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Old 01-13-2020, 2:41 PM
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Default O/U - 26" or 28" barrel - is there alot of difference?

Looking at the Beretta 686 and Browning Citori in 12 gauge.

Does the barrel length make that much difference? 26" or 28"?
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Old 01-13-2020, 3:25 PM
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From a performance standpoint, barrel lengths beyond 21" do not make a huge difference. It is a matter of personal preference on barrel length.

I have a 682 Trap model with 32" double barrles, and 34" single barrel I use for ATA shoots. I also have a Remington 870 20ga with a 26" barrel I use for Skeet, upland game, and trap shooting. All of them break clays just as well.

Try both and buy the one you like.

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I say go for the 28 inch, Don't know what your using it for, But for most clay's games a 28 inch is better.
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Old 01-13-2020, 3:35 PM
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I can't talk to an over/under, but my Rem1100 swings much nicer on trap, 5-stand, since I switched from the original 26" barrel to a 30". The 26" is a fixed skeet(it's a 110 Skeet model); did not try it on Sporting Clays.
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Longer barrel (30"+) means smoother swing and is great for clay games.
Pretty much everyone wants a 32" O/U for sporting clays nowadays.

For hunting, 26" barrel is good, because you are mainly carrying it around all day, and barrels are heavy.

If you ever want to resell, stick with 30" plus for a clays gun and 26" for a hunting gun.
Just my opinion.

**Also, a Beretta 686 or a Browning Citori are excellent O/U's. Try both for fit and buy the one you shoot better and that fits you better.
For me personally, the Beretta 686 SP just fits me better.
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I have a 26” OU...love it...clays, trap...
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I own both 26” and 28” o/u and semi autos. I like both although I’ve convinced myself (with no hard evidence) that I’m a bit quicker with the 26”. Hell, get one of each!
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I love my 26" barrel on my Browning cynergy.

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Are you guy's that are loving your 26 inch barrels shooting any sporting clays or trap? and if so how are those scores? Don't see any need for a 26 inch unless only shooting skeet or hunting.
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Why take a knife to a gunfight? Use all you have to your advantage 28 inch's
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Are you guy's that are loving your 26 inch barrels shooting any sporting clays or trap? and if so how are those scores? Don't see any need for a 26 inch unless only shooting skeet or hunting.
Hunting only; however, the OP didn’t mention sporting clays or trap.
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Old 01-13-2020, 9:57 PM
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For O/U barrel length effects center of gravity so a shorter barrel moves the center of gravity towards the trigger so feels lighter so is maneuverable so you can swing it around faster to engage targets. This is what they call lively. A longer barrel moves the center of gravity towards the left hand/foregrip. This makes the gun feel heavier so it is slower to accelerate into the swing and slower to stop. Makes movement feel smoother.

Basically if you need to more the shotgun quickly like in skeet you need a shorter barrel or if you need a more slow deliberate tracking of target like trap you need a longer barrel.

Also depends on brand. Berettas are lighter so a 28 may swing like a 26 Browning cynergy
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26" used to be the standard for skeet. Today a 28" or 30" is more popular.
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I really like my 12ga 686 SP Sporting with 32's for clays. If when I buy another O/U, it will be 20ga 686 SP with 28's. I really like this gun. Dove will hate it!
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26" break action is just too short for me. I was advised to purchase 28" or longer and am glad I did. All of my guns are in the range of 28 to 32" relatively. I have shoot friends 26" break action firearms and really did not like them.
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Both of my old skeet guns bought back in 1969 are 26 inch fixed chokes skeet 1 and 2. They served me well over the years but if I were buying today I'd go with 28 and choke tubes.
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Had this discussion with some old timers when I did a couple of "rec" shotgun leagues. This was in part because my used Rem1100 originally came with a 26" barrel.

26" used to be the standard for Skeet because it swings up from a low mount position very quickly. Apparently Skeet used to start from low mount or low ready position. The 26" barreled guns came up on shoulder and on target faster. That's also why a 26" barrel is handy in the field for wing shooting; it comes up and swings faster from a carry position.

Since the US moved away from that for Skeet and allows for pre-mounted position, the longer barrels work well.

Apparently International Skeet still starts from low-mount.

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Had this discussion with some old timers when I did a couple of "rec" shotgun leagues. This was in part because my used Rem1100 originally came with a 26" barrel.

