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Old 04-08-2011, 12:50 PM
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Hurricanespg
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You will more than likely get better patterns with the 3.5" shell due to a larger payload.
Of the loads you shot you probably had more pellets in the 3" #6 shell vs the 3.5" #5 shell which would help to explain a better pattern from the 3" shell.
Lastly, the only time I have ever had 3" shells pattern "better" than a 3.5" shell is when the shooter talks about percentage of pattern in a 10" circle vs actual pellets in a 10" cirlcle. Of course you have to compare the same shells to each other, for example Winchester HV 3" 1.75" #6's vs Winchester HV 3.5" 2oz #6's.

Hope that helps.
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