26" won't affect how it shoots very much. But it will be easier to handle than a gun with a longer barrel if you are walking through difficult terrain, hilly, or lots of underbrush.Howdy all!
What are your thoughts on 26” barrels for hunting? It seems these are unwanted due to a 28” or 30” barreled gun in the resale market.
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I have a CZ 26” O/U in 20 gauge which is a great grouse gun in the New England woods. I also have a Citori Hunter in 12 gauge with 28” barrels but prefer the 26”. Also the 20 gauge is quite a bit lighter which makes a difference when carrying it all day.Got an old Citori trap gun, circa 1986. Came with two barrel sets - long set with a higher rib and Invector chokes, and a 26" set with fixed Modified over IC. Kills ruffed grouse nicely in the northern woods. Lots of thick cover to bang the barrels around in, making shorter better for the application. Might think it would be too heavy to carry, but it's almost a pound lighter than my 11-87 with the synthetic stock, which I brought along for those days where the sky kept opening up.
Exactly!!! That's why l just had my Big Mag 10 cut down to 26" and tubed. Swings great from layout blinds to pits and boats. Will try it from a pop up blind on turkeys n coyotes as well.I've shot 26" barreled guns for hunting for years. Nothing wrong with a 26". I had one on a Gold 10. With the 26 on that big receiver the OAL was the same as my 12 ga auto's with 30" barrels. It was a goose killing machine and much, much nicer to swing and get up from a layout blind with than the 30" spare it came with.