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#6159095 - 01/28/16 08:33 AM Shotgun barrel length question
BuckshotBuddy Offline
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I just bought a stoeger 12ga which has a 18.5 inch barrel , if I add a choke of some sort would that be factored into the length making it legal to hunt with?

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#6159102 - 01/28/16 08:38 AM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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I don't believe the choke can be used to figure legal length. 18.5 is legal tho.
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#6159156 - 01/28/16 09:14 AM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
Tff caribou Offline
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Assuming you live in Texas, its already legal to hunt with. No minimum barrel length for hunting.
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#6159179 - 01/28/16 09:28 AM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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Legal barrel length is a Federal Regulation, and the States have no say so...Just Sayin'
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#6159197 - 01/28/16 09:38 AM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: WileyCoyote]
Tff caribou Offline
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Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Legal barrel length is a Federal Regulation, and the States have no say so...Just Sayin'
Ron


Not true. A state can have a more stringent law than the feds, just not less so. Legal barrel lenght and legal hunting length are 2 different things. In Texas, there isn't one. Idk about other states.
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#6159529 - 01/28/16 01:14 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
Scary Poppins Offline
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^^ what they said.

I'd still consider adding a full choke or getting a longer barrel just to have a better chance of hitting something. But in a pinch, it'll at least get you out there and going. smile

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#6159550 - 01/28/16 01:33 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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Adding a full choke increases chances of hitting something? Please explain, I'm cornfused.

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#6159575 - 01/28/16 01:55 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
Scary Poppins Offline
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Rather, see what choke is on there and possibly see if it could be tighter. A longer barrel would probably be better though. I know my old 18.5" barrel spread the shot far too quickly. I moved to 28" and all of a sudden I'm hitting things at hunting distances.

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#6159626 - 01/28/16 02:43 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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You are legal in Texas.

Scary, an 18.5" barrel with 'x' choke does not spread shot any faster than longer barrel with the same choke. In the same way, barrel length does not make it easier to hit something other than providing a longer sight plane which most prefer. Barrel length is only a concern if it's so short that velocity suffers.

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#6159844 - 01/28/16 05:09 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: P_102]
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Originally Posted By: P_102
You are legal in Texas.

Scary, an 18.5" barrel with 'x' choke does not spread shot any faster than longer barrel with the same choke. In the same way, barrel length does not make it easier to hit something other than providing a longer sight plane which most prefer. Barrel length is only a concern if it's so short that velocity suffers.

P_102


Exactly.
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#6159847 - 01/28/16 05:11 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: Tff caribou]
colt45 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Legal barrel length is a Federal Regulation, and the States have no say so...Just Sayin'
Ron


Not true. A state can have a more stringent law than the feds, just not less so. Legal barrel lenght and legal hunting length are 2 different things. In Texas, there isn't one. Idk about other states.
I would like to see you convince G.W., LEO of that fact
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#6159856 - 01/28/16 05:23 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: colt45]
Sneaky Offline
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Originally Posted By: colt45
Originally Posted By: Tff caribou
Originally Posted By: WileyCoyote
Legal barrel length is a Federal Regulation, and the States have no say so...Just Sayin'
Ron


Not true. A state can have a more stringent law than the feds, just not less so. Legal barrel lenght and legal hunting length are 2 different things. In Texas, there isn't one. Idk about other states.
I would like to see you convince G.W., LEO of that fact


What is there to convince?
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#6159972 - 01/28/16 06:39 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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A quick review of chapter 46.01 (10) of the Texas Penal Code will prove that a shotgun in Texas must have at least an 18 inch barrel and must be at least 26 inches overall. A detachable/removable choke cannot be considered as part of the barrel. You are legal to hunt with your gun as is.
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#6160033 - 01/28/16 07:04 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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The only real question is a 26" better than a 28". That's a debate. I'm in the 26" camp.

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#6160324 - 01/28/16 09:36 PM Re: Shotgun barrel length question [Re: BuckshotBuddy]
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26" or 28"... Depends on use and gun type. Overall, shorter and lighter in the field, longer and heavier in the clay sports. My field guns (28 ga. OU, 20 ga. semi auto and 16 ga. pump, (my favorite in Mod. 12)), have 26 and 28" bbls and are light, my skeet gun has 30" bbls and is heavy. P_102


Edited by P_102 (01/28/16 09:52 PM)
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