|Originally Posted By Arioch3d:
That's the truth; would it be better to have one at a lower capacity and barrel length or not have one at all?
So far I have found one place that can order me a 22" barrel (at the same price as a 24") and I'm facing the same question.
I do have a clarification question though for anyone.
Lmccrock mentioned that I do NOT want a cylinder bore 18.5" barrel for 3-gun...why is this?
If I understand the theroy of what everyone is telling me about shotguns and the technical stuff that make up a shotgun, then I believe that with a shorter barrel (18.5") the spread of the pellets would be larger than a longer barrel (22") at the same distance. SO in other words, the shorter barrel would have less pellets on target than a longer barrel; which means 2 things...either you will hit the target and not knock it down or you could accidentally hit a friendly target that you would lose points for doing.
Is this the reason for the longer barrel? ALSO, in that aspect. I called a local shop and they have a shotgun that meets a lot of my criteria (Under $600, semi-auto, multiple chokes, 9+ capacity) but one thing it doesn't have is a 20" - 24" barrel...theirs has a 26 or 28" barrel. Is this a problem? I think it could be when firing at clay (not enough spread), but not sure.
I'm just trying to figure out what features I should be focusing on when buying this shotgun and what features I could potentially ignore or put into the category of "Would be nice if it had".
I called another local shop and they have a "tricked out" Mossberg 930 SPX. Basically the SPX has a pistol grip, sights, picatiny rail system, flash light and laser (or something like that) for only $800.
The questions I'm asking myself are:
- Does the 18.5" barrel really matter THAT much?
- Is the 9 - 10 round capacity that big of a deal?
- (Most importantly) Do I REALLY need all that fluff on my shotgun? Would it make it more functional or just look really cool to impress the gang?
As always your input is appreciated.
The issue with the 18.5 cylinder bore only shotgun is that it may have difficulty knocking over the steel plates or poppers. It has more to do with not being threaded for chokes being more of an issue than barrel length, I assume anyways
More rounds you can load, the less you have to reload. That 1/2 extra capacity really can make a difference.
I don't think you will impress many at a match with a tacticool shotgun lol, keep it light and simple.