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#7013649 - 12/27/17 05:16 PM 3.5" vs 3"
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Whats the advantage other than if your skyblasting or its a dedicated goose gun? I know the 3.5" shells are significantly more expensive in most cases.
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#7013663 - 12/27/17 05:35 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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"Whats the advantage"

Your shoulder gets a good workout. Lord know most of us needs the exercise and workouts.

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#7013742 - 12/27/17 06:31 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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Never found the advantage of using 3.5’s, though my guns are chambered for them.

Nice to know that I can shoot them if that’s all I can find on the shelf at Walmart or Academy.
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#7013827 - 12/27/17 07:30 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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I use 2 3/4 all day
Shoot em in the head
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#7013839 - 12/27/17 07:43 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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No advantage
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#7013917 - 12/27/17 08:38 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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You get more pellets towards your target but on the downside more more recoil with 3.5. The added recoil can also prevent some people from making a good follow up shot.

I use 3.5 BB for cranes(they can take a beating)and my shoulder never hurts but my 68 year old dads does.

Shoot 3 rounds off of each at a couple group of birds. If there is a difference in your follow up then the 3" would be the way to go as you would probably not be making the best use out of those more expensive two 3.5 shells.

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Edited by justinxxxz (12/27/17 08:48 PM)

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#7013960 - 12/27/17 08:58 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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Larger pellets means you can't fit as many in the shell. Going to a longer shell gets some of that capacity back.

I only use them on turkeys and cranes. I don't think I need them with smaller shot sizes.

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#7013963 - 12/27/17 09:01 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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No advantage learn to shoot better quite spending money on expensive shells
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#7013968 - 12/27/17 09:04 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: BDB]
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Originally Posted By: BDB
"Whats the advantage"

Your shoulder gets a good workout. Lord know most of us needs the exercise and workouts.


We downed just over 200 snow geese on a conservation hunt, we had extensions longer than our barrels and we were shooting 6-8 3 1/2" shells at every volley, man that was nuts. At the end of the day we would have a small group of geese come through and not one hunter would shoot, hoping the other guys would. We were some hurting hunters. Man I couldn't bare the thought of pulling the trigger again, I just laid there and watched.
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#7013981 - 12/27/17 09:10 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: Simple Searcher]
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Originally Posted By: Simple Searcher
Originally Posted By: BDB
"Whats the advantage"

Your shoulder gets a good workout. Lord know most of us needs the exercise and workouts.


We downed just over 200 snow geese on conservation hunt, we had extensions longer than our barrels and we were shooting 8-10 3 1/2" shells at every volley, man that was nuts. At the end of the day we would have a small group of geese come through and not one hunter would shoot, hoping the other guys would. We were some hurting hunters. Man I couldn't bare the thought of pulling the trigger again, I just laid there and watched.


Sounds like you need some padding...


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#7014163 - 12/27/17 11:03 PM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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Unless you are shooting Snows at extreme ranges there is no need to shoot 3 1/2" shells.

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#7014265 - 12/28/17 06:16 AM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: bentman]
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Originally Posted By: bentman
No advantage


I agree with this, unless you’re primary use is skyblasting cranes and geese.

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#7014286 - 12/28/17 06:49 AM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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#7014327 - 12/28/17 07:26 AM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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I shoot high flying crane with 3" 4 shot and a modified choke, while my buddy misses crane with 3 1/2 bb loads and a kicks high flyer choke. He kills his shoulder and I kill crane, can't see a reason to go bigger even if I went goose hunting.

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#7014380 - 12/28/17 08:23 AM Re: 3.5" vs 3" [Re: rickym]
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Been hunting waterfowl for a lot of years and have only shot a handful of 3.5" shells, usually when I grabbed them out of my buddy's bag. Several of my blind mates have run the gamut of ammo over the last 25 years, including 12 gauge 3.5", 10 gauge 3.5", Hevi-Shot, and several others I don't remember. All eventually came back to 12 gauge 3" rounds. Never saw an increase in kills with any of the bigger shells, and often a decrease (that 10 gauge recoil was BRUTAL).

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