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Old March 18, 2012, 06:47 PM   #1
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marlin goose gun

will the marlin goose gun model 55 handle the pressure on a 3in turkey load?
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Old March 18, 2012, 07:48 PM   #2
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No problemo!

The marlin 55 Goose gun will handle ANY factory .12 gauge load you feed it! As long as it has a 3" chamber that is!
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Old March 18, 2012, 08:04 PM   #3
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Careful with steel or Hevi-Shot through that long full choke...

Large steel, and/or Hevi-shot can, and may, open your choke for you...

Any lead load is fine...Confirm you have a 3" chamber before firing 3" shells...
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Old March 18, 2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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My grandmother had one of those. Seriously. She kept it behind the door of her bedroom, that shotgun stayed there for 40 years that I know about. I never knew her to shoot it, nor clean it other than the dusting that the other items in her bedroom got.

I wonder what happened to it when we cleaned out her house. Probably one of my cousins has it. Good for them. I have my inheritance in memories.
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Old March 19, 2012, 11:39 AM   #5
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FYI: SAAMI uses the same pressure (11,500 psi) standards for 2-3/4 and 3-inch 12-ga guns. With the newer 3-1/2-inch 12-ga mags, the pressure is raised (to 14,000 psi).
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Old March 19, 2012, 12:31 PM   #6
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Not sure what SAAMI pressures have to do with anything...

The suggestions to confirm chamber length on the gun were so that he did not inadvertently fire a 3" shell in a shorter chamber...

At that point, SAAMI specs are meaningless...
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Old March 19, 2012, 06:17 PM   #7
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Not sure what SAAMI pressures have to do with anything...
The OP's question was:
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will the marlin goose gun model 55 handle the pressure on a 3in turkey load? (emphasis added)
He specifically asked about pressure. The question wasn't, Is a 3-inch turkey load appropriate in a Marlin Goose gun, perhaps it should have been.
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Old March 20, 2012, 06:13 AM   #8
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Ah...

I apologize...I do see the point now...

And yes...I do feel that the question should have been 'Will a Marlin Goose Gun handle a 3" shell', and apparently, I interpreted it that way...

AFAIK, the Marlin Model 55 "Goose Gun" only came 36", Full Choke, and clearly stated on the barrel "The Original Marlin Goose Gun 3 Inch Magnum Chamber"...

I have seen some people erroneously call any old Model 55 the 'Goose Gun', and I am pretty sure these originally came with 2 3/4 inch chambers in the early 50's...
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Old March 20, 2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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Salmoneye, I suspect you're correct. I haven't seen one of those long barreled goose guns since the '60s when I was stationed back east (we don't see many geese in my neighborhood). And, I don't have a clue about the barrel markings, I bow to your knowledge.
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Old September 3, 2012, 06:35 AM   #10
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I have a model 55 Goosegun with the 36 inch barrel and full choke, mine has a 3 inch chamber.
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