View Full Version : which shotgun shoots 2 3/4 walmart shells?

May 28, 2012, 08:03 AM
which semi-auto shoots the 2 3/4 walmart shells without jamming?

Willie Lowman
May 28, 2012, 08:15 AM
I had a Benelli M2 that would shoot them all day without any malfunctions.

Of all the guns I have sold or traded that and my 03-A3 are the only ones I wish I could get back.

May 28, 2012, 11:51 AM
Well, I have never seen any WalMart brand shotgun shells. They do sell several brands. The Winchester Universals with the steel (silver colored) heads are the ones that give the most problems it seems. The Expresses get the most bad press, probably because there are more of them, but I have seen plenty of Mossbergs, and even a BPS being beat on the ground with those shells. The steel expands and doesn't bounce back the same way, and they may be slightly oversized to begin with. They can also give semis fits, but all my 1100s eat them even if they do rip the heads on many ejecting them.
Any gun with a really smooth chamber should be okay, and if your chamber is rough, you can likely fix it by honing it. Sometimes wrapping steel wool around a bore brush and burnishing it will do, but honing will fix it.

May 28, 2012, 12:12 PM
Rem 1100, Beretta 390, 391, and Xplor, Benellis, and others all work well with those shells

May 28, 2012, 02:19 PM
My only auto-loader is a Remington 1100-T and it's never had any problems with the factory loads I've tried.

May 28, 2012, 02:43 PM
My not-broken-in 870 jammed up this weekend using cheap value pack ammo after shooting enough for it to get warm. Finally seized up to the point I had to prop the gun on my leg and use both hands to move the slide. Pinched my palm between the slide and the receiver. Removed some skin and ended shooting day. Next time Ill just let it cool.

I think its a combo of the new gun and cheap aluminum (Federal) as had not happened up to this point with about 30 quality buckshot or slugs.

May 28, 2012, 04:35 PM
My not-broken-in 870

You shouldn't have to break in a pump gun. If you are shooting the Express, there are more than a few reports of rough chambers which need some polishing

I prefer the Federal Target loads from wally world (the ones in the blue boxes) because I prefer a lighter 1oz load over a shoulder thumping 1-1/8 load, but none have ever had any issues with firing or extraction from any gun I have used.

As to barrel heat, a mere two shots will make the barrel warm and 4 within a minute will make it too hot to hold - if you are shooting more and faster than that, you might want to slow down just a little so as not to burn yourself

May 28, 2012, 04:46 PM
or get a heat shield. :eek:

May 28, 2012, 05:53 PM
My Mossberg 535 shoots it fine. So will my sons Mossberg 500

May 29, 2012, 06:22 PM
My A-5 has never jammed, no matter what I feed it. Garbage Federal Game Loads or high-end Remington Nitro Steel.

.300 Weatherby Mag
May 30, 2012, 12:10 AM
My 870s will eaten them all day long... I just get tired of cleaning out all the grime they leave in every part of the gun... Haven't bought any of the Walmart value pack shells in three years...

May 30, 2012, 02:07 PM
I will occasionally have a guest at my club ....that will buy some shells to use when I invite them out to shoot - to be used in my guns ... from Kmart, WalMart or wherever....in their promotional packs....and they all seem to be fine in 12ga or 20ga ...in my Benelli semi-autos, my Browning pumps, or any of my Over Unders...

most of the promotional packs of shells I've seen are Winchester branded...but shells by Estate, or Rio, or Rem Gun Club ( for cheaper throw away hulls )...are fine as well....

May 30, 2012, 03:07 PM
I've never had any gun not shoot any of the budget loads sold at Walmart made by either Winchester, Federal, or Remington.

Guns used include Remington 1100's, 11-87's, 870's, Browning BPS, Benelli Nova and M-1, Beretta 390, Stoeger 2000, and Mossberg 500's and 9200's.

May 31, 2012, 08:43 AM
first of all, Walmart doesn't make shotgun shells. They sell mostly 4 packs of Remington, Winchester or Federal target loads in either 12 or 20 gauge. I've been buying them over 15 years now and never had a hitch on any of the multiple guns I've owned over the same period of time...

May 31, 2012, 10:27 AM
Your question is a bit vague considering the many different types/brands of shotgun shells Walmart carries.

Have never had any issue's in any shotgun shell's bought at 'big box' stores out of my semi auto's...

...Course, if your shooting a shotgun that prefers a more potent load, you could experience issue's with target loads of any brand.

Have you had issue's with your shotgun???

May 31, 2012, 10:33 AM
My 11-87 Supermag would not shoot the cheaper Federal and Winchesters, malfunctioning about every third round. My Maxus has done perfect with them so far and an 1100 Magnum that has a 2 3/4" barrel on it has also done very well.

May 31, 2012, 11:40 AM
Didn't know Walmart made ammo!

All kidding aside, All 4 of my 12ga shotguns(mossy 835 and 500, Benelli Nova, and the old side by side) eat any of the name brand ammo that WallyWorld sells (Remington, Winchester, Federal) and I've never had any issues with ammo purchased there, and I've been doing that for years. Never had issues while reloading them either.

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June 28, 2012, 06:05 PM
does any one know if a Higgins auto loader 12 will shoot the wallmart fed in the big box with out loading issues?

June 28, 2012, 08:17 PM
Like others have said, while a new gunshould not need it, the 870 Express will often jamb until it gets warn in. More so with the Winchester value packs from WalMart, but sometimes with the Federal. Mine did and the quick fix is to polish the chamber with some fine steel wool. Here is a link to how to do this. http://www.aiptactical.com/Page_2.html

If that doesn't work, google AIP Tactical, look under install and cleaning, and then under new barrels.

