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Will 3 inch shotgun shells shoot better and farther than 2 3/4 inch shells

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Usually with a good choke.

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from streack wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Velocity wise, they should be about the same. You will have to pattern your loads, but the 3 in. loads will give you about 1/8 to 1/4 ounce more shot which can equate to 8-16 more BBs if you are using steel. To give you an idea, there are 72 BBs in one ounce of steel shot.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Generally magnum shells give you more shot but not necessarily more velocity. There are exceptions such as in the case of some hi-velocity steel waterfowl loads. Also I heard that 3.5 inch 12 ga ammo has a higher pressure limit and those guns are made to handle it.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i agree with Del.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

More shot, the more you hit and the more $$$$$$$ you pay!

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

More recoil too.

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Yes and like Coop says "more money". What's up with your name?

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

agree with del

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

All above are correct and no you won't get a noticable increase in velocity with comparable powder and pressure. You raise the pressure you will increase the velocity and recoil.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

It depends on what type of load your shooting (slugs and bird shot). With slugs the recoil might hurt your accracy, but more knock down power. With bird shoot you have more shot, so more hiting%. With all types 3inchers are more, so for slugs get the 2 3/4 and for birds get the 3in.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Depends on what you mean by better. To me, patterns are key. Longer shells can give you more shot, but some guns might pattern a 2-3/4" better than the 3". You can also get a variety of loads in each length. The lighter the loads, typically they faster the velocity. There are trade-offs. But you still need good patterns. Just need to figure out what is best for your situation and pattern your gun to see what it likes.

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from deadeyedave08 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

yes its what u want for bigger game but the smaller shell will work fine for birds

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Del and MLH are correct. Typically 2 3/4 shells will actually have higher velocity than 3 inch loads, especially turkey loads. 3 inch shells don't always pattern better. Try several different loads and choose the one that is more effective.

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from DakotaMan wrote 5 years 6 days ago

There is an advantage provided by the bigger shell. There is more shot in the pattern and therefore typically you can shoot a little farther out and still achieve the same pattern density of the ligher shell. However, in real life, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I shot my 12 gauge along side my best friend who shot a 20 guage. He always shot more ducks or geese than I did. He knew how to hit them and he had a great choke that seemed to give him more range than I had.

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from hjohn429 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Usually with a good choke.

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from streack wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Velocity wise, they should be about the same. You will have to pattern your loads, but the 3 in. loads will give you about 1/8 to 1/4 ounce more shot which can equate to 8-16 more BBs if you are using steel. To give you an idea, there are 72 BBs in one ounce of steel shot.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Generally magnum shells give you more shot but not necessarily more velocity. There are exceptions such as in the case of some hi-velocity steel waterfowl loads. Also I heard that 3.5 inch 12 ga ammo has a higher pressure limit and those guns are made to handle it.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

i agree with Del.

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from Clay Cooper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

More shot, the more you hit and the more $$$$$$$ you pay!

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from steve182 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

More recoil too.

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from wallofsam wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Yes and like Coop says "more money". What's up with your name?

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from Huntandtrap09 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

agree with del

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

All above are correct and no you won't get a noticable increase in velocity with comparable powder and pressure. You raise the pressure you will increase the velocity and recoil.

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from 870 wingmaster 101 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

It depends on what type of load your shooting (slugs and bird shot). With slugs the recoil might hurt your accracy, but more knock down power. With bird shoot you have more shot, so more hiting%. With all types 3inchers are more, so for slugs get the 2 3/4 and for birds get the 3in.

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from MLH wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Depends on what you mean by better. To me, patterns are key. Longer shells can give you more shot, but some guns might pattern a 2-3/4" better than the 3". You can also get a variety of loads in each length. The lighter the loads, typically they faster the velocity. There are trade-offs. But you still need good patterns. Just need to figure out what is best for your situation and pattern your gun to see what it likes.

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from deadeyedave08 wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

yes its what u want for bigger game but the smaller shell will work fine for birds

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Del and MLH are correct. Typically 2 3/4 shells will actually have higher velocity than 3 inch loads, especially turkey loads. 3 inch shells don't always pattern better. Try several different loads and choose the one that is more effective.

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from DakotaMan wrote 5 years 6 days ago

There is an advantage provided by the bigger shell. There is more shot in the pattern and therefore typically you can shoot a little farther out and still achieve the same pattern density of the ligher shell. However, in real life, sometimes it is difficult to tell. I shot my 12 gauge along side my best friend who shot a 20 guage. He always shot more ducks or geese than I did. He knew how to hit them and he had a great choke that seemed to give him more range than I had.

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