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30 vs 32

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by maclellan1911, Jul 10, 2007.

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  1. maclellan1911

    maclellan1911 TS Member

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    when looking for a trap gun, i tried several. 34" barrel I couldnt help but look at it while shooting.
     
  2. esoxhunter

    esoxhunter Well-Known Member

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    I feel there is no difference between a 32" and a 30" barrel as far as performance. That being said, it seems to be what "feels" better to the shooter. I feel the 32" barrels swing smoother than the 30". A smaller person might feel the 30" is much smoother. I think the difference between the 32" barrels and the 30" barrels is really decided by the 6" between the shooters ears. :) Ed
     
  3. bigclown

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    esoxhunter is 100% correct. I am 6'3" and 32" barrels work fine for me, but someone shorter might feel more comfortable with 30". You gotta try both. Best Regards, (another) Ed
     
  4. slide action

    slide action Well-Known Member

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    To me the 32in. O/U barrels are a tad long, however I have shot them on Handicap and done well with them. As posted above, the best idea is to try each and decide for yourself.
     
  5. phirel

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    For me, a heavy longer barreled gun swings smoother and is less likely to stop swinging until the shot is fired. I am not convinced swinging the barrels in a gun shop will help one make the best decision. Shooting them on the line is the best way to tell which is best.

    Pat Ireland
     
  6. JoeBerg

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    Dick Bennett states in his book "Trapshooting Is A Game Of Opposites", that a longer barrel with a longer sight radius gives a truer point to the target. His words not mine.

    I shoot the 32" XT, but most people do seem to prefer the 30" XT. If I wanted something to shoot primarily trap with, and then maybe an occasional round of sporting clays, I would probably opt for the 30" barrel on the XT, and I know folks who do just that. If I only wanted to shoot trap with it, I'd probably stick with the 32".

    You can break a lot of targets regardless of the barrel length, so I would let personal preference dictate the choice of one over the other. - JoeBerg
     
  7. starshot2b

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    I've run the gamut - started with a 30" 391, went to a 32" Browning, then a 34" 682 topsingle, now I'm back to 30" XT. I find there is not a lot of difference between a 30 or 32. I did think however, that the 34" was just too long for me (I'm only 5'4) and heavy as well. Honestly, there were days I felt I could just poke at the target and hit it - that's how long it felt to me sometimes.

    I was concerned that the 30" XT was going to be too whippy. Not true, for me. It feels balanced and I have control. Too me, that's important. We are getting along just fine!!! Just another opinion.
     
  8. BDodd

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    Another personal decision. What's good for one may be miserable to another. You must try and test drive the choices and make your own decision....Bob Dodd

    Sherree - I can't resist, you're 5'4" and heavy too or you're 5'4" and the gun is heavy too!!!<;-)
     
  9. starshot2b

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    Bob.... very funny!!! The gun Bob...the gun was too heavy! LOL
     
  10. ALF27

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    WHEN WE DESIGNED OUR "MODEL TWIN", WE DECIDED TO MAKE THE BARRELS 31" ... NO DECISION NECESSARY.

    LARRY D. ALFERMANN ............ ALFERMANN USA
     
  11. Scoutman 06

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    Barrel weight also comes into play along with length. I have a Beretta 682 O/U & an MX-8 O/U, both with 32" bbls. but the Beretta bbls. weigh 1.42 kgs. while the Perazzi bbls. weigh 1.67 kgs. I weigh 205#'s so the MX-8 definitely swings smoother for me but a smaller person may prefer lighter barrels. John
     
  12. Old Cowboy

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    Being quite tall (6'1") I find the 32" O/U rests comfortably on my toe between shots. More so than the 30" which isn't quite long enuf' to reach my toe.

    John C. Saubak

    ps--short people might prefer the 30"
     
  13. omahasportingsupply

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    John<br> I have the opposite problem. When I shoot the 30 or 32", they rest just right on my toe. The 34" barrel cock my arm up at such an angle, it puts a cramp in my shoulder. You barrel length may vary. Omaha
     
  14. starshot2b

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    Uh John, we prefer "vertically challenged." LoL

    I didn't have any problem resting any of them on my toe, but still felt the 34" was too long overall. I'm with Omaha, your barrel length may vary...
     
  15. ljutic73

    ljutic73 Well-Known Member

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    I shoot a 30" Browning Superposed ST-100 for doubles and wish it was 32". Without side ribs on the bbls. it light on the front.
     
  16. Mr. Professional

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    I rest the gun on my toe, and the only difference is how far i have to stoop over to drop a shell in. I am 6 ft tall and i like the K-32 32'' topsingle and a 30 inch over/under. obviously, the shorter barrell, the quicker swing and "seeimgly" more weight to the butt of the gun.
     
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