That should fix it.

June 28, 2012, 09:52 PM
My mossberg 930 has yet to malfunction in any way, with any rounds from walmart. Shoots them all just fine

June 28, 2012, 10:21 PM
I'm with Scorch, my 103 year old Remington Autoloader will eat anything it's fed and want more. Hell it's more reliable than my 10 year old Browning Gold hunter.

June 29, 2012, 01:19 AM
My beretta semi functions great with them!!!

June 29, 2012, 09:21 AM
Springfield 745B

June 30, 2012, 04:45 PM
The old higgins auto I just got for the wife doesn't like the blue bulk box shells. It shot the first one fine then loaded a live second with the spent one still chambered, the bolt is stuck and the shop told me to bring it back and they'll make it right.

June 30, 2012, 05:51 PM
landlord, What is the manufacturer and gauge, DRAM, veocity, and shot load of those shells? Is the hull blue or is that the color of the box?

June 30, 2012, 07:26 PM
my prior statement was a little wrong, they were not the blue box. they in fact Winchester target and game load, 12. 2 3/4, 1200 fps, 1 1/8, 8 shot lead.

June 30, 2012, 09:01 PM
If a shell is going to jam in the chamber, that is the one reportedly most likely to do it; WallMart Winchester value pak. Especially on new Remington 870 pumps. They tend to have rough chamber walls. Your old JC Higgins may need to have its chamber polished/cleaned.

If the dealer that sold it to you said he will make it rigth let him. There may be something else the gun needs like a sping or a gas seal. If that doesn't do the trick, here are instructions to polish the chamber. I assume your gun has a removable barrel. http://www.aiptactical.com/Page_2.html Look at the instructions for cleaning a new barrel.

I would avoid those Winchester Value Paks from WalMart and use the Federal value paks sold by there.

July 4, 2012, 06:56 PM
update on the higgins
gunsmith did a complete cleaning of the gas system and replaced the recoil springs at no cost. now it will shot win supper speed shells fine but still proffers high brass, that means it wont get shot to much till I can get a good stock up going.

July 11, 2012, 01:18 PM
You shouldn't have to break in a pump gun. If you are shooting the Express, there are more than a few reports of rough chambers which need some polishing

Update. I used the steel-wool-over-an-old-bore-brush-on-a-drill-running-in-the-chamber polishing method. Next range trip, I shot over 60 Fed Birdshot, 10 Winchester buck, and 10 Win slugs. Not one lock up.

July 12, 2012, 02:54 AM
My 870 and 1100 have not had problems with any shell purchased at WalMart. Or any place else for that matter...

July 12, 2012, 08:33 AM
More Wal-Mart paranoia.
Add it to the list with WD-40, Pay Pal, Ebay, Google and the full moon.

July 12, 2012, 08:58 AM
Shot thousands of Walmarts Winchester Universals through my Remington 1100 without a hiccup.

July 13, 2012, 12:55 PM
My 870 Express, Police, and Marine Magnum eat up all Wally World rounds. That said, on the Express and Police I polished the chamber with steel wool before shooting them. It does seem to help with extraction.

July 13, 2012, 01:07 PM
...but I frequently buy shotgun shells for stocking up and shooting at Walmart.

The Winchester brand "Super X" 15 round boxes of both 00 Buck and Rifled Slugs are best values IMHO, and the 100 round "Value Packs" of bulk birdshot, 7, 7 1/2, and 8 shots, are my staple shotgun shell packs. They come in a large box of 4 25-rd boxes inside, and are great.

Let the record reflect I have Mossberg 930 SPX. And it's never ever even once had a malfunction.

July 13, 2012, 08:06 PM
I've put about 300 rounds of the wal-mart stuff through my Moss 500 without a problem.

July 13, 2012, 08:52 PM
Not sure what you mean by "Walmart shells"

Wally world has three different 4-packs of ammo (at least here) - Federal, Remington, and Winchester - the Winchester Universals are the crappiest promo ammo ever made and their Super Speeds are close behind.

IIRC, one of them, if not both, uses Cheddite hulls and maybe loaded who knows where - but they use the cheapest components possible to meet a certain price point. These are NOT exclusive to wally world, but they are the same cheap promo loads for folks who want to bust some pasture clays or milk jugs in the backyard - and for that, IF you can get them to work in your gun, then all is well

July 13, 2012, 08:57 PM
dupe post

July 14, 2012, 12:03 AM
I've never had any gun not shoot any of the budget loads sold at Walmart made by either Winchester, Federal, or Remington.

Back 10-15 years ago the cheap Winchester stuff was so poorly constructed that I had problems with it fitting into the chamber of a Stevens 511, never mind getting it to eject.

Don't know if they ever fixed the problems because I haven't bought any Winchester shotgun shells since then. No reason to when the Remington and Federal stuff is just as cheap and works without any problems.

July 14, 2012, 06:26 AM
Ive had problems with Winchester Universals in gas autoloaders. I dont know what powder they used but it really gums up the gas system. The Berettas will usually keep shooting. Ive had several 1100's puke on that stuff. Nothing is quite as much fun as tearing one of my shooters guns down to clean the gas system 3/4 of the way through a match.

July 14, 2012, 03:25 PM
I have a Winchester SX3 that shoots all the 2 3/4" bird shot I buy from Wally World just fine.