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 Post subject: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 6:22 pm 
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Found an O/U that fits me very well and is well priced. But...it has 30" barrels. Would prefer 32." Anyone use 30" on their O/U?




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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:03 pm 
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I tried everything from 28" to 34" O/Us, found 29.5" (30") worked best for me.

Barrel weight and gun balance is a lot more important than length.

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:07 pm 
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I shoot 30" barrels for trap.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 8:16 pm 
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I have shot 30" ,32" and 34". It's all about balance. My 30" Citori Trap was muzzle heavy.
While my 32" Beretta OP Trap feels too light at the muzzle.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:09 pm 
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I run a Beretta 686 White Onyx sporting w/30" barrels for trap. Works great for me.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 9:27 am 
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I shoot 30 inch barrels at trap. I can not hit squat. I suspect the same thing would be true if I had 32 inch barrels. I know it was for 28 inch barrels.

But if you really want 32 you are probably not going to be satisfied with 30.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:01 am 
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Yup...in both a Winchester pump and a Miroku O/U....seems just about right. And works good for other Clay games.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:12 pm 
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I shoot a Winchester 101 Pigeon Grade 30" that's 42 years old, shot thousand of targets and missed just as many, I will not give up shooting why health holds out. I shoot everything Skeet / DTL / Trench / Sporting/ UT/ Ball trap/ Five stand. I am close to 75. And thanks for this great site.
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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:52 am 
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Have both. A K-80 with 30" barrels I use for sporting and skeet. Even use it to shoot Doves in the field. Also have another K-80 with 32" barrel I use for trap doubles. Both guns are combo with 34" single barrels included. Used for trap singles and handicap.

I find if I want to move to a target faster, the 30" barrels are advantage. If I want to move with more control or slower, the 32" barrels work well. It easy to feel and see the difference using the 2 guns back and forth.

The stocks and fit are also set up for the intended targets. Flatter shooting for clays and Doves. A 1/4" shorter LOP for faster lateral movement. Higher POI and longer LOP for trap targets. Trap POI varies between doubles and single target presentation based on personal needs.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 2:25 pm 
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Like most of the others who chimed in thus far, I shoot a 30" O/U for trap. No issues with shooting singles, caps from the 20yd line or with doubles.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 10:30 pm 
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Harlan Campbell and Ricky Marshall use 30” O/U for doubles. I do too but I shouldn’t be in the same sentence.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2019 10:50 pm 
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That's the standard length here in Australia.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2019 9:11 pm 
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My current 30" barreled Superposed Broadway is the only gun I have ever been able to hit anything with consistently.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:28 am 
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Like 26" for Skeet, 30" was the "standard" for trap in the old days. I have shot 27" through 34" for Trap and can miss just as many with any of them. Barrel weights can make up a lot for weight and balance. Personally I think there is too much credit given to barrel length (within reason). Of course the current trends create resale issues for the older inventory.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:50 am 
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Trapshooting is a one target game. Win or lose by one target. In gun fit and equipment preferences we are always looking for that one target.

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 9:36 pm 
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I shoot 30” tubes. Have tried 32’’ barrels, but found them to be a little too much iron to sling in the models of gun that I like. I am slow to that 2nd target in doubles, and that makes scoring well, spotty at best. Having said that, I find if I spend a little time shooting in the Oregon Doubles Classic events, My scores definitely improve. Lets face it doubles targets come out of the trap in pretty much the same place most of the time. Practice will help a lot. Having said that, out here in the West, I would venture to say that 32” OU barells out number anything else here. “Try both and find what You like”. I got that advice from Joel Etchen, and I am glad that I took it. You may want to try before You buy.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Thu Feb 28, 2019 11:42 am 
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I shot ATA for years with 30" barrels and was very successful. I dont shoot much trap anymore, but I tried 32" for sporting , and after a year went back to 30"

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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Mar 02, 2019 10:58 am 
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I do ... a beautiful hand engraved 1983 Browning Citori Grade V 30" over/under ... it does a great job!! Shoot FULL choke for singles, IM and FULL for doubles.


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:12 pm 
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Yes ... I use a "30 Browning Citori trap gun


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 Post subject: Re: Anyone use 30" barrels on their O/U for trap?
PostPosted: Sat Dec 28, 2019 2:08 pm 
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Jess wrote:
Found an O/U that fits me very well and is well priced. But...it has 30" barrels. Would prefer 32." Anyone use 30" on their O/U?


I always did: a Citori 425 and a Winchester 101 Trap model, both for trap and race games.



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