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 Post subject: Re: 3" vs. 3.5" Shotgun Shells
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 1:28 pm 
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TheOriginalFlavor wrote:
The 3.5" 12ga shell may have been first developed for steel shot. But SOME turkey hunters sure do take advantage of that extra payload.

Remington Premier Magnum Copper Plated and Buffered #4 2.25oz 3.5" 12ga

Fixed it for you. 3.5" turkey loads don't pattern as well for me as the 3" do (Hevi-Shot).




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 Post subject: Re: 3" vs. 3.5" Shotgun Shells
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:59 pm 
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Shoot what you like but unless you pattern your load and choke at the max distance you are intending to shoot them you are just guessing about your load and choke performance.

Inside of 40 yards, heavier payloads usually do put more pellets in the pattern BUT at 50 yards and longer they don't always put more pellets in the pattern.

It's not how many you start out with it's how many you end up with in the usable 30" pattern that counts!

Here's an article that illistrates that point with turkey loads. Check out the 40 and 50 yard numbers for the Win 3" and 3 1/2" #4 lead and Win 3" and 3 1/2" #5 HD shells.

Good luck.


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 Post subject: Re: re: 3" vs. 3.5" Shotgun Shells
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 6:11 pm 
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Bob_K wrote:
Limited to STEEL only, yes, the 3.5" outperforms the 3" 12 ga.



I think STEEL will be in everyones future, except for shooting clays at the range.


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 Post subject: Re: 3" vs. 3.5" Shotgun Shells
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:44 pm 
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I'm old enough to remember killing ducks with lead and have killed a lot of ducks in my life with steel. Every thing from teal to tundra swans, canvasbacks to giant Canadas in NoDak.

The first 3.5" 12 gauge shell would never have been invented if they had come out the with ultra high speed steel loads in 3" first.

The three inch steel loads with payloads of 1 1/8 ounces and muzzle velocities of 1,550+ fps have left me for want of nothing.


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 Post subject: Re: 3" vs. 3.5" Shotgun Shells
PostPosted: Thu Jan 21, 2010 8:24 pm 
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I use #2 steel in the high-speed load (Kent's Fasteel).




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