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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-20-2013, 10:47 AM
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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

Also spreader loads can help with that first shot in close.
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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

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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Re: What length barrel for rabbits?

It's tough to find an over and under with barrels much shorter then 26"
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