View Full Version : Basic question on shell length.

March 24, 2006, 09:07 AM
Probably THE most basic question of them all. :) When I used to hunt, I had a single shot 20 gauge, so I don't know much about the functioning of pumps or semi-autos.

I have a Mossberg 500 which I keep loaded with 2 3/4 inch 00 buckshot. My question is this: what's the difference between that and the 3 inch (besides a quarter of an inch)? Will it function just as well in my Mossberg? In theory, could I stagger those two rounds and have them feed just fine?

Thanks for helping me with a dumb question! :)

Dave McC
March 24, 2006, 09:17 AM
The 3" stuff should work. Check your receiver and barrel. At least one should say "for 2 3/4 and 3" shells".

For defensive purposes, 2 3/4" stuff is plenty. The Mags kick more, cost more and don't kill anything deader.

And, the Archives have lots of info.....

March 24, 2006, 10:48 AM
Thanks Dave. :)

Mike Irwin
March 24, 2006, 11:12 AM
Just to drive home a point, 3" shells in a 2 3/4" chamber can be very bad, to the point of bursting the barrel.

March 29, 2006, 05:02 PM
Yikes, those 3" shells about took my shoulder off. Up until now I've only shot the "managed recoil" 00 shells. These.......weren't. :rolleyes: Ouchy.