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 Post subject: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:20 pm 
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I'm considering a BT99 trap gun yet am unsure of which barrel length to choose. I'm a 5 ft 6 inch middle age man who feels most comfortable with 20 gauge guns (use a 20 gauge 28 inch barrel browning xs skeet for skeet as well as a 20 gauge 26 inch barrel citori superlite for most birds). I list the 20 gauge guns to suggest I'm leaning toward smaller, i.e., 32 inch barrel.
Thus far, I've used my 12 gauge 28 inch barrel citori for trap and am thinking of a dedicated trap gun, i.e., BT99. Is the 32 inch barrel somewhat easier to handle ? Is the 34 inch barrel somewhat better at delivering the shot to target ?
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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 5:24 pm 
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I'm 5'8" and use a 34" barreled BT99. I'm almost too short, I think, for this gun. Thus, I'd suggest you get nothing longer than a 32 inch barrel.


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 6:07 pm 
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Lodi, I've owned both the 34 and 32, and shoot a 32 presently. I'm six foot. Will the 34 deliver the shot to the target better...no. Is the 32 easier to handle....no, it is only 2 ounces lighter than the 34. The length of pull, and stock dimensions are the same. It all comes down to how the gun fits you, and if you like looking down the rib of a 32 or 34. Other than gun fit, the only difference is a 34 will resale faster than a 32. You might even consider a BT-99 Micro. Try to shoot a few of them. Good luck with your decision.


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:04 pm 
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I'm still a rookie, but...

These aren't skis. I don't think your height really plays a huge role in the length of the barrel you want to use. Guys who are 6'8" aren't shooting 39" barrels...

See what fits you. Keep in mind it's a single barrel vs. an O/U that you're using currently, so the weight out front may still feel like less in your hands despite the longer barrel.

I agree with md66sw - see if you can try them or least shoulder a couple. The micro might be a better choice if that LOP fits you better.

I think the bottom line is that either choice will break targets. I had a 34" and loved it and I don't know that I would have noticed if it were 2" shorter.

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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:36 pm 
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I don't think your height really plays a huge role in the length of the barrel you want to use

It's only an issue for me in that I just have to be cognizant of how close to the ground the muzzle is if I carry the gun broke open over my forearm.


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 7:42 pm 
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I appreciate the replies and suggestions. The other day I visited an interesting gun store (small facility yet tightly packed with many many interesting guns) and briefly swung around a BT99. It was the regular version yet I forget what its barrel length was. With a 33 inch shirt sleeve, I think the regular version's LOP suits me.
While I can appreciate the idea that these aren't downhill skiis (presently I have three sets) I'm a bit concerned with overall length though this is more of a bias.
With resale of the 34 inch higher (or maybe it's better put, resale demand is higher) a majority of shooters must prefer the longer barrel. Maybe there's safety in numbers and I should get the longer. Regardless, I'll spend some time at the store with both lengths.
LodiWooster


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:14 pm 
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There is virtually no difference, in sight picture, dynamics, or payload performance, between a 32" barrel and a 34" barrel. The longer barrel is more in fashion right now, but that's about it. Get the one with the better wood......


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:00 pm 
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It is all personal choice.I can only tell you that I went from a 26" gun to a 28" and then to a 30" gun.I never did tray a 32", but went to the 34" BT-99.
The 34" does feel best of all of them.As someone said, the resale value would be best if it were a 34" barrel.
Good luck and let us know which one you decide on.
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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 6:45 am 
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i am 46, 5' 9" tall and my old BT-99 is a 32"fixed full with monte carlo stock. i had a 30" Citori and kowing i'll never shoot doubles sold it and found this BT-99 and only after a few rounds my scores have gone up. i have been shooting a few 24's now. i like the swing on this gun alot better!

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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Thu Mar 11, 2010 2:13 pm 
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I have a new BT and went with a 34". The 32" model just seemed too short for me. Even with the 34" bbl, I had to put a bbl weight on it because it was too whippy for me. I went with an 8 oz Graco bbl weight kit. Once I ditch the factory adj comb and let Ken Rucker do his majic on it, I'll be good to go.

