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I am contemplating a new gun. I already have an unsingle 34" barrel. My O/U is 32" and have an old Beretta O/U that is 30". All have screw in chokes. My question is this: Does it really matter what the length is (for trap) as my thinking is that tighter patterns can be had by using tighter chokes. Comments anyone?
 

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The general trend is to longer barrels. You need to shoot different guns and barrel lengths to see what works best for you.
 

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Trap shooters have longer barrels.
 

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There is no difference in performance.

Barrel length preference is driven primarily by fad. So mostly you just pick your fave fad. Hopefully that does not come in conflict w/ whatever dynamics you might be partial to.

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Barrel length is as much a function of your personal stature as anything, as well as the games you play with them.
 

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Different barrel lengths swing differently. I was rared on 34" barrel so that's what I shoot and like. He'll who knows, I mite shoot a shorter one better but never give it much thought. I think a shorter barrel mite benefit some in the doubles game expesually. Smaller not as strong people seem to do better shorter but the resale will take a hit with shorter barrels. Try to shoot them all before making a choice but if you can't go with the longer one as you can always sale it and get something else.
 
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