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I believe they probably had more
patience than today's hunters, who
seem to shoot as soon as a bird is off the
ground.
Shooting quickly often leads to
missed birds, or pheasant-burger.
Generally, semis and pumps come
with 26- to 30-inch barrels.
That's not carved in stone. I have shot
manufacturers' "special field" models
with 22- or 24-inch barrels, but they
were just too darn short.
On the other end of the spectrum
are longer barrels. Maybe, just maybe, a
32- or 34-inch barrel is of some use when
pass shooting waterfowl, or shooting
handicap trap at longer distances, but
I suggest the advantage of either is
minimal.
Discussing barrel length in comparing
single barrels with O/U or S/S firearms
leads us to an important and nearly
unrecognized fact: Single-barrel pumps
and semis are 3 inches to nearly 4¼
inches longer than a S/S or O/U of the
same listed barrel length.

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It is simple to prove. Show any
doubters the inscribed barrel length -
both the same - on a single barrel, O/U
or S/S. Then rest both guns on their
butts, vertically on a counter, and let
them take a look.
Most will be astounded.
The fact is the chamber on the pump
or semi adds 3 to 4¼ inches to the stated
barrel length.
So don't get carried away ordering
long-barreled pumps and semis, because
they can be quite unwieldy.
A 26-inch single-barrel pump or semi
is like shooting a 29-inch, nearly perfect,
O/U or S/S.
Single-barrel pumps and semis can be
fitted with a single bead out front, and
one in the middle of the barrel; they can
be white, gold or silver.
My thought is none of it matters
much.
Sure, I have sights on my shotguns,
but only the front one is of much use,
and that's minimal.
Basically, our eye is the back sight as

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