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was wondering what you all think, i have always shot a 28 inch tube for geese.

i just got a new gun with a 26 inch tube. i shoot it very well on the clay course.

but do you think it will suffer any power for bringing down geese. i have heard conflicting ( stories) on this and hope i can use this for the big birds this season.

thanks for all the help :roll:
 

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If you have the invector choke tube sytem or something similar it is only the last 2 inches of the barrel that matters anyways. If you hunt smooth bore like the old model guns use the 28 inch barrel
 

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noodlebender said:
i just got a new gun with a 26 inch tube. i shoot it very well on the clay course.

but do you think it will suffer any power for bringing down geese. i have heard conflicting ( stories) on this and hope i can use this for the big birds this season.
The shorter 26" barrel will be better in close shooting quarters like sporting clays/skeet, and Grouse/woodcock. Where as the 28" is more suited for a bit longer shots like Trap and ducks/geese/pheasant. The 30" is even more suited at long shots like pass shooting and the like (+40yds).

As far as power-no difference at all.
 

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I shoot a 3 1/2" Benelli Nova that has a 26" barrel. There is no difference at all. I have killed many ducks and geese with it. I use it for every type of hunting I do, including quail. I like the 26" barrels better than 28" barrels.
 

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Barrel length has nothing to do with reaching out further with your shot. It's all in your choke system. a longer barrel does help in your aim, being longer you get on the target faster. I shoot a 26' barrel and it took a little adjustment getting used to the shorter barrel but once you do its great. Less of a cannon to drag through the cat tails. Again its all preference. for a younger shooter they may be better off with a longer barrel until their shooting improves. I stated off with a 30' full choke
 

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With todays quality loads, the barrel length does not matter. Todays loads are far superior to anything just a hand full of years ago. The choke will change your shot pattern to do whatever you desire. Pattern you gun with the loads you are going to shoot and this will help you to get the most out of it. I shoot 26" barrels and 28" barrels. The 28" swings better and is easier to shoot. But the 26" is much nicer to carry in the blind.
 

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I shoot alot of trap and have noticed that a long 30 inch barrel maintains a constant swing that is better suited for targets with a constant speed and angle. When the wind starts to blow them around a bit I grab the 26 inch barrel for those darting clays. I've read alot of information on barrel length as it pertains to velocity and all the experts state most of the powder is burned within 18 inches. When it comes to barrel length It's more of a personal choice than anything. For high flyers I'd like longer barrel and over decoys the shorter barrel. By the way I shoot a pair of remington 870's, a wing master for trap and a 3 inch express for hunting.
 

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ok this is a sad sad story
i shoot a winchester model 12 recently the end of the barrel exploded i have 21 inches of good barrel left and i we are going to just try to put a toilet plunger choke on it do u think it will still perform for geese?
 
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