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3" or 3.5" Remington 870 ???

Old 01-25-2007, 11:16 AM
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I can remember when we used to kill 'em real dead with 2 3/4" loads....
This country has gone magnum nuts.
You got that right!!!
What was that? I couldn't quite make it out.
That's you'reproblem, there's so many things you quite can't make out!!!
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:24 AM
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Nothing wrong with 3" --- 3 1/2" will go a little further.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:29 AM
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What was that?
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:53 AM
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No Java, a 3 1/2 will NOT go any farther...And with a longer shot column I have seen many 3 1/2s that won't group as well as a 3 inch...
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:10 PM
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You really have to have a need for 3.5 inch shells to buy a gun that will shoot them. Maybe geese that are flying really high. A 3.5 shell willpound you good. Its not worth it to me, but I never hunt geese.

I use light loads 2.75 in, 7 1/2 shot for turkeys. After shooting a 3.5 inchmag I just never found a use for them. Much worse than my 300 WinMag.

I suggest you shoot someone's 12 ga, 3.5 in Mag and see how it goes.
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Old 01-25-2007, 12:13 PM
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There is very little need forthe 3 1/2. I have shot one owned by a friend against my 3 inch Beretta and the only practical differenceI can find is that his kicks worse. Depsite the 3 1/2 inch shells holding a little more shot his gun doesn't pattern nearly as well as mine either. And after shooting high powered turkey loads out of his gun at cardboard targetsjust the thought of pointing that gun straight up and shooting a high powered 3 1/2 inch shell at a duck or a goose makes my shoulder spasm. Ditto on the comments about magnumitis eating up people in this country. I think the need for a 3 1/2 inch shotgun is nothing but marketing hype. Heck, a lot of the really experienced turkey hunters in my neck of the woods are starting to use 20 gauge or even 410 shotguns to hunt turkey because they are lighter more maneuverable and easier to hold steady for long periods while waiting on an old tom to strut into gun range.
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Old 01-26-2007, 06:21 AM
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Thanks for all the help! I think I'll get the 3.5 because it comes in camo. Thanks again!!!
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:47 AM
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If you are a goose hunter, then by all means get the 3.5". If not, waste of wieght and money. Even duck hunters usually don't go with 3.5". And if this is going to be your main goose gun, and you do alot of it, go with the 10Ga instead.
Old 01-26-2007, 02:06 PM
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I too, remember when we killed them with 2 3/4" shells.
We used 1 1/2 oz of copper plated lead. Oh, wait, we can't use
lead anymore.
I use 3 1/2" BB's on Canadas now.
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Old 01-27-2007, 11:32 AM
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More shot for CAN Goose is whatI use them for.
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