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Author Topic: 12 g Shell Length  (Read 85 times)

Offline CarrieZ

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12 g Shell Length
« on: February 25, 2019, 10:34:53 AM »
Hey guys! I probably have what is a very newby stupid question. I'm way smarter about bows than I am firearms, so I figured I'd ask my friends.

I have a slug gun that I'm looking to buy a new barrel for so I can convert it to 12 gauge shotgun.

Over the years ammunition companies have sent me shells to use or try. So I have a bit of a collection going.

Of the 12 gauge, some say 3", some say 2 3/4".

My question is if I get a barrel, how do I know what length will work best? I don't want to jam it up.

I've honestly never really paid attention to the length of my 20 gauge shotshells. So I just want to make sure I buy the right barrel.

Will it matter? As long as the 3-inch fit will the other ones as well?
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Re: 12 g Shell Length
« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2019, 01:02:03 PM »
A barrel that will take 3" shells will also take the 2-3/4" shells, barrel length is a matter of choice just like chokes. Whatever you chose in a barrel, I would make sure that it will accept multiple chokes. The chamber determines the shell lengths you can use. Longer chambers will accept shorter shells. Good Luck
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Re: 12 g Shell Length
« Reply #2 on: February 25, 2019, 01:23:59 PM »
like gut said. especially when it comes to chokes. screw in choke tubes make your gun more versatile

IMO, get the same size barrel(meaning 2 3/4", 3" or 3 1/2") for your bird shot as you have for your slug barrel. that will eliminate any confusion. if you have a barrel that takes 3 1/2" shells, you can shoot the smaller loads out of it. you can always shoot shorter shells, but never shoot bigger shells than the barrel calls for

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Re: 12 g Shell Length
« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2019, 01:28:38 PM »
Carrie, in addition to Gutshots fine advice, I want to ask you to clarify what you're planning to do.  Are you wanting to take a 20 gauge slug gun and put a 12 gauge barrel on it for shotshells?  If so, there will be additional homework required to make sure the receiver and magazine tube are compatible - I suspect most will not be.  I doubt that's what you're doing, but wanted to confirm.
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Re: 12 g Shell Length
« Reply #4 on: February 26, 2019, 06:58:31 AM »
Carrie, in addition to Gutshots fine advice, I want to ask you to clarify what you're planning to do.  Are you wanting to take a 20 gauge slug gun and put a 12 gauge barrel on it for shotshells?  If so, there will be additional homework required to make sure the receiver and magazine tube are compatible - I suspect most will not be.  I doubt that's what you're doing, but wanted to confirm.

Good Point Mad.
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