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#1210886 - 03/02/09 06:03 PM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: bogger]
go_okfishin
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#1210959 - 03/02/09 06:25 PM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: go_okfishin]
baller_9
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3" have always patterned better out of my guns. I have always notice that 3.5"s have thrown inconsistant patterns on paper. I would tell someone to shoot both out of their guns and choke and see what patterns better for your set up. But for me its always been 3".
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#1225044 - 03/08/09 10:56 PM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: baller_9]
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depends on the gun, but 3.5 is the better on the longer shot of course. to me it depends on the hunt. if im after that big burd early spring im only shooting 3.5. casual hunt im going to shoot whatever is in my bag. important hunt, big load. but good shot and they all die. good luck.
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#1225163 - 03/09/09 01:10 AM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: ]
medwc
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 Originally Posted By: captain hook
Supposed to be an up close and personal experience where the bird is called down the gun barrel. Please someone explain.


Well,,, that is YOUR "mentality".
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#1225180 - 03/09/09 04:38 AM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: medwc]
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I kilt my first birds many yrs ago with my Grandpa's old Winchester model 12 20 gauge, 2 3/4" high brass 4s. Then went with the 12 gauge with 3" magnum loads number 5s. Now I shoot the Mossberg 835 with the 3 1/2" 5s.
The 3 1/2" will punish you on the range for sure, but they do pattern quite a bit better out of my gun, compared to the 3".

As far as explaining the extra range or firepower. Well, if you hunt turkeys long enuff you'll come to understand that these wary birds are extremely tuff. If you don't break em down they can and will get up and run away. When I pull the trigger I want to be confident the bird goin home with me. I do not shoot at them at 50 yds tho, but that's just me.

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#1225410 - 03/09/09 08:43 AM Re: 3 vs. 3.5 [Re: Game Eye]
Lawrence
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I shoot both 3" and 3-1/2" shells
They both pattern really good out of my two 870's
I know for a fact that if I can get a bird in the 0-40
yard range he's a dead bird.
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