had that length and have only used longer when trying other peoples guns and like you could not hit the same , but suspect it would come after a few shoots
     

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