Posted 11 November 2009 - 02:43 PM
A shotgun isn't like a rifle and the two can't be compared apples to apples. Modern smokeless shotgun powders are burned up in the first 16 inches of the barrel so the velocity you get from a 20 inch barrel isn't much different than from a 34 inch barrel. In fact, if anything, the extra length is slowing the shot down. Originally shotguns burned black powder which required more barrel length to reach their full burn. It isn't that way anymore.Extra barrel length is desirable for the longer sighting plane for rising targets that are going away. Like trap targets. A shorter barrel is for fast moving targets moving from left to right, or vice versa, or incoming and overhead targets. For the great majority of field work where the opportunity of any type of shot is possible a shorter barrel is the best bet. I have 26" barrels on my upland gun and a 28" barrel on my waterfowl gun. Slugs or 00 buck give you a disadvantage when hunting coyotes. #4 buckshot in any length gives you more pellets and the name of the game is getting as many pellet strikes in the vitals as possible. For the no lead zones Dead Coyote or size B Hevi Shot gives you the best advantage. I know there are others making similar shot but I'm not familiar with them. I see a lot of people getting short barrels and frankly I don't understand it. I use the same shotgun to shoot waterfowl and some upland game as I do on coyotes. Making a shotgun into a specialized weapon only limits it's use for a single purpose.
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