What would be a good barrel length and 12g load for quail/dove/duck?


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Old 07-28-2013, 11:05 PM   #1
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Default What would be a good barrel length and 12g load for quail/dove/duck?

First time hunter here and want to get some opinions. I live in south texas if that makes a difference



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First time hunter here and want to get some opinions. I live in south texas if that makes a difference
28 inch is the norm I believe

You can shoot them with a HD shotgun barrel, but the longer tubes tend to keep the patter tighter for the farther shots.


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There ARE some longer barreled duck and goose guns, but I like the 28 inch for upland birds and dove. Quail, dove and duck will require different loads. Quail and dove may both use 7 1/2s, but I like #6 for quail. Ducks will require the use of NON-LEAD shot- as do any waterfowl.

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With the advent of screw in chokes, I prefer 26 inch barrels, either improved cylinder or modified choke for dove, quail and pheasant. Early season, I.C., late season modified.

For dove & quail, I grew up shooting #9 shot, but it is hard to find these days, so I would go with #8.

However, finding a truly wild covey of quail is as elusive as the end of a rainbow these days.

If I was a serious duck hunter, I would get a dedicated steel shot choke, along the same lines of dedicated turkey shot chokes. Otherwise, likely would use a modified for duck.

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18.5" loaded with 00 Buckshot. Should stop any invading avians. Wait, you talking about hunting? Pretty much anything you have, but I agree with the above, 26" or 28" should do you right.

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The bbl length of a shotgun past the legal limit (18 inch) makes no ballistic difference, unless you go past 36 inches, then it begins to loss velocity. The bbl length is a primary consideration when it comes to how it 'handles' or 'swings'. So it is what works best for you.
26 and 28 are the most common.

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JimRau is right. A 28 in. barrel will shoot 2 inches more than a 26 in. barrel, using the same load.

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The Browning BPS youth model 20ga comes with a 22 inch barrel. Handles like a dream.

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28 inch is the norm I believe

You can shoot them with a HD shotgun barrel, but the longer tubes tend to keep the patter tighter for the farther shots.

Barrel length has nothing to do with the tightness of a pattern. Pattern is determined by choke.
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An O/U or SxS with 28" tubes is going to be about the same overall length as a pump or semi with 26" brrl.

Shotgun "fit" ranks up there in importance as anything in firearms world.See if there's a sporting clays/trap/skeet range in your area.Look for one with a "pro-shop".....see if they'll help you.But do a bit of reading on fit first(google)so you'll have an idea of what terms will be discussed.

Go to a gunstore with a good used rack of shotguns.Take a tape measure if you have to.Try different models to see what you like.Then look at their new guns to possibly fill in some blanks,and add to the general "overview".But this is really only going to go so far.......shotguns need to be swung and shot.



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