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Old July 21, 2013, 04:51 PM   #1
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shotgun question

Been shootin 12 ga shotgun for yrs
Myquestion plus to answer a argument, whats t andhe differant between
A 2 3/4 shell and a 3 1/4 shell.
I use mine 2 3/4 for small game n clays
He uses his for big game

He says his shell size is better I disagree
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Old July 21, 2013, 06:09 PM   #2
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The marked length denotes the chamber length for a fired shell... This means a 3 inch unfired shell can be placed in a 2 3/4 inch gun but should never be fired...

The length difference allows for more shot payload and/or powder...
I have a gun with 3 inch chamber and I think I have fired 5 shells of the 3 inch variety... I always just use the 2 3/4 shells for the last 20 plus years just never needed the bigger shells for anything...

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Old July 21, 2013, 06:25 PM   #3
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Perhaps you mean 3" and 3-1/2" vs. 2-3/4". They hold more shot and usually more powder. Better? Just different. As in "more" (energy in the payload).
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Old July 21, 2013, 08:16 PM   #4
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Better for what? For shooting clays or small game? A waste of money.

For deer hunting I like 3" magnum buckshot loads. But I wouldn't use them to shoot a rabbit.

That's one of the nice things about shotguns. Simply by changing shells (and shot size) you can hunt doves or deer.
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Old July 21, 2013, 08:16 PM   #5
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Yep, the longer shells simply deliver a heavier payload (shot), usually at a little higher velocity, and MUCH more recoil.

Soooooo, if he thinks them "better", then maybe he's just one of those guys that think everything he's got is better. .

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shotgun question

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That's one of the nice things about shotguns. Simply by changing shells (and shot size) you can hunt doves or deer.
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Old July 22, 2013, 07:39 AM   #7
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I think the OP might be talking about ammo that is 2-3/4 dram equivalent versus 3-1/4 dram equivalent as there is no 3-1/4"shell

IF that is the situation, the answer is the 3-1/4 is running about 1250-1300 fps versus about 1145-1200 fps

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Old July 22, 2013, 01:01 PM   #8
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Question is.....

a. does he mean Dram Equivalent ( usually marked on the box as DR EQ )

b. or does he mean the unfired length (that he might have measured )...

c. or does he mean the fired length of a shell corresponding to the chamber size on the barrel...
But what is better for clays and small game ...vs Big Game a pretty bid difference....( I don't think anyone is shooting slugs at clay targets ) ???

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