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PostSubject: Shotgun question   September 20th 2014, 9:20 pm

Guys, we are looking at adding another 12g or 20g to the collection since grouse hunting was so awesome.

Question: Can a 3" chamber also use the 2 3/4" shells?

We're either looking for pump action or semi auto.


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PostSubject: Re: Shotgun question   September 20th 2014, 10:07 pm

A 2 3/4" shell will function in a 3"
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PostSubject: Re: Shotgun question   September 21st 2014, 1:47 am

Yep I would second that SB....it's like shooting .38's in a .357mag
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PostSubject: Re: Shotgun question   September 21st 2014, 7:38 am

My 870 WING MASTER chambers 2 3/4's, 3's. I'll have to check but I think it handles the 3.5" as well scratch

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PostSubject: Re: Shotgun question   September 21st 2014, 8:08 am

It has to specifically state that it has a 3 1/2" chamber to safely handle the biggies.

Unless you plan on hunting geese, there is no need for a 3 1/2" chambered shotgun. My 870 super express (or whatever name they gave it) had a lot of fired shells sticking in the chamber until I polished the chamber. The 870 Express models are made without quality control and are a lot cheaper. An 870 "Wingmaster" is a jewel but costs over $100 more.

If you want to hunt upland game, a pump or auto (pumps are more reliable) in 20 gauge is the ticket. They are quick handling, lighter weight and kill just fine ... IF you are a decent shot with a scattergun. The shells are lighter too .. good for the high country. 

I quit using my 12 ga. shotguns about 3 years ago when I got a Remington 3" chambered 11-87 auto in 20 ga. I shoot ducks with it and turkeys too.

These were all taken with a 20 gauge:








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PostSubject: Re: Shotgun question   September 21st 2014, 9:19 am

I have a 12 gauge Remington Model 1100 chambered for 3" magnums.  While it easily shoots factory 2 3/4" shells, I need to remember when reloading shot shells to put a heavy-enough powder charge in it to eject the spent shell.  If you are looking to grouse hunt, I'd go with the scatter of a 12 gauge and the quickness of a semi-auto for that second shot.
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