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barrel length?

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by slayer, Jan 16, 2010.

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  1. slayer

    slayer Well-Known Member

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    I presently shoot a bt-99 with a rad setup [recoil reduction]. It has a 32 inch barrel. I am strongly considering going to 34 inch barrel for the longer sight plane. This is going to involve buying a new or slightly used bt with a 34 inch and changing everything over and then selling the gun with the 32 inch eventually. I'm wondering if this is going to be worth the trouble. I shoot the 32 reasonably well right now, hitting 95 and 96's regularly with the occasional 97 and better. any thoughts on whether I should go for the change?
    Bill in MI
     
  2. WNCRob

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    If you're doing it to get a longer sight plane, I'd say that is the wrong reason. It's not a rifle. Balance and handling are more important. Most seem to like the longer bbl, though. I had a 33" Ljutic, which I subsequently have sold, but honestly, I don't notice any difference that the bbl length makes. Now, if I were considering getting a gun other than a BT, I'd definitely get one with the 34" bbl just because it is much easier to sell later.

    WNCRob
     
  3. Hap MecTweaks

    Hap MecTweaks Well-Known Member

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    Bill in MI, spend that extra money on shells and shooting what you now have and you'll be much farther ahead in your shooting improvement department!!

    Hap
     
  4. chiefjon

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    As I was learning this game, I was indoctrinated into believing that "break open" guns were the best, that 34" barrels were unbeatable, and that the more money you spent on a gun = the more targets you would break. I have had no fewer than 10 really nice, and sometimes quite expensive trap guns of all lengths and description. Bottom line, you can't buy a target...your eyes and reflexes are the real key to breaking 100 targets in a row.

    I have passed over some really nice 32" guns, strickly because it was not a 34". The one gun I really wish I had back was a 30" Citori Plus, with which I shot a 96 singles and I only paid $1000.00 for.

    Keep the one you want and practice more. If you buy another gun it is because you want it and you have the money...not because you are buying a higher score. IMHO.

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  5. short shucker

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    I must agree here on what the others have said. The 2 inch different sighting plane will do nothing for your scores unless you have your mind made up about needing a 34" barrel.

    I shoot Beretta's mainly and my favorite trap barrel is a mobile choked 32" O/U. I shoot it much better than my 34" unsingle barrel. The weight of the 2 barrels is nearly identicle, the unsingle is a little lighter.

    I'm 6'3" so longer barrels don't bother me.

    Ultimatly the decission is yours.

    ss
     
  6. slayer

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    thanks for the input guys. For now I'm convinced that I should keep what I've got and just keep shootin'.
    Bill
     
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