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#1079421 - 12/11/08 07:24 PM Barrel lengths
4onaside
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What length barrel does everyone use? I have an 870 with a 26"barrel, but it is a tad long with some pop-up blinds that I am using. Works fine in some homebrew permanent blinds that I have built, but I like the flexibility of popups. Obviously, the solution is to get a bigger and more expensive popup, or a shorter barrel.
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#1079662 - 12/11/08 09:07 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: 4onaside]
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#1080217 - 12/12/08 10:09 AM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: WTM]
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I think mine is 23
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#1082124 - 12/13/08 08:14 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: ]
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Mossberg 835 ultimag tatical turkey 20"!
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#1082608 - 12/14/08 11:54 AM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: JAY B]
4onaside
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Been pondering the long barrel deal, and I have come up with at least a semi-solution, without the expense of a new shotgun or barrel. Install a flush mounted choke, which will chop an inch off replacing the extended choke now in place(hopefully the new one will pattern "good enough"). And, replace the recoil pad with a plastic butt plate( which will shorten the gun by almost another inch). Aint scewin' around with this stuff fun!
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#1084257 - 12/15/08 12:50 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: 4onaside]
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I'm pretty partial to my 26" with ext. choke in my 870.
I went out and bought a blind thinking I needed it, wound up using it to hunt in on a rainy day and got a jake for practice (first solo bird). Then the other 3 were locate, run & gun (figuratively speaking). No time to set up a blind...... I use it now some to deer hunt out of.... The key is to just be versatile, the less you have to carry around the easier it will be to carry a big gobbler for a long distance.
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#1084292 - 12/15/08 01:03 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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24" Mossberg 835 Ultimag with a comp-choke XXX full choke
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#1084422 - 12/15/08 01:38 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
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 Originally Posted By: Grizzly_Johnson
I'm pretty partial to my 26" with ext. choke in my 870.
I went out and bought a blind thinking I needed it, wound up using it to hunt in on a rainy day and got a jake for practice (first solo bird). Then the other 3 were locate, run & gun (figuratively speaking). No time to set up a blind...... I use it now some to deer hunt out of.... The key is to just be versatile, the less you have to carry around the easier it will be to carry a big gobbler for a long distance.
My son is the long distance carrier of birds.Well, that is, assuming that he can shoot! lol The "flexibility" that I speak of, is setting up a portable where the birds were sounding off yesterday, assuming that I don't have a permanent there already. The run and gun days for me are but a distant memory. Besides, I seem to kill more turkeys the less mobile that I become! One of the benefits of old age is to make you stay still. At any rate, I have ordered a Carlson Flush mount turkey choke and a vintage remington butt plate, so we'll see. If this thing don't pattern to suit me, I suppose that I'll put the extended choke back on and sit all the way back in one corner of the blind!
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#1084728 - 12/15/08 03:22 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: 4onaside]
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I have two 870's
1 with 21"
1 with 23"
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#1087324 - 12/16/08 03:28 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Lawrence]
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24" on my Mossberg 835. My first turkey gun was a Mossberg 500 and it had a 28" barrel and was just too long for my liking.
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#1105801 - 12/30/08 06:17 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Gravey]
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I have a 870 with a 28 inch barrel that shoots 3" shells and its a turkey killin machine. This past spring I bought a camo mossberg 535 that shoots 3 1-2" shells with a 24" barrel. The 870 shoots great groups the barrel is a little long tho. The mossberg shoots good groups too, but ive missed two turkeys, because the pattern is high with factory sights. Hope to remedy that with the TRU-GLO red dot i just bought. I dont think the length of the barrel makes the gun pattern any better and the shorter barrel is easier to carry around.
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#1109327 - 01/01/09 09:45 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: 4onaside]
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I just checked my 870...It has a 20" barrel 21" with the rhino 660 choke...Oh yeah just put my new surshot stock on it..I love it...
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#1117846 - 01/07/09 12:08 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: DBLAARCHERY]
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Got several turkey guns in about every length, but I hunt most often with a Benelli M1 with an 18 1/8-inch tactical barrel. With the Gobblin' Thunder choke it measures just shy of 19 3/4.
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#1119782 - 01/08/09 01:35 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: ]
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Can't go wrong with a 24.
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#1131639 - 01/16/09 07:37 AM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: showmehorns]
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835 with a 24" and Kicks choke
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#1133666 - 01/17/09 02:52 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: paradis1142]
Wes Parrish
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GENERALLY speaking, longer barrels will produce more uniform patterns, and higher velocities than shorter barrels.

But IMO, the advantages of longer barrels are off-set by two particular disadvantages:

1) A turkey is more likely to see (and in some cases hear) you when carrying a long-barreled gun. A longer barrel sticks out farther from your body, and any movement of the gun is magnified more; and since it sticks out farther, you're more likely to bang it on something, making a noise that could spook a turkey.

2) A longer barrel may be very hard or impossible to use in some blind set-ups. I've also raised a long-barreled gun and hit a tree trunk, limb, or even a big weed, interrupting the shooting process (sometimes spooking the bird) --- less likely with a shorter barrel.

I prefer a barrel no longer than 24 inches for turkey hunting.
And most of the after-market "turkey" chokes will add another inch or two to your barrel length.

That said, I've killed most of my turkeys with a 28-inch barrel, in part because I was turkey hunting long before the advantages of shorter barrels were realized and marketed.

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#1133671 - 01/17/09 02:59 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Wes Parrish]
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Since this is a thread about "barrel lengths", keep in mind most of the after-market "turkey" chokes increase your barrel length.

I've even seen some that were highly rated for their performance, yet they were very "shiny" and reflective --- IMO almost totally negating their value for turkey hunting.

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#1142417 - 01/22/09 02:12 PM Re: Barrel lengths [Re: Wes Parrish]
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There is a great article in NWTF mag adressing this. The length of barrel does not matter. Back in the day where powders burned different it mattered. With new powder it burns out around 11 inch of the barrel, so length has absolutely nothing to do with the velocity. Now the pattern is dictated stictly by the choke. SO you can shoot a 20 or28 inch barrel with the same choke and get the same results. It was a great article!
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