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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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