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2.75" shell in a 3.5in chamber? - newbie's question

Discussion in 'Shotguns' started by casio02478, Dec 3, 2007.

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  1. casio02478

    casio02478 Member

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    Ok, here is a really dumb question. I been told that the 2.75" slug have problems and act a bit erratic when shot out of a 3.5" chamber (according to Lightfield), but what about shells? Am I giving up anything when I shoot 2.75" shells out of a 3.5" chamber compared to a 3" chamber? Especially in term of pattern? My guess is no, but I am a newbie at shotgun so please help :confused:.
     
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    Your guess is correct, shooting 2.75" shells in a 3.5" chamber is fine.
    You won't find any degraded patterns.

    I'm not sure why Lightfield says 2.75" slugs out of a 3.5" chamber is bad.
    Maybe it has to do with the longer jump to the forcing cone. In rifles a longer throat (distance to grooves) usually isn't good for accuracy.
     
  3. Pete409

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    You may be giving up a little velocity if any of the chamber gases escape while the pellets/wad are jumping to the forcing cone area. This also probably isn't helping the patterns any. But, from a practical standpoint, the differences would likely be negligible, IMO.
     
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    With slugs this is true because the alignment isn't perfect after the jump. It is close, but it is forced in and the slug's shape can actually change a small amount to fit the forced angle. Like a sizing die does to a large bullet.

    With shot this doesn't matter, because the design is already somewhat erratic to begin with; you are just forcing a pile of bb's with a cup. Small cup imperfection isn't key here as there really is no accuracy anyways, only group size, which the choke takes care of.
     
  5. casio02478

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    New info found

    Thanks for the replies and guidance, I searched around on the Internet a little more and found this on the browning website. It seems to suggest that bigger the difference between the shell size and chamber size the worse the patterns will be. The charts indicates that a 2.75" shell shooting out of a 3" chamber will have an inferior pattern then out of a 2.75" chamber. If this trend continues then the pattern out of a 3.5" chamber will be dramatically poorer or does it level out at some point? Is this true? And what could be the reason? Should I even care? Now I am even more confused then before :confused:. here is the link

    http://www.browning.com/faq/detail.asp?ID=102
     
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    intresting question

    i shoot skeet with 3" chambers and 2 3/4" rounds, as to a lot of people and i don't see any impact, nor have i known any one to suggest it. From a patterning perspect shooting shot there is no difference that I can detect.

    shooting a slug might be different and you'd have to experiment to figure it out. though the differences in the 2 different guns it would take to do this experiment would probably be enought to have some impact as well. So its going to be a really hard question to prove out.
     
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    Which shotgun?

    I can see why 2.75" shell will not be the optimal performer out of the 3.5" chamber. I just want a shotgun for small game, so I think I will stick to 2.75" shells but who still make 2.75" chamber barrels. It looks like all the factory made guns come with 3" chamber barrels? Any suggestions out there? looking for a pump, thanks
     
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