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Speed loading 3in vs 3.5in with 2.75” shells


chadnick
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I am a beginner looking at getting a new 3gun shotgun.  Would it be easier to load a 3.5” shotgun tube fast with 2.75” shells versus a 3” shotgun tube fast with 2.75” shells? I know a lot of it comes down to practicing, but it seems like there would be more room on the 3.5” if the loading port is longer. Thanks for your help.

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Well the tube doesn't care how long the shells are. In general it is harder to get the 3.5" guns to run 3-gun type shells we use reliably, but it can be done. I myself prefer a smaller port, but I don't load like you. Everytime I try a "long" receiver gun I feel like I'm throwing a hotdog down a hallway!

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My first auto shotgun was a benelli SBE (3.5”). I learned to quad load on it - later I switched to an M1 and M2 (both 3”). I tried the SBE again after many years thinking it might be faster to quad load, but I found it didn’t make a difference. That extra space is all back at the back where your thumb is, and your thumb just doesn’t really care about or notice it.

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On 6/18/2020 at 4:22 PM, kurtm said:

In general it is harder to get the 3.5" guns to run 3-gun type shells we use reliably, but it can be done. 

This is true. I run a 3.5" gun, and in order to keep reliability high at matches, I run high brass 100% of the time. Mine will cycle cheap stuff 90% of the time, but 1 failure in 10 during matches is unacceptable. Pheasant loads on the other hand run superb, I can run a more open choke, I can two-fer more often, flip spinners with ease, and normally finish with a slightly sore shoulder...

 

And of you run a 3.5 gun, you have an excuse to being Turkey loads to a match for those dang spinners. 

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