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I know the shorter the barrel, the sooner the shot will spread, but exactly how much sooner?
I have a shotgun with a 18.5" barrel on it. How much difference in spread, and range would there be between it, and a shotgun with a 28" barrel.

Just curious.

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Try about 30-45 yards depending on loads. Spread is about 10' at 10 yrds w my avenger which has a 18" barrel if that tells you anything. That's #4 high brass Winchester heavy field loads.
 

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Try about 30-45 yards depending on loads. Spread is about 10' at 10 yrds w my avenger which has a 18" barrel if that tells you anything. That's #4 high brass Winchester heavy field loads.
Damn, I didn't think there would be THAT much of a difference. How much of a difference would there with slugs?
 

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Damn, I didn't think there would be THAT much of a difference. How much of a difference would there with slugs?
Depending on range of shot ALOT of difference. Iv never shot slugs through mine for accuracy.......always figured if I'm gonna shoot someone w a solid slug I got ALOT better things to do it w than a shotgun;)
 

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Depending on range of shot ALOT of difference. Iv never shot slugs through mine for accuracy.......always figured if I'm gonna shoot someone w a solid slug I got ALOT better things to do it w than a shotgun;)
lol, I was thinking more along the lines of hunting. I was just curious if it was even possible with my current setup. I guess I'll either buy another barrel for it, or just buy another shotty down the road. That will probably be next year though. I have at least 3 guns I want/need to get first. One of them is that special project we were talking about. ;)
 

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lol, I was thinking more along the lines of hunting. I was just curious if it was even possible with my current setup. I guess I'll either buy another barrel for it, or just buy another shotty down the road. That will probably be next year though. I have at least 3 guns I want/need to get first. One of them is that special project we were talking about. ;)
Well if things go as I'm hoping all my builds are gonna be suspended indefinately........unless I get one that REALLY interests me. I'd just get another barrel if it was me.....and a mag plug.
 

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Well if things go as I'm hoping all my builds are gonna be suspended indefinately........unless I get one that REALLY interests me. I'd just get another barrel if it was me.....and a mag plug.
Why would they be suspended indefinably? :confused:
 

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This is at 20 yards with a 12g 28 inch barrel with win whitebox bird shot, holes at the bottom are the tight *** groups.

 

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Why would they be suspended indefinably? :confused:
Going back on the road......maybe. oh ill still build one occassionally but I need a better income, getting in one of them "ah to hell w it this is getting boring" times, and my feet are itching;) doesn't mean I wont get go back to it though. Its in my blood and all my thoughts revolve around it at some degree. Can't forget it. Can't live wo it.
 

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Barrel length has less to do with shot spread than choke does. If your short barrel has choke tubes then you can easily adjust shot spread by changing choke tubes.
 

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Barrel length has less to do with shot spread than choke does. If your short barrel has choke tubes then you can easily adjust shot spread by changing choke tubes.
Correct. My avenger has NO chokes in it and WONT have one in it.
 

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This is at 20 yards with a 12g 28 inch barrel with win whitebox bird shot, holes at the bottom are the tight *** groups.

Sweet!

Going back on the road......maybe. oh ill still build one occassionally but I need a better income, getting in one of them "ah to hell w it this is getting boring" times, and my feet are itching;) doesn't mean I wont get go back to it though. Its in my blood and all my thoughts revolve around it at some degree. Can't forget it. Can't live wo it.
Good luck with getting back out on the road. Whatever you do though, I'd still like to have a gun made by you eventually, and I wouldn't mind waiting. ;)

Barrel length has less to do with shot spread than choke does. If your short barrel has choke tubes then you can easily adjust shot spread by changing choke tubes.
I can't put a choke on mine, so I'd have to buy another barrel anyways.
 

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Barrel length has less to do with shot spread than choke does. If your short barrel has choke tubes then you can easily adjust shot spread by changing choke tubes.
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Pattern is 90 percent determined by choke and the type of wad/shot tube used by the ammo manufacturer..
 

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IMO, a shorter barrel will have some effect on shot pattern, but i am agreeing with HiWall, that different chokes will have a bigger effect on the shot pattern.

tommorow, if i get the chance, i will test this out and see what the results are. i have a Winchester SXP Defender with the 18.5" barrel and a Maverick M88 with a 28" barrel. i will use the same load at the same distance and see if my reasoning is sound. as they say the proof is in the pudding!
 

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IMO, a shorter barrel will have some effect on shot pattern, but i am agreeing with HiWall, that different chokes will have a bigger effect on the shot pattern.

tommorow, if i get the chance, i will test this out and see what the results are. i have a Winchester SXP Defender with the 18.5" barrel and a Maverick M88 with a 28" barrel. i will use the same load at the same distance and see if my reasoning is sound. as they say the proof is in the pudding!
Awesome! Don't forget to take a few pics. :D
 

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lol, I was thinking more along the lines of hunting. I was just curious if it was even possible with my current setup. I guess I'll either buy another barrel for it, or just buy another shotty down the road. That will probably be next year though. I have at least 3 guns I want/need to get first. One of them is that special project we were talking about. ;)
My Remington 870 with unchoked 18.5" barrel at 25 yards had about a 30" spread with Remington 2.75" 00 buck,and about a 25" spread with Hornady 2.75" 00 buck.What are you going to be hunting?I now have a 20" cyl barrel with rifle sights on my 870 and it handles slugs awesome,took a button buck from 35 yards last year with a Win 2.75" Rackmaster rifled slug,I can do anything a rifle can do with my shotty/rifled slug up to 75 yards.
 
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Barrel length has no effect on shot spread whatsoever. Hardness of the shot, type of wad, power of the shell, and most of all, choke, does have an effect on shot spread.
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Barrel length has no effect on shot spread whatsoever. Hardness of the shot, type of wad, power of the shell, and most of all, choke, does have an effect on shot spread.
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barrel length does affect pattern not as much as the load or choke tho but with this bunch of zombie shooters lots of holes or a big hole makes them happy how about breaking a flying rabbet at 60 yards(figure that out)
 
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