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:
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.