Long vs Short Barrel

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Long vs Short Barrel

#1 Post by t.r. » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:12 pm

Although I occasionally hunt with the long barreled Marlin, I generally reach for my Mossberg when going on a wild hog hunt here in Florida. This is the model 464 featuring a 16 inch barrel and Marine-coat finish. Handling is superb for me! I know that there is a velocity loss factor but have not detected any difference in killing power or accuracy from the shorter barrel. However it is noticeably louder when a round is touched off.

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#2 Post by marlinman93 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:59 pm

I've always preferred longer barrels, and never found them a hindrance, regardless of hunting conditions.
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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#3 Post by HawkCreek » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:22 pm

I always preferred the shorter carbine and trapper length barrels. I live out in the desert so there isn't really any place where brush is going to be in my way with a longer barrel and with irons the longer barrels give me a longer sight radius, I just prefer the look of the shorter barrels.

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#4 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:49 pm

I prefer shorter barrels but yes I find noise is a factor.
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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#5 Post by jeepnik » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:50 pm

I tend to go with shorter barrels. The difference ballistically between longer and shorter is insignificant. The animal isn't going to know if it was shot with a 20" vs a 24" barrel. Shot placement is much more important that a few fps.

The loudness of the report is generally higher on sorter barrels. But, now that I'm already half deaf I finally figured out there are comfortable and unobtrusive devices that cancel the noise of a gun short while amplifying ambient sounds.
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#6 Post by gamekeeper » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:57 pm

I forgot to say, great photos thanks for sharing.... 8)
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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#7 Post by Pete44ru » Fri Jul 06, 2018 6:55 pm

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I've found, over the years, that some guns just handle better than others with either a longer (24+) or shorter (16") barrel, and choose according to my druthers.

Although YMMV, I prefer short barrels on short-actions (pistol cartridge length) with straight-gripped stocks, & longer barrels with pistol grip stocks on long-actions (.30-30/.405).

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#8 Post by Pisgah » Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:52 pm

The velocity loss probably averages no more than 100 fps, and the chance any animal shot with it will know the difference is nil. The shorties sure are handy.

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#9 Post by JB » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:06 pm

t.r. wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:12 pm
I know that there is a velocity loss factor but have not detected any difference in killing power or accuracy from the shorter barrel. However it is noticeably louder when a round is touched off.
You might find the short barrel possibly having an accuracy advantage. I like long barrels when velocity is needed like in a varmint rifle, but short barrels for pure accuracy. A shorter barrel sometimes has less accuracy robbing flex.

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#10 Post by AJMD429 » Fri Jul 06, 2018 10:37 pm

Short barrels may be easier to hold steady for some folks (or not), too.

The IDEAL levergun for my taste would have a short, but integrally-suppressed, barrel for the best of both worlds. They'd be commonplace were it not for NFA'34... :|
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#11 Post by Nath » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:03 am

I like long and short. The 16" trappers are a joy to carry.

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#12 Post by M. M. Wright » Sat Jul 07, 2018 6:25 am

I like carrying a rifle by the grip so if the barrel is short enough to clear the ground when carried this way I like it. That is why my Browning 86 SRC is cut off 3"s or so. Exact same length as a 20" barreled 94 carbine. Greatest loss for me is the sight radius being shorter. I have 3 94s with 26" barrels and really appreciate the longer sight radius they have.
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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#13 Post by JimT » Sat Jul 07, 2018 8:45 am

t.r. wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 2:12 pm
Although I occasionally hunt with the long barreled Marlin, I generally reach for my Mossberg when going on a wild hog hunt here in Florida. This is the model 464 featuring a 16 inch barrel and Marine-coat finish. Handling is superb for me! I know that there is a velocity loss factor but have not detected any difference in killing power or accuracy from the shorter barrel. However it is noticeably louder when a round is touched off.

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#14 Post by 765x53 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 11:46 am

It has been noted that 26 inch barrels do not seem to be a hindrance in the grouse and woodcock thickets.

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Re: Long vs Short Barrel

#15 Post by marlinman93 » Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:09 pm

I like long barrels because I shoot iron sights, and long barrels give me a longer sighting radius. Velocity doesn't matter for my uses.
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