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Dantankerous

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Shotgun barrel length?
« on: June 21, 2017, 11:25:23 AM »
Is there a preferred or at least more useful barrel length with a shot guns used in Wild Bunch? I have a Model 12 with modified choke and currently a 28-inch barrel I'd like to cut down to something a touch more maneuverable. It's a plenty good shotgun so it might see uses a home defense gun as well. At least in theory. What do you guys like to run for barrel lengths on your 97s and Model 12s?

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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2017, 12:21:53 PM »
Dan, I run about 23" on mine because that's where the cutts was at. I have one 18 1/2" and feel it's just a little whippey for some applications. Of course these are all model 12's that I compete with now. Dusty Boddams

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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2017, 12:40:49 PM »
Of my six M 12s 4 have the longer barrel. I have not found them any less viable than the two with shorter barrels. I would shoot it and not worry about cutting it. Try it -- you might like it. In fact, sometimes the long barrel guns are an advantage -- say with a flying claybird f'rinstance YMMV
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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2017, 12:47:12 PM »
I have two. One cut to 19.75" and one to 20.25". Both shoot equally well. I prefer the 20.25" because when you take it apart the keepers on the end of the mag tube don't slide off the end of the barrel.
We do a lot of shoot and move sequences, those with long barrels tend to hang the muzzle on window and door frames. I've seen them break the 170 that way. So I wouldn't compete without a cut shotgun. (Sorry Lone Dog)
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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2017, 02:11:46 PM »
Lone dog! What are you saying? Do you think there could be a chance of a flying bird at the state match?  ;D Dusty B

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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #5 on: June 22, 2017, 11:59:59 AM »
J Frank, that is why i will have both options of long and short barreled M12s in the cart. Options is good.

Dusty, yathink?
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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #6 on: June 22, 2017, 12:45:15 PM »
Lone dog! What are you saying? Do you think there could be a chance of a flying bird at the state match?  ;D Dusty B

I'd say BIG CHANCE of a flying bird from a trap machine, and Goatneck like to launch'em at Mach2.

After shooting SGs with 18 1/2, 20, and 23" barrels, the 23" is my preference.  Except at Goatnecks birds, then it's 30".
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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2017, 02:36:48 PM »
GS

We only launch the birds at Mach 1.....Actually that is standard speed for a Sporting Clay Target.  Capt Sam & I use the 26" barrel length on our Mod 12's.  they swing and handle really good.  They also work on Wild Bunch Clays real nice also.

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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #8 on: June 28, 2017, 05:41:13 PM »
What J. Frank said...............................

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Re: Shotgun barrel length?
« Reply #9 on: June 28, 2017, 07:59:44 PM »
"Standard" 20" barrels on my three IAC 97's.   Love 'em.

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