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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:25 am 
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I'm 6'2", weigh 195, I wanted a 34" BT99 because i felt it would slow down my swing. I found a 32" BT for a price i couldn't pass up and I have never shot better.
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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 7:10 am 
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Get the gun that feel right for you. My wife 5'4" and shoots a 34" Bt-99 or her Beretta 34" unsingle. She also shoots a 32" O/U for doubles trap.

Now for sporting clays my wife like a 28" over under.

You have to try the gun and get what you think fit's you style of shooting.

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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Sat Mar 13, 2010 9:12 pm 
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Today, I purchased a BT99 with 34 inch barrel. I've cleaned, lubed and assembled the gun and am pleased with the acquisition. Now, if only the weather would break (lots of rain here), I can try it out at my club.
BTW, my decision (32 vs 34) was made mostly by the fact that the store had only a 34 inch barrel in its box vs the 32 inch on display. I'm a sucker for 'NIB'.
Lodi w/new gun


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 8:38 pm 
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lodiwooster wrote:
Today, I purchased a BT99 with 34 inch barrel.


Good luck with it. :D

That was a good choice.........................but then again, I prefer the 34" over the 32".

I am 6' - 3" and have owned 30 trap o/u's in the past but found I like a 32" o/u trap gun better. Similarily, I have found the 34" single "feels" better to me.

I am the first to admit this liking for 2" more barrel may just be psychological on my part but it works for me, so I go with it. But there is a limit, I don't wish they made them in 36" :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Sun Mar 14, 2010 9:21 pm 
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Location: somewhere east of the I-95 corridor, until you get to connecticut. but you can bank on vanzant, mo..
32 is my perfect length for the bt99/100.

but as far as best gun best scores...its the M12 trap in 28" full fixed vr. go figure.


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:42 am 
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Good choice. But then either would have been a good choice. The BT-99 is a good gun and will serve you well.

I wanted a 30" Cynergy, but all they had was a 32" so, I got that. Later I traded for a 30" model. I really don't notice the difference. Now if you were going from a 28" gun to a 34", you might notice the difference. Even so, there is no evidence that a longer barrel helps in any significant way.

I suspect that we won't see guns longer than 34" become popular. Even the 32" O/Us are only just now becoming popular and I don't think we will see too many 34" double guns.

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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 5:14 pm 
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I can remember when I first laid eyes on a BT-99.It was the first I have ever seen and it was a 34" barrel.I knew then that I had to have one.I believe it was the first time I had ever shot trap,back then I was shooting my Beretta 391 field gun.Never knew there was such a thing as a dedicated trap gun and a single barrel to boot?Why would anyone want a gun just for shooting trap, I thought.
Little did I know that I would get hooked on this great shooting game.A few months later I bought a 30" Remington C-T.Still couldn't bring myself to spend the money on that BT-99, but boy, did I want one bad.
Finally I broke down when I found a good deal on a used one.Just what I wanted.34" barrel,adjustable comb and a beautiful laminated stock.....I still got it, don't shoot it much anymore.Sorta put it aside for my SKB 85TTR.
I would think that if they started making 36" barrels, someone out there would buy one eventually and a lot of us would have one and we would try to tell as many people on this forum how much better we like them over our old 34" barrels.I do believe it is just human nature to try something new, no matter how much we like old "stuff".
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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:45 pm 
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Location: somewhere east of the I-95 corridor, until you get to connecticut. but you can bank on vanzant, mo..
anyone remember the 34" trap full vr, remington made for their 870's? i gave away my age. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 10:50 pm 
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You made a good buy. I dont know if it makes any real difference anyway, by the time you get used to that gun you will love it. I shoot a BT 32". And those 2" dont mean that much, I shoot the Games with my 21" 870 turkey gun yesterday and did pretty well.


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 Post subject: Re: BT99 32 inch vs 34 inch
PostPosted: Tue Mar 16, 2010 12:10 pm 
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Ha! I have both, a mid-90's Grade I in 32", and a new Grade III 34" w/ Hissem adjustable comb. While I've broken good scores with both, I feel that I'm better [i]more consistently[i] with the 32" gun than with the 34". Of course this could partially be due to some slight stock differences, and the different forend styles, but for some reason the 32" just generally feels a bit better to me on most outings.

I'm 5'8" and between 160-165 lbs., and I've been shooting since the early 1990's, with a few long breaks.


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