I plan on picking up a Beretta Xtreme Opti-Fade in the next month or so and will be mainly hunting Canadian geese, duck and pheasant primarily in Ohio and Michigan. Trying to decide between 26" 28" or 30". Lets see some opinions. Thanks.
I bought a a400 xtream a couple of years and realy like it. I went back and forth on what size buy. I ended up going with the 30 inch. It keeps the muzzle farther away from others in the blind, it also keeps it away from you when you forget to put your hearing protection on. I never understood some of these guns sold waterfowl guns that are ported? That just seems like a bad idea unless you hunting alone.
A 28" if it's a 3.5" gun. For years I used a 26" auto for ducks, which is the same length as a 30" OU in most cases. Shorter barrels swing quicker, longer barrels smoother. I now shoot all 28" auto guns for waterfowl.
I think 28" is best all around length, gives you all the options you need if equipped with choke tubes.
I like the length for a longer sighting plane as I am used to shooting a trap gun more than any others.
Like the others have stated it really ends up being your personal preference.
Depends on what type of birds .... ducks with a 12, I'd go with 26"-28". Pheasant I tend to go with 28" and quail I am good with either 26" or 28" but lean to the 28". This is due to the type of cover, thick brush I use the 26".