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Most waterfowl shotguns that I see have very long barrels, does a longer barrel tighten the pattern and/or extend range? If so,

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  • vasportsman
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    Thanks all, interesting discussion.

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  • ITHACASXS
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    A side note: if you are in a small waterfowl blind with another shooter, a short barrel is most unpleasant for ones eardrums, even with earplugs.

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  • Ncarl
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    No, barrel length has little to do with how a shotgun patterns. It has more to do with how one "swings". A shorter barrel is going to be a bit choppy, or not quite under controll when swung. A longer barrel will swing much smoother. It shows up a lot more on a trap or skeet field than in a duck blind. It really depends on the shooters preference. I know waterfowlers who like a 26" barrel because the choppiness you might see on a trap field can translate into maneuverability in the field. Most waterfowl guns have a 28" barrel, I suppose its because its the best of both worlds. I shoot an 870 as well as a stoeger 2000 for waterfowl, both have a 28" barrel. For singles and handicap trap I shoot a BT-99 with a 34" barrel and a Citori with a 30" barrel for doubles.

    Also, as you may have already assumed, there is no need for a longer barrel on a turkey gun because they are usually shot at stationary targets. Like Josh said. A shorter turkey barrel does better in thick brush.

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  • Josh Giannino
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    Turkey guns usually have short barrels so its easier to move threw thick brush, and tight quarters.

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  • Most waterfowl shotguns that I see have very long barrels, does a longer barrel tighten the pattern and/or extend range? If so,

    Most waterfowl shotguns that I see have very long barrels, does a longer barrel tighten the pattern and/or extend range? If so, why do turkey designed shotguns usually have shorter barrels?

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