Many moons ago I went to the annual duck call tuning by Rick Dunn at Gene Lockwood's Sport Mart in Little Rock. That night they had a drawing for an 870 SP and there seemed to be a 1000 ticket stubs in the drawing barrel. They picked my name and I won it.:biggrin: Came with a 26 inch barrel. I have used it ever since for all my duck hunting and it has done a good job in timber or the field. Barrel length does not effect the distance a gun shoots but does aid in making sighting easier on distant targets with a longer barrel. It didn't take me long to get used to the shorter sighting plane and now I don't even give it a thought.
Death indeed. Looks like a Belgium made Browning A-5. :up: My dad has one just like it with the 32" barrel. It'll reach out there and get'em. I have an A5 with a 30" barrel, but it was made in Japan. :smack:
When steel shot became mandatory a longer bbl. was recommended because the powder being used at the time took longer to burn. But that has since been fixed, I think. I use a 26 on my Browning but got a 28 on the 835 and they both work fine. I think it's just what ever you get used to shooting...d2