One of my newly acquired shotguns specifies 3" shells on the barrel. I have plenty of 2 3/4" shells. Is it safe to shoot 2 3/4" shells through a barrel rated for 3" only?
This is correct. If your barrel is marked 3" you may use either 2 3/4" or 3".I'm sure others will chime in too, but I've always been told that 3" tells you you can shoot either 2 3/4" or 3" shells; there's no such thing as a 3" only (to the best of my knowledge). I've shot 2 3/4" shells in guns chambered for 3" shells pretty much all my life.
The one thing you don't ever want to do is try to shove a 3" shell in a 2 3/4" chamber. That never has a good outcome...
Yep, agreed. You should be fine with 2 3/4" shells. Run a couple of low brass target loads through it and get the feel of it. JMOIt does not "specify" 3" shells. It states that it's chambered for 3" maximum. It will also handle 2 3/4". I've shot 3" Mags. from a lightweight 12 ga. and frankly, it's not pleasant. For home defense, 2 3/4" will definitely get the job done.
hey boomstik--not to veer this thread off topic, but if i may, where do you shoot here in vegas? i've recently taken up trap, and have been going to the clark cty shotgun range. beautiful facility, but it can start to feel pricey after a few rounds. any thoughts on better deals?Do you have a trusted gunsmith you could ask? I take it this is an older gun?