Anyone hunting with 24" barrels?

Discussion in 'Shotguns, Shotgunning, Ballistics & "Shooter's Tal' started by epe, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. epe

    epe New Member

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    <P>&nbsp; I was wondering if anyone has had any luck duck or goose hunting with 24 inch barrels?&nbsp;&nbsp; Thanks..</P>
     
  2. pintaildreamer

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    the only luck I have had is BAD luck for my ears. It may just be me, but the shorter the barrel the more chance that you will get muzzle blast if you are in a blind with someone who is shooting a short barrel.
     

  3. ignantmike

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    <P>i have heard that all the powder is burned up in the first 20" of barrel anyway....so, it would be o.k to use......some guy's like a longer barrel because it is smoother swinging....i have a 28" on mine...but my son uses a 24".....</P>
     
  4. tripleb

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Although it's often repeated, the claim that all the powder is burned in the first 18-20 inches of the shotgun barrel is usually not correct. With the fast burn rate powders generally used with lead target loads, that statement is probably not too terribly far&nbsp;off the mark.&nbsp; However, with the slow burn rate powders used with steel shot loads, Hevishot loads, lead turkey loads and heavy lead hunting loads each inch a barrel is shorter than 30" usually results in a velocity loss averaging 7 1/2 fps. to 10 fps. per inch of barrel shorter than 30".</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I don't normally find a velocity loss of 40 or 50 fps. due to barrel length&nbsp;terribly important.&nbsp; However, shorter barrel guns are more difficult for most people to swing smoothly without stopping their swings.&nbsp; They are louder, which may annoy your hunting companions. And, I have usually gotten better patterns from guns with the standard 28"-30" barrels with the fast steel loads I use.</P>
     
  5. dukman63

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    <P><FONT face="Georgia, Times New Roman, Times, Serif" color=#006600><STRONG>watch the neighbor kid kill a goose last weekend with his&nbsp; 24" franchi 720 20 ga.&nbsp;at about 30yds with hevi-shot #4's ! dead before it hit the ground <IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>&nbsp;will be buying some of those loads for mine! cya..phil</STRONG></FONT></P>
     
  6. MR2DUX

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I have an 835 and have used the 24" bbl for many years. Never had much thought of going longer. A lot of places I hunt are smaller ponds and brushy areas, flooded timber so the shorter barrell worked really well. Even in open field conditions I do well. If I switch to a longer barrell gun and start having trouble or get in a bad slump I switch up to the 24" gun and it&nbsp; brings me back on target. So, to answer your question, 24" will work and work well, lead, steel, hevi-shot, bismuth, whatever, but you gotta learn to shoot it becuase it is different than 28" or more. I have even used the 18 1/2 cylinder barrell (riot barrell) in some of those tight quarter places and small loads of 6 or 7 1/2 steel. The short cyl barrell coupled with the tight pattern of steel give about perfect patterns in heavy trees and buzzing woodies. </P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P>
     
  7. Bowhunter57

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">epe,</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I have a Russian Baikal MP-153 with a 24" barrel that I'm very happy with. It patterns a little higher than I'd like, but not rediculously so. I installed a magnetic fiber optic sight on the rib (Tru Glo) and it has helped me to place my shot patterns on the birds/targets that I shoot at with ease.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">If I had it to do over again, I think that I'd purchase the 26" barrel, but I'm happy with the quicker swing of my shorter 24" barrel and it's not causing me any problems.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I mostly do pass shooting for geese. I'm using a Terror choke in .675" restriction and getting a 91% pattern at 40 yards inside a 30" circle with 3 1/2" Kent Fast Steel 1 3/8 oz. BBB @ 1550 f.p.s. <IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/thumb.gif" align=absMiddle border=0>&nbsp;I've shot geese at 50+ yards and found holes in their backs from complete penetration.</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Good luck with your choices!</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">Good hunting, Bowhunter57</P>
     
  8. tripleb

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    <P style="MARGIN: 0px">You ought to mention what kind of patterns you were getting from that&nbsp;24" barrel before you put in the .675" Terror.<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/wink.gif" align=absMiddle border=0></P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">&nbsp;</P> <P style="MARGIN: 0px">I had the same problem in my 24" barreled BPS12 before I got a Terror for it.</P>
     
  9. adm

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    I shot a BPS 10 with a 24" barrel for 2 seasons. I never noticed the noise or the flame coming out of the end of it but the guys I hunted with did. They were quite happy when I got rid of it. I didn't shoot it very well either.<br>
     
  10. epe

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    <P>The xtrema that I am talking about, is only&nbsp; 1 inch shorter in total length than the nova that I am shooting now...&nbsp; </P>
     
  11. RegisteredNurse

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    <P>NO, I USE A BENELLI SBE W/&nbsp;26 INCH FOR EVERYTHING. NORMALLY PEOPLE USE THE 24 INCH FOR TURKEY HUNTING. ANYTHING LONGER THAN A 24 INCH JUST GIVES A SHOOTER A BETTER SIGHT PICTURE. GOOD LUCK IN THE UPCOMING SEASON, AND GOD BLESS!!&nbsp;&nbsp; ERIK</P>