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If a shotgun has a 3" chamber, will it shoot 2 3/4" shells? And, if so, which would cycle better in a 3" chamber, 2 3/4" or 3"? (I am probably showing my ignorance again. Oh del!. Only dumb question it the one not asked, right?)

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

a 3" chamber will shoot 3" and 2 3/4 just fine, and no it wont cycle one better then the other unless you have a gun with an older gas system, then it may not cycle light target loads well. and yes, your ignorance is shining quite bright today!!!

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto~scratchgolf72 +1

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto some more.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto yet again...with one caveat, the "possibility" of it not cycling light 2 3/4" loads only applies to a semi-auto. If it's a pump gun it won't know the difference.

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I put more 2 3/4 than 3" through mine. Only my shoulder knows the difference.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto!

As far as what "any" gun will "digest"? It depends on the gun and each gun is an "individual", just like owners! It's kinda up to you to figure out what to feed it to get the best results.
Some cars run fine on unleaded, some won't run without super in the tank.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Not a dumb question at all! Bunch of correct answers above^^^^^

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

scratchgolf72- Thank you very much! I have to let him (ignorance) shine every now and then. I actually have only shot 3 or 4 shotguns in my life, a single shot 20 gauge, a 60 year old semi-auto (with a gas system that didn't like low power loads) another semi-auto 12ga. that was kinda old, and a you single shot 20ga (sounds like a broken record doesn't it). Any way I have had very little experience with newer guns, and no experience with pump shotguns. I do have another question though. What about 3 1/2 inch chambers? Will they shoot 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells? Seems like it would be a little tricky to get a short bullet into a long chamber seamlessly.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

As for 3 1/2" chambers? All info above is applicable.
Met a gent many years back who said, "The only reason they make magnum shotguns is so those Cajuns in south Louisiana can hear noise and feel pain when they pull the trigger!"!
Bill was basically saying they're pretty much the same.
The "advantage" to magnums is increased "shot charge". With a heavier shot charge you need more powder. You're basically launching the same size shot at the same velocity. You're just sending more shot down range.
With increased powder charge and increased "payloads", the down side is a DISTINCT increase behind the stock and in the wallet.
Now I'll stir up the bees nest, as it were! Learn to shoot a shotgun and standard, 2 3/4" ammo will kill anything the "Magnums" will!
(Let the "weeping and wailing" start!)

Chewy
Words of wisdom my daddy taught me as a young man that still work today:
Pattern density, not shot size, kills!"

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

chewy, you can shoot any shell that is as big or smaller then the chamber allows. so in a 3 1/2" gun you can fire whatever shell you please. in a 3" you can shoot 3" and 2 3/4". in a 2 3/4" chamber you can only shoot just that, 2 3/4".

i shoot a beretta a400 unico now, and i bought the 3 1/2" model. i have shot big 3 1/2" goose loads and light sporting clay loads through the gun with no issues, they got it right with the blink gas system.

not sure what you mean by "tricky" to get a shorter shell into a 3 1/2" chamber?????

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Maybe tricky was not the right word. With a shorter shell in a long chamber, it seems there would be a better chance that a 2 3/4 inch shell would jam in a 3 1/2 inch chamber. I guess if there was a seamless barrel to chamber connection a bullet could not jam. Sorry, I guess that statement was not well thought out.

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from canvasbackhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Not a dumb question at all. I once had a friend who told his dad to get him some size 6 shot for rabbit. His dad said his gun would not shoot #6's. So he bought #5 and 71/2's. I still can't figure his reasoning. In my early days i asked that same question.

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from AAM wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

If the chamber is 3" it shouldn't matter, unless it's a semi-auto.

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Thanks Y'all!

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

a 3" chamber will shoot 3" and 2 3/4 just fine, and no it wont cycle one better then the other unless you have a gun with an older gas system, then it may not cycle light target loads well. and yes, your ignorance is shining quite bright today!!!

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from Sourdough Dave wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

I put more 2 3/4 than 3" through mine. Only my shoulder knows the difference.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto~scratchgolf72 +1

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from DakotaMan wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto some more.

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from Hoski wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto yet again...with one caveat, the "possibility" of it not cycling light 2 3/4" loads only applies to a semi-auto. If it's a pump gun it won't know the difference.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Ditto!

As far as what "any" gun will "digest"? It depends on the gun and each gun is an "individual", just like owners! It's kinda up to you to figure out what to feed it to get the best results.
Some cars run fine on unleaded, some won't run without super in the tank.

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from WA Mtnhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Not a dumb question at all! Bunch of correct answers above^^^^^

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

scratchgolf72- Thank you very much! I have to let him (ignorance) shine every now and then. I actually have only shot 3 or 4 shotguns in my life, a single shot 20 gauge, a 60 year old semi-auto (with a gas system that didn't like low power loads) another semi-auto 12ga. that was kinda old, and a you single shot 20ga (sounds like a broken record doesn't it). Any way I have had very little experience with newer guns, and no experience with pump shotguns. I do have another question though. What about 3 1/2 inch chambers? Will they shoot 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells? Seems like it would be a little tricky to get a short bullet into a long chamber seamlessly.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

As for 3 1/2" chambers? All info above is applicable.
Met a gent many years back who said, "The only reason they make magnum shotguns is so those Cajuns in south Louisiana can hear noise and feel pain when they pull the trigger!"!
Bill was basically saying they're pretty much the same.
The "advantage" to magnums is increased "shot charge". With a heavier shot charge you need more powder. You're basically launching the same size shot at the same velocity. You're just sending more shot down range.
With increased powder charge and increased "payloads", the down side is a DISTINCT increase behind the stock and in the wallet.
Now I'll stir up the bees nest, as it were! Learn to shoot a shotgun and standard, 2 3/4" ammo will kill anything the "Magnums" will!
(Let the "weeping and wailing" start!)

Chewy
Words of wisdom my daddy taught me as a young man that still work today:
Pattern density, not shot size, kills!"

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from scratchgolf72 wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

chewy, you can shoot any shell that is as big or smaller then the chamber allows. so in a 3 1/2" gun you can fire whatever shell you please. in a 3" you can shoot 3" and 2 3/4". in a 2 3/4" chamber you can only shoot just that, 2 3/4".

i shoot a beretta a400 unico now, and i bought the 3 1/2" model. i have shot big 3 1/2" goose loads and light sporting clay loads through the gun with no issues, they got it right with the blink gas system.

not sure what you mean by "tricky" to get a shorter shell into a 3 1/2" chamber?????

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Maybe tricky was not the right word. With a shorter shell in a long chamber, it seems there would be a better chance that a 2 3/4 inch shell would jam in a 3 1/2 inch chamber. I guess if there was a seamless barrel to chamber connection a bullet could not jam. Sorry, I guess that statement was not well thought out.

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from canvasbackhunter wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Not a dumb question at all. I once had a friend who told his dad to get him some size 6 shot for rabbit. His dad said his gun would not shoot #6's. So he bought #5 and 71/2's. I still can't figure his reasoning. In my early days i asked that same question.

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from AAM wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

If the chamber is 3" it shouldn't matter, unless it's a semi-auto.

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from Chewylouie wrote 1 year 10 weeks ago

Thanks Y'all!

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