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Old 07-12-2009, 10:22 PM   #1
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Default Best length for speargun??

What is the best length for a speargun? I currently use a polespear, but am thinking on stepping up, since an AJ bent my aluminum pole to a 45 degree angle.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:23 AM   #2
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

Dependswhere you're going to be shooting, what you're going to be shooting at, how tall you are, etc.

As with most topics, you'll get different opinions. Generally:

For tight shooting in and around wrecks a shorter gun (36-42") may be the best choice - quicker to swing and reload.

For more open areas like Rigs or Natural Bottom or forAJ's, & Cobia, go with a bigger gun (48-54")- which will give you more power and range.

48" guns have been the most popular over the last couple of years.
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Old 07-13-2009, 09:41 AM   #3
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

The 48" shaft guns seem to be the best suited to be an all purpose gun. Bigger guns are more suited for open water and bigger fish. Smaller guns are more manuverable and easier to shoot in tight spaces.

For around here, we do not have too many tight spaces to shoot in. The only time I take down my smaller gun is when I am shooting on the bridge rubble sites. Other than that, I take my bigger gun down 95% of the time. I can load less bands to shoot a smaller fish. Or load all 3 to power through something larger. Get the biggest one you can load comfortably.
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Old 07-14-2009, 03:36 PM   #4
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

Thank you for the knowledge. I'm leaning to a 48" now. I use to think bigger was better, but I can see why its not always.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:23 PM   #5
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48"
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:57 PM   #6
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

48" to 52" seems to be a good all-around gun.

I started out with a 42" Biller and recently upgraded to a Riffe C3X. I don't remember the exact size of the c3x... maybe around 56".

At times I felt a little under-gunned with the Biller, but with the Riffe, I find myself passing up shots on triggers and smaller snapper... just don't really want to reload that thing for asmaller fish. Something in between those two guns would be a great gun for just about all conditions. Check out the Riffe c2x.
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:35 PM   #7
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

i have a 45" biller (s.s) & a wood 48" biller. i would go with the wood 48" i dont care big fish(60#) or small fish (1#) the 48" is easy to shoot & reload ,to fill the stringer up. just make sure you get the biggest bands you can pull, i shoot 2 -- 3/4" & 1 -- 5/8" bands & have no problem getting my shots in.
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Old 01-14-2010, 06:24 PM   #8
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Default RE: Best length for speargun??

When you look at guns, and there stated length...read beweeen the lines. Some measure there guns by the shaft length, like Biller goes by there shaft length, wich is deceptive, and some go buy the stock length, which can be deceptive.

True measure of a gun is the amount of band stretch. Perfect example, the midhandle Riffe Hawian is a 50" stock, and the standard and competitor #3 are 55 inch stock. But, both have the same exact band stretch, same shaft, and same exact power.

And you cant go by shaft length, because a JBL has only a couple inches of overhang, and a Biller and Riffe come stock with about 10" of overhang, so a 48" biller actually only has as much band stretch as a 42" JBL.

Confused yet?

If you like going out and slayin the crap outta trigger and gray snapper and such, a smaller gun will do ya fine. If your wanting to knock down some AJ, (wich it sounds like from your pole spear abuse!)15 pound snappers from 15 feet away and such, a bigger gun that you can comfortably load will be better.

Riffe #3, JBL woody magnum, or Biller/ Sea Hornet / Spearfishing Specialties 54" are all the same band stretch.

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Old 01-20-2010, 10:25 AM   #9
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42"-48" wood Biller. If you're an average size person with decent physical capabilities, I suggest the 48" Biller. Even if you add guns to you're arsenal, you'll keep that 48" Biller due to it's versatility. And they can be bought new at a great price point.
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Old 05-24-2010, 12:31 AM   #10
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Im also looking to add a 48" to my collection of gear!

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