26" used to be the standard for Skeet because it swings up from a low mount position very quickly. Apparently Skeet used to start from low mount or low ready position. The 26" barreled guns came up on shoulder and on target faster. That's also why a 26" barrel is handy in the field for wing shooting; it comes up and swings faster from a carry position.

Since the US moved away from that for Skeet and allows for pre-mounted position, the longer barrels work well.

Apparently International Skeet still starts from low-mount.
You also have to take into account that a semi-auto reciever adds a few inches to the length of the gun, so my Rem1100 with 26" barrel mounts and points like my 30" break action SxS.
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I was planning on using this O/U for trap and dove hunting. I found some gun sales on line, that show there is a $200 difference, between a 26" barrel, and purchasing a 28" barrel, for the same model. This will be my first O/U. That's why I'm asking all these questions, to you all. I appreciate all your imput. You guys are awesome !!!
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If it's your first o/u go with a 28 and you will be happy, You don't want to spend that kind of money and say wish I would have got a 28 inch.
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I was planning on using this O/U for trap and dove hunting. I found some gun sales on line, that show there is a $200 difference, between a 26" barrel, and purchasing a 28" barrel, for the same model. This will be my first O/U. That's why I'm asking all these questions, to you all. I appreciate all your imput. You guys are awesome !!!

I suggest you try both and decide which YOU prefer. Because there is no such thing as "ONE SIZE FITS ALL". When it comes to personal preference. Or utility.

TRAP is a "game" where all birds are moving away. Fast tracking swings and shots, not needed.

DOVE can come from any/all directions, and elevations, from ground zero, to way up there. Whole different type shooting.

I've been shooting/hunting for 60 yrs. The bestest handiest upland field gun I ever had, [dove-quail-cottontails]...........was a 20" barreled 12 ga coach gun, choked IC/M.
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He wants it for trap and dove!! A 28 inch is better for trap and good for dove, A 26 inch is good for dove but not as good for trap, I have shot birds for years with a 28 inch pump and later in life a o/u and they work fine.
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He wants it for trap and dove!! A 28 inch is better for trap and good for dove, A 26 inch is good for dove but not as good for trap, I have shot birds for years with a 28 inch pump and later in life a o/u and they work fine.
You are claiming to know what is best for OP.

I'm claiming only he can decide what is best for him.

The problem with any "Rule of Thumb" solution. Is that it ignores the fact that "thumbs" are not created equal.
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I was planning on using this O/U for trap and dove hunting. I found some gun sales on line, that show there is a $200 difference, between a 26" barrel, and purchasing a 28" barrel, for the same model. This will be my first O/U. That's why I'm asking all these questions, to you all. I appreciate all your imput. You guys are awesome !!!
2 completely different applications IMO.
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I shot "at" dove with a 28" pump for years and then won a 26" O/U in a raffle. I have found that I can can miss equally as easy with either one! The 26" O/U does seem to point faster. I'm gonna keep it.
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So which one is easier to sell later? I would think the 28".
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I was planning on using this O/U for trap and dove hunting. I found some gun sales on line, that show there is a $200 difference, between a 26" barrel, and purchasing a 28" barrel, for the same model. This will be my first O/U. That's why I'm asking all these questions, to you all. I appreciate all your imput. You guys are awesome !!!
So where do you shoot trap close to Ventura? Wanna meet at Moore n Moore for some Argentina?
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OP has to pick what's best for him, Just throwing in my opinion, They will all hit something if you do your part and shoot where your supposed to.
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OP has to pick what's best for him, Just throwing in my opinion, They will all hit something if you do your part and shoot where your supposed to.
True. No 2 guns shoot the same. Proper fitting, disciplined mount, and practice go a long way. Even then it takes a good amount of shooting to "settle" into a gun before the mental part kicks in. Trap is a mental game.
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I bought my first O/U a couple of years ago and went with the 28" Browning Citori with extended chokes. I could not be happier with my choice. I use it mostly for skeet but it works well on the trap fields as well as SC's.

More importantly though, is the fit. I was amazed at the difference in fit and mounting comfort between the Browning and the Beretta. You definitely want to try both as unless your somewhere in the middle, one will fit you much better than the other, and it will be pretty obvious very quickly.
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