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 Post subject: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 10:26 am 
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I am looking into getting a 391 here very soon. I was wondering if the 26 or 28 inch barrel would be better than the other for any particular reason. I would be using it mostly for hunting pheasants. I don't shoot much trap or clay. Any opinions would help out.




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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 11:56 am 
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Try swinging guns with both length barrels. Get the one that gives you the smoothest swing.

Some guys LOVE long barrels, and some love shorter barrels.

Try to find one you are comfortable with - the pheasants won't know the difference!

And an extra 2 inches of barrel length doesn't really make that much difference on a long receiver gun like an auto. Besides, you can always add extended choke tubes!

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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 1:15 pm 
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I think in a semi-auto particularly the 391, the 28in is the do-it-all barrel. Not too long for the hunting fields and not too short for the target fields.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:47 pm 
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For me the 26 is the way to go for a hunting gun. And yes, I can tell the difference in the feel and handling.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 4:59 pm 
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Another vote for the 26" in semi-auto's


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 6:33 pm 
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Ditto on the short barrel at least for my preference. the balance and swing is much better in my mind. It is a personal prefernce. I would suggest going to some skeet, five or clays shoots and most buys will be glad to let you try out various guns. Berretta's are very common at clays shoots for sure.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:06 pm 
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If there was only one barrel on one shotgun that I could own, that one shotgun would be a field model Beretta 391 with a 28" barrel. Why? Because it really will do it all. It's short enough to hunt with, even in the brush or a turkey blind, and it's long enough to do serious target work with on sporting clays, trap, and skeet.

If a 28" barrel was not available, then I'd pick a 26". It's probably the best choice for hunting, but not for targets, although they work just fine on targets.

If I couldn't have a 26", then I'd want a 30" barrel. You can honestly hunt with them, although they are a little long. They seem to be the "it" length today for sporting clays, trap, even skeet.

If you believe you may even possibly sell or trade the gun later on, then right this minute the longer barrels are in fashion. The 30" barrels for the 391 are the highest resale, followed closely by the 28", and way down below are the 26". Why? Target shooters today seem to think that 26" barrels are too short for sporting clays, especially. They are wrong, but they didn't ask me or you about it.

I own shotguns with 22, 24, 26, 28, 30, 32, and 34 inch barrels. What do I hunt with? My old Ithaca 16 gauge with 27 inch barrels and a Polychoke, or maybe my 12 gauge Ithaca with 28" barrel and fixed Modified choke. What do I shoot clays with? Well, either my 391 with 30" barrel, my Super X Model One with 28" barrel, my 30" Superposed, but here lately I've been learning how to shoot my 34" Caesar Guerini for skeet, trap, and sporting clays and I just love it. For the sheer fun of it I shoot a 1955 AyA J.C. Higgins 12 gauge side by side with fixed, tight chokes and 28" barrels. Today I shot a 23 in skeet with my Guerini and a 24 with the AyA. But, in spite of all those guns, if somebody made me pick just one to do it all, it would be my 28" Beretta 391 "Ringneck" field gun. It's light enough to carry all day, heavy enough and swings smooth enough to shoot targets, and I'd probably be a better shot a year from now if I'd just shoot that one gun.

But, I'm like a herd bull in a pasture full of heifers when it comes to shotguns. I just can't stay faithful to one. :lol:


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 7:15 pm 
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Thanks for all of the input. It sounds like the 28 might be the best all around length.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:41 pm 
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A 26" or 28" barrel for most auto loaders is a good all around choice. Since you will be using it for pheasants mostly, I would take a 26". The 26" will be a little quicker handling but, still provide a smooth swing. Plus it's a little lighter in weight.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:48 pm 
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In general, longer barrels (30" and 32") work great at the range where things fly in straight lines. Conversely, shorter barrels (26" and under) are easier to repoint, e.g., a pheasant leveling off after the initial rise.

The 26" and 24" barrels on the 391 makes for a much livelier gun, excellent for field work. Decide whether you'd rather shoot well in the field or at the range and let that drive your decision. You'll have to learn to use your body to maintain swing with a ligher, short barrel gun - but that will improve your hunting.

My primary upland gun is a 6 lb 28 gauge Ruger Red Label with 26" barrels; the bad weather and backup gun is a 20 gauge 391 youth with 24" barrel - same weight and overall length, and the stock's been modified slight to match the Ruger dimensions.for upland hunting.

Range time - a 20 ga Ruger with 30" barrels, and a FABARM H368 left handed auto with 28" barrel (replaced a 12 ga 391 with 28" barrel).


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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 9:54 pm 
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hunter01 wrote:
Thanks for all of the input. It sounds like the 28 might be the best all around length.


You are correct. Ignore all further advice.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2007 11:11 pm 
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I have owned several of both sizes (26",28"). I do not know witch one is the best, but I can tell you that I have shot more geese with the 26" model. When I buy a new gun I will take the 28" if they don't have a 26", but if I have my choice. Its 26" all the way.


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 10:12 am 
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The 26 inch would be my pick.


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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:28 pm 
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28 gauge wrote:
The 26 inch would be my pick.


Are you going to believe these guys or are you going to believe your friends?


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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 2:41 pm 
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claydoctor wrote:
28 gauge wrote:
The 26 inch would be my pick.


Are you going to believe these guys or are you going to believe your friends?


From my own use I have found that for myself the 26 inch barrel is the best.I was asked my opinion and I gave it.As in all things there are those who agree with me and those who do not.Thats the way it should be.If everyone thought alike we become too much like sheep. :)


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 Post subject: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2007 5:48 pm 
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26 for upland hunting, 28 for waterfowl.

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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2007 9:46 am 
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28 gauge wrote:
claydoctor wrote:
28 gauge wrote:
The 26 inch would be my pick.


Are you going to believe these guys or are you going to believe your friends?


From my own use I have found that for myself the 26 inch barrel is the best.I was asked my opinion and I gave it.As in all things there are those who agree with me and those who do not.Thats the way it should be.If everyone thought alike we become too much like sheep. :)


Quote: Foghorn J. Leghorn "It was a joke, son. You're built too short the fast ones go over your head."


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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sat May 26, 2007 8:55 am 
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Quote: Foghorn J. Leghorn "It was a joke, son. You're built too short the fast ones go over your head."[/quote]

Well Claydoctor, must admit you got me good on that one.Guess old Foghorn was right.Thanks for a good chuckle with your reply. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Mon May 28, 2007 2:23 pm 
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28 gauge wrote:
Quote: Foghorn J. Leghorn "It was a joke, son. You're built too short the fast ones go over your head."


Well Claydoctor, must admit you got me good on that one.Guess old Foghorn was right.Thanks for a good chuckle with your reply. :lol:[/quote]

Thank you for taking it in the good-natured way it was intended.

Clay


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 Post subject: Re: 26 vs 28 inch barrel opinions
PostPosted: Sun Aug 15, 2010 9:24 am 
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Semi - 26 or 28

O/U - 26 or 28

Pump - 26 or 28

Wonder what folks think 3 years later?

Field work, several ole' timers I know have switched to 24s for Upland Hunting.




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