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Posted: 11/4/2002 2:52:10 PM EDT
I'm considering buying a Benelli shotgun for (at this time), hunting ducks. Why a Benelli you say...because my hunting buddies have them is the answer. I understand that when using steel shot a 3" shell is pretty much standard to overcome the limitations of the less dense shot and my 1100 is not up to the task.

According to the store where I inquired there is no advantage to using a 28" barrel over a 24" barrel. Does anyone have any knowledge on this subject? I wouldn't mind going to a 26" barrel on my next shotgun if this is remotely true.
Link Posted: 11/5/2002 5:29:43 AM EDT
For every 1 inch decrease in barrel length from 28 inches, you lose approximately 200 fps in velocity. Not a big deal,but something to keep in mind.

The longer barrel adds weight to the front of the shotgun, and helps smooth out your swing a bit. It also allows for a bit more precise shot placement, if that is what you are looking for.

A shorter barrel is a bit easier to maneuver through brush, and *may* swing a bit faster.

That being said, I use a 30" barreled Beretta 390 for waterfowling. Benellis are nice guns, but have a bit more recoil than a gas operated gun.

Bud
Link Posted: 11/5/2002 2:48:19 PM EDT
Get, Why not "get" a Remington. The 11-87 comes in 3" and Super Mag 3 1/2" chamber. Several special purpose waterfowl models are offered. You own a Remington 1100 so you are familiar with the line. Remington is made in the USA, 800 number to get info and parts, good web site, very good customer service in my experience and cheaper than a Benelli.

As to the barrel, a shorter barrel give you a shorter sighting plane and does not swing as well as the longer barrel in my opinion. I would not go any shorter than a 26". MIKE.
Link Posted: 11/12/2002 3:06:52 PM EDT
IMHO "Bud" is 100% right. Look at a Remington and Benelli side by side and decide. I have, Benelli, Benelli, Benelli.
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