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#3059481 - Thu Jun 20 2013 05:25 AM What length barrel for rabbits?
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Just curious to what barrel length everyone prefers for rabbits. Right now im using either my 11-87 or 870 20 gauges that i believe have 26" barrels. I would like to get something shorter, being that it seems like it would make getting through some of the brush easier and a little easier to swing and aquire my targets faster. But im not sure on it, so i figured Id ask what everyone else thought.
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#3059495 - Thu Jun 20 2013 06:28 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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never really gave that much thought.. I've used 12 20 410 .22 and 32 muzzleloader

Just grabbed whatever gun suited me that day and took off; I've found that the type of gun or length of barrel never made getting through the brush easier...

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#3059526 - Thu Jun 20 2013 07:22 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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As long as the scattergun barrel is not toted like a canoe's outriggers, there should be little difficulty.
There is often a bit of difficulty in swinging a short barrel and hitting a target well if a more open shot on any game is presented.
Unless you are starving, I would reduce the imagined need for speed.
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#3059538 - Thu Jun 20 2013 07:47 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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26 works pretty well, even better if its a double cause the action is shorter. You should be able to get a shorter one for the 870 no problem. Rem. probably makes a 22 for it.

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#3059540 - Thu Jun 20 2013 07:49 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Also spreader loads can help with that first shot in close.

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#3059552 - Thu Jun 20 2013 08:09 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: Davy Crockett]
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I have a 26" barrel on my 20 ga with a mod choke and have no problems with getting bunnies, the gun is like my right arm
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#3059584 - Thu Jun 20 2013 08:53 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: Moss]
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A few years back I had passed on to me a FIE single shot 12 with about 6 inches cut off.A gunsmith friend threaded the barrel to fit my 870 rem chokes, put a fiber optic sight on and installed sling swivels. The barel measures 22 inches.Lightweight. Nice rabbit gun.

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#3059606 - Thu Jun 20 2013 09:30 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Shorter the better for swinging it in the brush. I use a 14" contender and if need be I will shot a 11-87 20 with a 21" barrel.
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#3059613 - Thu Jun 20 2013 09:40 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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I just ask not because I have trouble swinging.. but some places at this place I hunt are tight and a shorter barrel would def ease it up a bit.. this place is rabbit heaven and it ranges from low brush to very thick with trees and briar bushes.. I'm also looking for an over under
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#3059649 - Thu Jun 20 2013 10:30 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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It's tough to find an over and under with barrels much shorter then 26"
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#3059689 - Thu Jun 20 2013 11:44 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Browning made a Citori Upland with 24" barrels, if one likes the Shotgun Slade stagecoach-look.
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#3059714 - Thu Jun 20 2013 12:23 PM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Check MidewayUSA's site. They usually have replacement barrels for both Remy 20's in the 18.5" to 21" inch range. Also check eBay. There's a 20" 870 barrel on there now starting at $120. You could also post a WTB ad on this forum to see if anyone has a short barrel to part with.

Personally I've shot 26" O/U's for years for rabbit and birds and love them. If you end up looking for a new gun' you could look at a 26" barrel O/U. Like Davy pointed out, this will be 3-4" shorter than you current Remy's.
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#3059715 - Thu Jun 20 2013 12:25 PM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Man how can u carry a 2400 dollar over in under for rabbits lol Then again idk how anyone carries them in the woods. I like top of line equipment and I don't buy any junk but I just can't imagine that I guess 1400 is my cut off for a shotgun lol
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#3059728 - Thu Jun 20 2013 12:50 PM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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Not sayin you need to go to an O/U. The pump and auto that the OP is using are great guns. I wouldn't carry a $2400 gun for rabbits either. There's no need to spend half that much. I hunt grouse, pheasant, rabbits, waterfowl, and crows all with the same gun and the O/U is just my personal favorite. Bought my SKB model 500 12 ga. imported by Ithaca in the 70's for $350. Great O/U that you still can buy used for $600-$800. Bought a model 600 2 years ago for $550. There are some great bargains in used O/U's if you look.


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#3059932 - Thu Jun 20 2013 06:06 PM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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The shorter the better in my opinion. I've got a 870 20 gauge with a 21" barrel. Also use the contender with a 12" barrel a lot.
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#3060165 - Fri Jun 21 2013 07:22 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: GTR_Beagles]
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Originally Posted By: GTR_Beagles
Man how can u carry a 2400 dollar over in under for rabbits lol Then again idk how anyone carries them in the woods. I like top of line equipment and I don't buy any junk but I just can't imagine that I guess 1400 is my cut off for a shotgun lol


$2400 is just getting out of the cheapos. That and they are only metal and wood that is meant to be used. Never had jaggers or thorns leave a mark on a gun. Rocks on the other hand..
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#3060611 - Fri Jun 21 2013 11:10 PM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: HighCountry66]
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24" - 26" is fine IMO.
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#3060731 - Sat Jun 22 2013 10:17 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: HighCountry66]
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Originally Posted By: HighCountry66
Originally Posted By: GTR_Beagles
Man how can u carry a 2400 dollar over in under for rabbits lol Then again idk how anyone carries them in the woods. I like top of line equipment and I don't buy any junk but I just can't imagine that I guess 1400 is my cut off for a shotgun lol


$2400 is just getting out of the cheapos. That and they are only metal and wood that is meant to be used. Never had jaggers or thorns leave a mark on a gun. Rocks on the other hand..


This! Saw a show where some guys were shooting some older high dollar guns. The guy that owned them says " I shoot these guns no matter how old or valuable because that's what they were made for" The african PHs bang around the bush with $30-50K guns. I'll concede that rabbit guns especially seem to take a beating so I might not want to use my best gun, but my best gun IS going bird hunting or something, not sit in the safe. When I'm gone none of it will matter.

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#3061086 - Sun Jun 23 2013 06:03 AM Re: What length barrel for rabbits? [Re: TurkeyBoy17]
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alright, thanks for your input everyone
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