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Offline old george

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barrel length for flint turkey gun
« on: May 03, 2019, 06:56:32 PM »
Alright turkey gunners; What length of barrel on your turkey gun?  I'd like a jugged barrel but wonder how short I could go and still keep velocity up? :-\
Thanks

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Offline Dan'l 1946

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 07:25:33 PM »
   George,
         I have a 10 bore fowler with a 48" unchoked barrel and it is just fine for turkeys. The long barrel patterns beautifully and the fowler weighs a little under eight pounds. Unless weight is an issue, the long barrel is an asset. And the balance is amazing. Oh, and I'm old too.
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Offline tiswell

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 07:59:53 PM »
I have a Colerain 20 gauge fowler barrel with the turkey choke. The pattern this thing throws at 40 yards with 2 oz of #6 shot and 100 grains of powder is impressive. Mine is a 42" but the gentlemen that built mine built a 38" for a guy and it shoots just as well.

Online Jose Gordo

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2019, 12:44:32 AM »
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What length of barrel on your turkey gun? 

50"

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I....wonder how short I could go and still keep velocity up?

30" would do just fine. You could go somewhat shorter if you wanted to.
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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #4 on: May 04, 2019, 01:30:29 AM »
Iíve taken 9 turkeys in the past few years with my 12 gauge flintlock with a 30Ē barrel. Does a great job out to 35 yards or even a little more.

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Offline old george

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2019, 02:23:54 AM »
Thanks everyone; I was thinking 28-32 for use in a blind.

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2019, 05:00:25 AM »
A 50" barrel works fine in a blind - it only sticks out two or three feet.....

The main advantage of my barrel is of course that I start out a full yard closer to the turkey than everyone else.
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Offline wattlebuster

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2019, 04:06:29 PM »
I have a Colerain oct to round 12 ga that is 32 inch that has been jug choked by Danny Caywood. Joe Schell made it into a nice smooth rifle thats really very handy in the thickets here at home. Handles an balances very well an has taken its share of longbeards

Nothing beats the feel of a handmade southern iron mounted flintlock on a cold frosty morning

Offline old george

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2019, 05:33:52 PM »
Wattlebuster; That's my idea of a hunting rifle.

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Offline Daryl

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2019, 08:42:36 PM »
31" 20 bore.





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Offline Matt / PA

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2019, 10:03:36 PM »
Mine is a 38" Colerain 20ga turkey choke.  Amazingly good barrel for a dedicated turkey gun. The overall gun IMO is perfectly balanced for turkey hunting. Handles nicer than a modern pump shotgun. Light and points great.....38" is no problem in a blind or the woods.
Knocked down another couple again this season here in PA.





Offline old george

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2019, 10:59:48 PM »
Matt; love the smiles Thanks for the imfo.

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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2019, 02:00:25 AM »
Geez, I'm gonna have to make a trip up to PA, it's been dismal here in my area of Maryland.   Everybody around here is ready to call this year Silent Spring.   :(

My turkey gun is a 44" colerain turkey choke.  Can't say about turkeys as so far it seems to be a jinx in it's first year, but I can tell you it'll drop a red fox like a sack of hammers at 32 yards.   ;)
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Re: barrel length for flint turkey gun
« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2019, 03:08:44 AM »
 :) poor fox. Thanx for the reply osprey

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