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 Post subject: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 6:27 am 
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Greetings. Can a you use 2 1/2" shotshells in a 3" or 2 3/4" chambered shotgun?

eta: I did find this sgw posting of a Recguns.com posting, so it would seem to be ok(?) to use 2 1/2" loads in a 2 3/4" chamber:
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Most shotgun shells can be had in a variety of lengths; typical lengths for 12 gauge shells are 2-3/4", 3" and 3-1/2". These lengths refer to the fired length of the hull, not the loaded length. There can be significant difference in the power level of different hull lengths in the same gauge. The extra length allows more power and shot be put in the same case. NOTE: It is _very_ important that you use the shell length that you shotgun was designed for or shorter, but nothing longer! If your shotgun is marked 2-3/4" 12 gauge, do _not_ put 3" shells in the gun. However, for instance, if you have a 3-1/2" 12 gauge, you can (generally) use the shorter shells in that shotgun.


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 Post subject: Re: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 8:42 am 
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Yup not a problem....what 2 1/2" shellls are you using and in which gun. The only time I probably wouldn't is if it's modern 2 1/2" shells in an older blackpowder or damascus barreled gun.

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 Post subject: Re: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:07 am 
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Yep, one thing to keep in mind is continued use in a longer chamber will build carbon ahead of the opened shell and before the cones---before going back to an appropriate length shell I would make sure the chamber is clean. Probably no bid deal as with the common 3" chambers found in target guns these days, and the longest shell allowed being 2 3/4 I would bet not many get cleaned as they should-----and probably not many get used again with 3" shells---but it would be a concern of mine.

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 Post subject: Re: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:28 pm 
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TReX300, I was looking at some Kent Cartridges in 2 1/2" through an AYA.

TexasTon, You posted that in another thread if I recall (been busy catching up w/my sgw homework). Do you feel that a dedicated chamber brush would be in order? Any recommendations if so?

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 Post subject: Re: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 3:36 pm 
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A 12 gauge brush with a wrap of Scotchbrite around it does nicely.

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 Post subject: Re: 2 1/2" shotshell loads
PostPosted: Sun Feb 19, 2006 9:02 pm 
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Cool, thanks. Image


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