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34" barrels for singles?

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by chatbrat, Dec 30, 2007.

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  1. chatbrat

    chatbrat TS Member

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    Why would anyone need a singles gun with 34" barrels for singles? Also, if you're under 5, 9" wouldn't a longer barrel hinder your swing?---Phil
     
  2. ec90t

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    I tend to think that some prefer the longer barrels for weight & balance issues.

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  3. AAtrap

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    Phil, I'm not sure that it is really a need as much as it is a practical thing for many shooters. A lot of shooters I know, shoot the same gun for singles as they do for hdc and many shooters use a 34in. bbl. for hdc.

    I agree with you that a 34 in. bbl. is not needed for singles and that a shorter bbl. gun may swing a little faster for a person of smaller stature or any stature as far as that is concerned. Up until a yr. and a half ago, I shot a 28 in. bbl. gun for singles. A yr. ago last August I purchased a Ljutic with 33 1/2 bbl. to shoot hdc. with. I finally decided to use that same gun to shoot singles with so as to eliminate carrying three guns. It took me a while to get used to shooting the longer bbl. for singles as well as a much tighter choke. Have a Happy New Year and good shooting. Steve
     
  4. Hipshot 3

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    The shorter the barrel the quicker the swing and with better control!
     
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    The shorter the barrel, the quicker the swing with less control. A longer barrel swings smoothly and is more difficult to stop just as you shoot.

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  6. chatbrat

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    Well Pat , both you & Hipshot agree on only one point, shorter barrels swing quicker---would more weight smooth out the swing---Phil
     
  7. dbcook

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    a 30 in. model 12 was the gun for a zillion years.many have wandered why they ever quit shooting one. dwain
     
  8. Hipshot 3

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    Just do it like you are smoothly painting the target out of the sky! Don't start, stop, and start your swing again....I guarantee you will miss!
     
  9. Chango2

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    I thought that the 34 inch barrel tends to give the same sight picture at 16 and at any yardage, hence that classic length helps keep things simple.
     
  10. X Trap 2

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    I prefer the 34 inch over shorter barrels. I have owned and shot shorter barrels but not nearly as good as the 34". The 34" is just easier for me to aim with. I might add that my gun is not a heavy lunker either. I am not a big guy either, maybe stronger, but I still like a light gun and shoot right at a 3 dram 1 1/8 ounce load for all.
     
  11. Hap MecTweaks

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    Unless you're an arm swinger,pusher,puller, isn't swinging a shotgun a figure of speech for trapshooters? Hap
     
  12. phirel

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    Hap is correct. We should swing our middle and/or lower bodies and the gun just moves along with our body movement.

    The term swinging is loosely used by us and it does have several different meanings. Hap- Should a good shooter on post three be able to swing both ways?

    Pat Ireland
     
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    Even if you stay all locked in and move from the ankles to the waist, the gun still swings, it's just in unison with your torso.

    chat, there will be a certain barrel weight and length and weight distribution that just feels right to you. If you shot a 28" barrel that moved too fast for you, you could add weight in the forearm and put a barrel weight on. The closer to the muzzle you place the weight, the move you increase polar moment, and the more you slow the swing.

    I tried a 35" barrel on my Perazzi and liked it so much better than the 34" I was shooting that I bought one. Now I have a different one and 34" O/U barrels to match. I like the smooth, even swing. The 35" is admittedly just a touch slower to move than the 34". I like that. It slows me down slightly, I have another instant to watch the bird and determine its line, I swing more smoothly, and I follow through more readily. Also, the bird breaks a yard or two further out, which helps pattern-wise with a full choke used for singles. For caps the smoother swing and improved follow through are even more important.
     
  14. Hap MecTweaks

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    Pat, I once saw a shooter that swings both ways (hearsay) at the Ca. state shoot on post 3.

    Since we're talking about swinging, which is easiest to "swing", a 12 pound O/U with 30 inch barrels or a 9 pound 35 inch barreled gun? Hap
     
  15. phirel

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    Hap- You have asked what appears to be a simple lever problem but you would have to provide the length of the force arms and resistant arms.

    How about swinging both ways when you shoot doubles?

    Pat Ireland
     
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