3” #8 in 12 guage?

Csinn

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Is there such a thing. We use a lot of number 8 for bird control in the summer. I’ve only been able to find 23/4”. Was hoping maybe to stretch the range a bit with a bit more powder and shot. Or is there a brand in 23/4 that seems to work better? I’ve been very disappointed with Remingtons. Federal seem to do better for us at killing out to 60 yards. Any opinions or info would be appreciated.
 
Your #8 shot is running out of energy before getting to 60 yards. It's too small to get very much penetration at those distances. You need to use larger / heavier shot if you want it to be effective at 60 yards.
Your #8 shot is running out of energy before getting to 60 yards. It's too small to get very much penetration at those distances. You need to use larger / heavier shot if you want it to be effective at 60 yards.
What’s the smallest in 3”? 7?
 
There is a reason they don't make them, at least not with lead shot. They do make some specialized turkey loads shooting 7 and 9 shot made from tungsten that will reportedly kill a turkey at 80 yards. But they are pricey. About $15 every time you pull the trigger.

Hevi-Shot Hevi-18 TSS Turkey Ammo 12 Ga 3 2oz #7 Non-Toxic Tungsten (midwayusa.com)

Some standard 3" turkey loads with #6 shot is probably the closest you'll find. But even that can get expensive and can be tough on the shoulder.

Winchester Super-X Turkey Ammo 12 Ga 3 1-7/8oz #6 Copper Plated Shot (midwayusa.com)


I might experiment with game loads shooting 1 1/4oz of #6 shot. Something similar to this.

Federal Game Load Upland Hi-Brass Ammo 12 Ga 2-3/4 1-1/4oz #7-1/2 Shot (midwayusa.com)

Try using a different choke tube. Maybe even one of the super tight turkey tubes.

If that doesn't work, you'll just have to get closer.
 
The only thing a 3 inch shell brings is more weight in the shot charge and more recoil.. It's not like the difference between a .308 win. and a .300 win mag. Hand loading shot shells will make many things you can't buy. A 10 gauge 3.5 inch shell will probably hold 2.5 ounces of # 8 lead shot. There is load data or recipes for this but that doesn't sound like what you are trying to do. 60 yards is out of range for most people
 
Thanks this has been helpful. Guess I’ll have to shorten the distance a few yards. The 11/8oz will do 50 yards with usually 3-5 birds hit. I’ll just have to use those more as well.
 
I spent a long time looking for small shot in 3" shells and never found any. You probably will have to get someone to reload them for you. There is logic to using a lot of small shot in some situations but not enough demand for it to have shells available.
 
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