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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: ]
JAY B
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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]
4onaside
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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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