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30" vs. 32"

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by Hamer, Apr 21, 2009.

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  1. Hamer

    Hamer TS Member

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    What are the advantages and disadvantages of this difference of two inches in general and specifically in an O/U? How much difference does it make?

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  2. GW22

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    ADVANTAGES of longer barrel:

    Slightly better sight radius (eye to front bead)

    Swings a little slower, good for trap IMO

    More weight = less recoil


    DISADVANTAGES of longer barrel:

    Can feel a bit more barrel heavy if you're not strong


    HOW MUCH DIFFERENCE IT MAKES:

    Usually very little in terms of shot pattern and actual performance of gun itself. HUGE difference if you've mentally convinced yourself that long barrels are critical for trap. In other words, it's mostly in your head.

    -Gary
     
  3. WesleyB

    WesleyB Well-Known Member

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    It doesnt matter.
     
  4. JBrooks

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    Trap is a mind game. If you let immaterial stuff like barrel length screw with your mind, it matters.
     
  5. Barry C. Roach

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    After having both shoulders replaced I went to a 30"er for both doubles and singles. It has helped a bit.
     
  6. Andy44

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    I had a 30" SKB 85TSS Trap and really liked how it moved on doubles and skeet. I've since sold it and bought a new SKB Sporting with 32" barrels, and find it to be smoother moving with just slightly more control. I've tried other brands with 32" barrels and did not like they way they swing. Best to get out and try several to find which one "feels" and shoots the best for you. Those are really the only factors you should consider, IMHO.

    AndyH ;-)
     
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