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Once saw a sign on a rest room wall:

"Men with short muskets

......PLEASE...........

stand closer to the firing line!"
 

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There's no ballistic advantage going from 30" to 34". Most people use 34" because they prefer the balance and sight plane. Personally I failed to realizing anything over 32", single or double barrel.
 

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Steve- many of us shoot longer barrels at singles and handicap because that is the barrel length on the gun we bought and we did not give a lot of thought to the barrel length when we bought the gun. I also suspect that many shooters do not even know how to properly measure the length of the barrel on their shotgun.

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I use a 30" sporting clays gun. I shoot longer shots in sporting clays then I do on trap.
I just like my 34" trap gun for the weight and balance better for trap.
 

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There is no advantage of a 34" inch Bbl over a 30" bbl w/ same choke dimensions
Full-IM as long as they are the same. in target breaking, pattern, or distance of breaking the target per se.

A 30" inch Bbl will point more quickly than a 34" inch Bbl, it is all a matter of personal preference.

Mine is 32" un-single points better for me than a 34" Bbl, I break hiugher scores with the 32" than the 34".

I broke a 100 from Hdcp w/a 30" full choke model 12, everything was right and I did it with 2 3/4 dram 1145fps #8s AAs.


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I guess nobody should say anything to all those game shooters and their M12's. I've seen a lot of 75yrd+ shots made with a slide gun.

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Look at the Air Force Bunker shooters Such as Mike Herman and P D Parker shooting Really good scores with the 30" Barrels on their Bunker Guns.
 

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I bought a new SKB thios year with a 34" unsingle barrel and it's just too heavy. Dhhoting wise a 34" has no advantage over a 30" except a perceived better sighting plane which I don't believe.
 

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I had the pleasure of shooting next to an older gentleman out west , I believe he was from Maryland, when he ran 100 from the 27 yd. line using a 28" Model 12. And I believe the barrel was marked MOD...It's not the arrow, it's the Indian!

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Don't forget the pumps and auto's have about 4 inches of receiver to add on to the barrel. So a 30 inch pump or auto is more like a 34 inch single or double. Plus the pumps and autos that have steel receivers have a lot more weight in the middle.
 

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A 30" barrel will break targets further than you can.


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I beleive Leo Harrison III shoots a Beretta DT10 Trident 30" o/u shotgun for singles, doubles and handicap (I don't know for sure that he uses this gun for all three events) he recently shot 100 x 100 from the 27 at the Grand American not more than a couple days ago and I do beleive it was with that 30" o/u. Anyhow, maybe someone that has seen Leo shoot recently can say if he was or was not shooting that Beretta o/u. Hope this helps.

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