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Barrel length is a personal choice thing.

 

Also, it depends on whether you're talking a pump/semi-auto or a break action gun.

 

And, what you are shooting (trap, skeet, sporting clays.)

 

A semi-auto with a 26" barrel will be about the same length as a break-action gun with a 30" barrel, because of the receiver length.

 

The current prevailing wisdom is, longer is better.

 

I use an over/under with 32" barrels for trap shooting. And I use an over/under with 30" barrels for skeet and sporting clays.

 

My daughter's semi-auto trap gun has a 30" barrel, and the gun's overall length is longer than my 32" over/under.

 

Many trap shooters use single-barrel break action guns with 35" barrels.

 

Longer barrel gives you a longer sight plane, and adds some weight out front that may tend to smooth out your swing.

 

Other things to consider; if you're a big person, a longer barrel may be fine, but that same barrel might not work well for someone who is 5'-5" tall and weighs 125 lb.

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