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advantage of longer barrel/disadvantages???

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by knutershooter, Jun 11, 2011.

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  1. knutershooter

    knutershooter Member

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    Taking into account geometry etc, longer sight plane, swing etc what are the advantages of a longer barrel 34 vs 30 etc. Any input would be great. does the longer barrel help at handicap?

    Thanks!
     
  2. BigM-Perazzi

    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Never witnessed a short barrel win consistently ....
     
  3. knutershooter

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    Is the a geometric reason? Swing? Can you elaborate?
     
  4. hunter44

    hunter44 Well-Known Member

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    BigM, if you have never witnessed a shorter barrel win consistently, you should watch Rachel Hopkins shoot her 32" MX10........she wins rather consistently.

    Use the barrel length that fits you.
     
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    I was wondering if you should stay with a barrel length no longer than your inseam length.That way no danger in smacking barrel on ground when you open the action aand are waiting for your turn to shoot,plus it would look proportionately to you legs while waiting.

    Doug H.
     
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    What's most important is the feel of the swing TO YOU and the OVERALL length of the gun (i.e. how far the front sight is from your eye when shouldered). A 30 bbl in a pump gun or semi-auto seems plently long to me but a 32" on a SBT seems a little short. Beyond sight radius and weight distribution it's mostly mental. But "mental" doesn't mean it won't work. I've tricked people into thinking I "fixed" their gun and then, after they raved about how much better it shoots, told them it was just sitting in my safe for the last month. If you think it helps, it does.

    -Gary
     
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    BigM-Perazzi Well-Known Member

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    Hunter, I don't consider 32" a short bbl....
     
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    To elaborate on BigM's last statement, a Short barrel in Trap would be 28" or less. 30"-34" make up the majority of Trap guns.

    Doug--Interesting theory and i suppose if thats how you'd prefer to choose barrel length its your prerogative. I shoot a 34" barreled Beretta and have never raked my barrel on the ground. My inseam is 4" shorter. It just takes paying attention like gun safety.
     
  9. shotgun1957

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    i shoot a 32 in consistently in handicap which i,m shooting from yhe 22 yd line
    i love the swing and the weight of a bt99 with a 32 in, barrel
     
  10. Old Cowboy

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    If you're a tall guy the longer barrel reaches your toe better without having to lean over awkwardly.

    John C. Saubak
     
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