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Posted: 3/21/2012 4:14:26 AM EDT
I thinking about buying a Benelli M2 field, primarily for (but not necessarily dedicated to) 3-gunning and am trying to decide between a 21" or 24" barrel?

Which one did you go with and why? If you could do it over, would you make the same choice?
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Posted: 3/21/2012 6:11:53 AM EDT
I have had both. The 21" may swing a little faster, but it is not noticeable. I'd get whichever you can get first. It seems both are sometimes hard to find.
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Posted: 3/21/2012 10:40:04 AM EDT
21 is easier to move around. 24 will let you have more room in the mag extension without extending beyond the barrel if that really matters to you. It is all personal preference. Same with pistol grip or standard stock, sights, shell caddies, etc.

I would not get to caught up in the length as long as it holds at least 8+1.

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Posted: 3/28/2012 5:07:35 PM EDT
I have an 18, 20, 21, 24. I like the lighter shorter barrels best.
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Posted: 3/29/2012 6:48:38 AM EDT
For all around use, I would get the 24", as I believe that the longer barrel would work better for hunting.

I have multiple barrels, and had been using the 18" for the last couple of years. Swings very fast, and I only had issues on some targets where the shot spread from the cylinder bore would not allow me to get the steel down most of the time (split popper, where you are to only down one side). This year I am switching to a 26" barrel with chokes to try that out, but just in practice I can feel the difference in moving from target to target. If this does not work out I will save up to buy a 21" and keep the 26 for hunting. :D I do like the shorter barrel, alot.