2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by sman » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:25 pm

I shoot 3" #6 if I'm hunting woods. 3.5" Mag Blend if I'm hunting field birds.
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by Brock Herrington » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:14 am

sman wrote:I shoot 3" #6 if I'm hunting woods. 3.5" Mag Blend if I'm hunting field birds.

What's the reasoning behind not shooting 3.5" in the woods as well? Truly, I've never owned a 3.5" so I'm just asking to learn.
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by paboxcall » Mon Dec 15, 2014 12:39 pm

My 1300 is chambered for 3", and my H&R single is chambered for 3.5". I tried the 3.5" shells when they first became popular many years ago, was black and blue across my chest and right arm after four shells.

That is completely unnecessary to take a gobbler, makes patterning new chokes miserable, so 3" Hevi in #7 only for me.

3" is more than adequate to get the job done.
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by Treerooster » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:15 pm

What length of shell a hunter chooses largely depends on how far he wants to kill a turkey.

For the most part the longer the shell...the more shot in the shell...and the longer that shell will hold a killing pattern.

That isn't always the case though as some gun/choke/shell combos produce patterns that hold together longer with less shot. There are many other variables as well, type & sixe of shot, FPS etc. The only way to tell for sure is to pattern a combo. You can start with suggestions of what works for others in a like gun, but you still have to pattern to see what you have.

With todays shells & chokes its fairly easy to get a 40 yard killing pattern. If you want to reach out farther, then you will probably be spending some time and money trying various shells and chokes. Then you have to hope the manufacturer doesn't quit making the shell you use or buy up a good supply of it. :D

I have read where some guys want to shoot a turkey at such far range they question how much a pattern will drop at such & such a range. :shock: Whatever blows your skirt up I guess.


For me I want to kill a turkey at 40 yards and have my kill pattern to be good to 45 in case I misjudge distance a little, I shoot 3in Win XR #6 shot in my Encore with a .670 Carlson and it is good to about 50 yards. A little more than I need, but I ain't fixing what ain't broke.
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by Grant » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:06 pm

Katie and I both shoot 3.5 out of the maxus. It slings them like a red ryder. Nice and smooth. No kick to speak of. I need to look back at patterns, but I'm not sure the 3.5 gave more hits in 10" but it allowed more room for error outside the 10" if I remember correctly.
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Post by Grant » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:07 pm

and 3.5 mag blends are insane. Almost like that little 20ga TSS load Jamie gave me. That thing was a canon. Need more please
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by goblr77 » Wed Jan 28, 2015 2:56 pm

When choked correctly, the heavier payload 3.5" shells will pattern better than lighter payload 3" shells 99.9% of the time. When I'm shooting a 12ga, I'm running Hevi 3.5", 2.25 oz #6, #7, or Mag Blends in it. Recoil doesn't matter when a gobbler steps out in front of it.
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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by ShortSpurs » Wed Jan 28, 2015 6:43 pm

My Rem. SM 12 ga. has a 3.5" chamber. I have used 3" Win. #5s for a few years. Last year I tried the 3.5" #5 Long beard loads and they might be a little more even pattern, maybe :shock: !

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Re: 2.75 inch, 3 inch, or 3.5 inch shells?

Post by hawglips » Sat Feb 07, 2015 7:06 am

It's not the length of the shell, but what's in it that really matters. A 2-3/4" shell in 28 ga will outshoot a 3.5" shell in the 12 ga, depending on what it's loaded with.

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