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Shell Size

Postby woody » Wed Dec 10, 2003 9:22 pm

What's the difference between a 3" shell and a 2 3/4" shell besides the obvious size? What's the impact of the two?
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Postby DUKHTR » Thu Dec 11, 2003 8:28 am

I'm not a technician so I cannot give alot of input - in general the difference is 'payload'. I for one pretty much only use 2 3/4", sometimes 3". I have never bothered with the 3 1/2's. I do not see the need for MY style of shooting and certainly the cost is inappropriate. Impact for steel loads, and correct me if I am wrong guys, is basically speed, since steel is so much less dense than lead. Therefore, I go for fast loads. The concept of the 3" and 3 1/2" is to offer more shot with that same level of high velocity.

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Postby noway » Thu Dec 11, 2003 10:04 am

Like what dukhtr describe, the 3" just give syou more capacity in shot and powder to either increase velocity or payload

One little bit of information to know. 3" and longer are considered magnum loads in 12ga and 3.5" in 10ga are considered magnums. To even add more confusion, you can get 2.75" loads in 12ga that are magnums
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Postby woody » Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:02 pm

Thanks for the feedback! :lol:
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Postby redlegged mallard » Thu Dec 11, 2003 2:46 pm

i like to use 3" for geese i have never shot 3.5"i like to shoot 1 shot and BB, and BBB they allways seem to bring em out of the sky, but not like 5 shot lead
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Postby Dogman » Thu Dec 11, 2003 3:03 pm

Like everyone said,more steel helps to make up for less density of steel shot.Steel has less energy at impact then lead so more steel combined with higher FPS rates is needed to do the same job.If you don't mind the extra cost you can use Bismuth shot shells,or maybe even tungsten-iron shot but again thats depending on your budget.
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