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30" or 32" barrrel for sporting clays?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by dan2116, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. dan2116

    dan2116 Member

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    I am going to buy a sporting clays gun ( Browning 625 ) and wanted opinions on barrel length preference 30" or 32" and why. Thank you for your help.
     
  2. Scoutman 06

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    It really depends on what you are comfortable with weightwise. What are you currently shooting? I shoot a 32" Beretta myself but have also shot my friends 30" K-80 several times & it was fine also. Try & shoot a few different guns yourself & see if it helps your decision. John
     
  3. skeet_man

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    Resale will be significantly better on a 32" gun.

    Unless you're very short, a woman, or a junior shooter, go with the 32" gun.
     
  4. dan2116

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    I have shot a friends 30" 625 and love it. I was wondering if the weight or balance is noticeably different with a 32" barreled gun. I am 6' 3" but have to shoot from a stool because of bad back.
     
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    What Skeetman said. You will do well with the 32", and nobody I know wants a 30" Sporter. I shoot a 34" barrel for Sporting, Trap, and Bunker. I save my 32" barrel for the Skeetie tubes.

    I wanted to get pink tubes, but Briley talked me out of it. LOL
     
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    30"...perfect for the long and close up targets...
     
  8. wireguy

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    If you have shot your friend's 625 and love it, and it works well for you, and you have to shoot from a stool, I would say stay with what you know works for you. Shooting from a stool you don't have the same dynamic body and gun movement that helps balance the gun as you do when shooting on your feet, and going with 32 COULD be somewhat weight forward when shooting from a stool. The flip side would be if you are in great physical condition with excellent muscle tone the 32" might work fine for you.
     
  9. dan2116

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    Well...............Negative on the Great physical condition and excellent muscle tone :)
     
  10. Dr.Longshot

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    32"inch all the way, change tubes for your sport, Trp, Skeet, Sporting Clays


    Gary Bryant
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  11. Shooting Coach

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    I am 62, 5' 10", and 151 lbs. I have no trouble at all with my 34" Sporter. Without the barrel weights attached to my Blaser's barrel, I blow through Skeet targets.

    32" is the longest O/U barrel Browning makes. It will work for you.
     
  12. brownk80

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    go with the 30" barrels, you will get in front of the crossers faster and the difference in 2" won't make squat difference in your patterns.
     
  13. HTSmith

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    Personally I think barrel lengths are more about fashion and style than shooting dynamics and effectiveness. There were plenty of 100 straights shot at skeet with 26" barrels prior to the 1980's. My 29" Beretta mobile barrels weigh more than my 32" Beretta optima barrels. Longer barrels are in fashion now.

    I do agree with the other posters that the 32" will retain used value better. On the other hand you may be able to pick up a slightly used 30" gun for a better deal.
     
  14. Setterman

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    Depends how much you shoot, and what kind of courses you shoot. A local small course may have short visual windows and a faster swinging 30" gun may help you "swing" if you are a novice.

    If you'll shoot longer or NSCA tournament targets, get a 32" gun. A longer sight plane helps smooth out the swing. And the resale will be better.

    If you buy a 30" gun, in the future you can always add Mueller or other longer, heavier choke tubes which will add weight and be as long as a 32" gun.

    FWIW, Mueller's in a 32" gun felt too long for me, but lot's of the top guns use them.
     
  15. kraiza

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    I shoot both 30 and 32" barrels. As long as the gun don't feel to barrel heavy.
    Get the 32
     
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    I wouldnt dismiss a 28" barrel either.Some courses in the northeast tend to be wooded and brushy with mostly IC targets.
    Here,30/32" feel a little clumsy slower to move to me,but on an open trap field or skeet field ,longer bbls feels better.
     
  17. CalvinMD

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    Id try the 32s and go that way if you manage them well...I have a 32" GTI and it works terrific and keeps my swing smooth
     
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    Shooting in the sitting position makes a big difference you use your arms more because you can not twist from the waist. The weight on your arms is felt more with a sitting position I would go with a 30 inch gun as Browning 32 guns are quite heavy I have one myself great gun but not for a chair gun IMHO I tried it and my left arm could feel the weight and tired rather quickly. I would try both and shoot a few hundred you will see what I mean after that.
     
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    32" period..
     
  20. OLD ONE EYE

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    32 /34 all a bunch of houey its a fad like peg pants and bell bottoms if you like a barrel heavy gun you will love the longer barreled o/u guns. Sir George Digweed tried 34 inch barrels and went back to 31 1/2 and he is a stout gentelman balance and swing length is overated

    A world class sporting clays shooter that just shot for USA in Europe and won his class uses a 28 inch o/u
     
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