Originally Posted by OctoberRust
I know a lot here hate on me for saying this but here a goes.
OP, the 18.5 inch for skeet is fine, as long as you do your part. I notice little difference between my 500 on the 18 vs the 28. Also, testing the reach theory out with birdshot vs a 28 inch barrel with a modified choke, we tested on self pull, and saw how far I could connect with clays...... It turned out to be about just as far as the other shooter that had a modified choke in his gun.
Does the 28 inch barrel give you an advantage in shooting skeet? Perhaps, but I'd like to up my proficiency with my HD gun on tiny 4 inch clay discs flying through the air, so if god forbid I ever have to use it in an HD situation, that big torso going a fraction of the speed of the disc will seem a little easier to hit (in theory).
To each their own, you'd be surprised at what scores you can make with an 18 inch, and you may be amused by the people you'll upset when you do outshoot their 1-2k gamer shotguns in a friendly match.
No hate from here and you are right about upsetting those people that think they can buy skill with their high price shotguns.
I still remember some guy that out shot us all in five station sporting clays with a 410 Mossberg pump. He put all 25 of his shells in his jean pockets and saved his empties in his back pocket. The only thing high dollar item was his Winchester AA ammo.