Question on 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells

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ketch
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Question on 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells

Post by ketch » Thu Dec 22, 2016 3:02 pm

I am looking at getting a fully rifled barrel for my 870. Remington's description of the barrel lists it as accepting 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells. Other places describe the barrel as accepting 3 inch. My question is that as long as the barrel is marked 3 inch, can you also shoot 2 3/4 inch shells.

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Re: Question on 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells

Post by Banshee » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:53 pm

Yes sir you can fire 2-3/4 inch slugs in a 3 inch barrel
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Re: Question on 2 3/4 and 3 inch shells

Post by Synchronizor » Tue Dec 27, 2016 9:26 am

A shotgun's chamber length identifies the maximum shell length that can be safely fired in it. Anything shorter is fine, since standard shotshells are essentially straight-walled, and headspace on their rims.

This video explains shell & chamber length in detail.

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