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I'm in the market for a new muzzleloader. Most of the barrels on modern muzzleloaders are between 26 to 30 inches long. I am wondering if there is any benefit to buying a muzzy with a longer barrel. I know it will add a little extra weight. However, all things being equal, is a longer barrel better? It looks like it adds FPS, but does it increase accuracy? I'd love to hear some input from the muzzy gurus.
 

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We have two at 24", one at 28" length. They all shoot cloverleaf groups. Twist is more important than length. Back in the day with roundballs you wanted a slower, but longer ignition that wouldnt "stripe" across the riflings so longer barrels make sense. But todays guns, nah... I dont believe it matters all that much.

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With a slower twist, a longer barrel would make a difference... the extra weight will also stabilize your aiming... of course, you're probably talking about inlines... and all I know are sidelocks and flint locks, so my advice is probably null here ;)
 
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