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Wondering what the general consensus is for pheasant and grouse hunting with a 20ga SxS. I'm looking to upgrade from my Ithaca pump to a double gun and having trouble deciding between 26" and 28" barrels. Does 2" more or less of barrel make much difference manuevering in the thick stuff? Thanks in advance for any replies.
 

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The shorter the barrel the easier to swing on those quick shots. I always hunted grouse with my 26" skeet gun with great success.
 

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Remember if you choose the 26" you will lose about 25 fps in speed which of course all ducks, geese and other critters will notice.
 

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28" or even 30" if you can get them.....Short barrels on a double upset the balance. That gun should jump to your shoulder just by thinking about it.

28" is a fairly short barrel for a double......It would equate to a 23" or 24" on a pump or semi.
 

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If it was me I would buy which ever one was cheapest. Flip a coin.... 2 inches is not gonna break ya one way or the other.
 

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Years ago I was hunting creeks in NY state for ducks and it was close work, I could not hit them with my 28" barrel full or mod choke. I bought a 20 ga side by side with 26" barrel and imp cyl and mod chokes, (this was before screw in chokes), my shooting improved significantly, I also used it grouse hunting with great success.
 

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Jeep,
I have both, and most times it changes the weight of the gun a little and changes the swing inside the Grouse woods. I prefer the 28" double gun for Pheasant hunting
where I am not climbing mountains all day long. On the big flats in Montana I even use my Elsie Pigeon Grade with it 30" BBls for Pheasant hunting. However I have a 16 Guage Elsie double gun, with 2 sets of 26" BBls, one choked for Grouse, Woodcock and Quail and the other for Pheasant, Ducks and Geese, so you see it all depends on where I am hunting, and what I am hunting, as to which weapon I choose to use. If I only had one double gun, I would want the 28"
BBls with two triggers, for the hunting of different game and birds.
Pine Creek/Dave
 

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I'd guess there is no really good answer for that question. I prefer the balance of the 28" gun, but in the thick I am in favor of the 26" barrel. That being said,I agree with koz - buy whichever is cheapest!
 
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