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24 inch barrel

Postby Batsto » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:00 pm

Just ordered a 24 inch barrel for a mossberg 930 auto and wondering how many folks use a 24 inch for small game. My main intention is to use the shorter barrel for Turkey next Spring, but also hoping for some versatility with the 24 inch barrel.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Leaky-NY » Tue Jul 09, 2013 6:04 pm

If its a ported barrel and that length it will might be loud in my opinion. But a short barrel can have advantages.

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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby BurninPowder » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:01 pm

I know an "old timer" that uses a short 22,23,24" (no sure exact length) barrel in his 1100 for everything. He prefers the short length and it shows in his shooting.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Spunky » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:39 am

I use one for my 870 and love it. Since I hunt alone who cares about the noise. Can't hear any way after working in a foundry for 30 years.
I use it in my canoe because I don't have to swing a heavier and longer barrel, which keeps movement down, less risk of tipping the canoe. In another situation I use it when I hunt a swamp where the woodies come barreling out over the trees and all you get is a quick snap shot at them. Very little time to mount and swing more poke and shoot than anything. A longer barrel is to slow for me. Now when I hunt the fields and can mount the gun the way it should be mounted I switch over to the 28" barrel.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Jon Bergren » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:55 am

I shoot 24, 26, and 28" barrels. I like the shorter barrels in a layout blind. Ned S
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby z51 » Fri Jul 12, 2013 12:40 pm

I hear they may cause cancer and deafness in one's companions.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby clampdaddy » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:23 pm

One time I hunted alongside a guy who shot a 24" Winchester SX2. He swore by it for how handy it was in a laydown blind when goose hunting. My turkey/coyote shotgun wears a 21" barrel (22" if you count the extended choke).
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Frank Lopez » Fri Jul 12, 2013 1:40 pm

The length of the barrel has little to do with the ballistics of the shot and a lot to do with the handling of the gun. Under certain conditions, I can live with a 24 inch barrel on a break open gun. On a repeater, a 24 inch barrel is more like a 27 or 28 inch tube. In the end, it all has to do with the handling characteristics. If YOU can handle 24 inches in that gun, then it works. Take it out for a few rounds of skeet and compare it to longer barrels.

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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Jon Bergren » Fri Jul 12, 2013 7:48 pm

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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby O.D.Lid » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:12 pm

have a 26" on my 11-87 for turkeys hate it for anything else. nno!: Swings too fast, it seems too herkey-jerky! Bought a 30" for ducks and geese,even in a layout blind love the length nice and smoothe :lol:
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby mudpack » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:07 am

Jon Bergren wrote:I ran some tests on barrels a long time ago and I lost 2% pattern density for every inch of barrel I lost and 2 fps velocity. Ned S

How did you conduct your experiments? Using one gun with a 24" barrel, another with a 26" barrel, another with a 28" barrel, etc. will not give you reliable results....too many variables.
If you started with a 30" barrel in Cylinder choke, then cut off an inch at a time, and shot at least 10 test patterns/chronys with each length, you might have reliable results, but not many guys are willing to sacrifice a barrel just to experiment like that.

Your post would indicate that going from a 30" barrel to a 24" barrel would cost you almost 12% in pattern density. I find that hard to believe.
No turkey hunter would give up that much pattern density in their short-barreled shotguns.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby clampdaddy » Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:57 am

mudpack wrote:
Jon Bergren wrote:I ran some tests on barrels a long time ago and I lost 2% pattern density for every inch of barrel I lost and 2 fps velocity. Ned S

How did you conduct your experiments? Using one gun with a 24" barrel, another with a 26" barrel, another with a 28" barrel, etc. will not give you reliable results....too many variables.
If you started with a 30" barrel in Cylinder choke, then cut off an inch at a time, and shot at least 10 test patterns/chronys with each length, you might have reliable results, but not many guys are willing to sacrifice a barrel just to experiment like that.

Your post would indicate that going from a 30" barrel to a 24" barrel would cost you almost 12% in pattern density. I find that hard to believe.
No turkey hunter would give up that much pattern density in their short-barreled shotguns.


I wonder how the results of the testing would be affected by moving the gun one inch closer to the chronograph and pattern board each time an inch was taken off the barrel. Seems that to get an accurate test the location of the muzzle would have to be a constant variable.
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Re: 24 inch barrel

Postby Edge » Thu Aug 15, 2013 8:58 am

I have a 24 on the 390 that my daughter shoots and I'm looking for a 24 for the SuperSport I just bought, I just don't like to see new shooters hunt with them because the are not as easy to learn with, I think the longer barrel makes it easier to swing threw the shot. After that, it all comes down to the choke.
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