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2 3/4" Wingmaster will chamber 3" shells???

Discussion in 'Rifle Discussion' started by Mark W., Oct 15, 2011.

  1. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    I have an older 2 3/4" Wingmaster That is clearly marked on the barrel 2 3/4" yet I just easily cycled a 3" Remington shotgun round.

    Anyone know if I can shoot a 3" shell in this gun?

    And if not is it the Chamber or the action itself that would be the reason?
     
  2. Throckmorton

    Throckmorton Florence,Ore ah gone Well-Known Member

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    absolutely not,there is a 'step' in the chamber that would limit how much the crimp could open up.Higher than normal chamber pressures could get real dangerous.
    The whole action area is too small to allow the shell to feed from the mag tube.
    Please don't do it,ever.!
     
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  3. Mark W.

    Mark W. Silverton, OR Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    To late I put a 3" round in the magazine and cycled it through the gun. As you say the chamber is to short for the case once its opened up and the same thing would cause a problem with ejection. I figured this out right after posting the thread.
     
  4. Gunner3456

    Gunner3456 Salem Well-Known Member

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    FWIW, I prefer 2 3/4" shells. They cost less, don't kick as hard, and the velocity of the pellets is about the same. The real difference is that you get more pellets and more powder to propel them in a 3". For instance, in a 00 buck, depending on brand, you get about 9 balls in a 2 3/4, and about 12 in a 3". 9 is plenty considering they are about the diameter of a .38 special or 9mm. With less kick, you can get back on target faster. For bird hunting, there is a little advantage to putting a few more balls of shot out there, but again there's the cost and the kick, while the fewer pellets are traveling at the same speed, have the same distance, and let you get back on target faster.

    That just MHO.
     
  5. Straight Shooter

    Straight Shooter North Bend OR Active Member

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    Of course a 3" shell will chamber. The shells headspace on the rim and the 2 3/4" chamber has room for the crimp to unfold. That unfolded crimp space is where your closed up 3" shell is going. No room in a 2 3/4" chamber for a 3" shell to open. I also do not believe the ejection port or the bolt travel is long enough to eject a fired 3" shell.
     
  6. HollisOR

    HollisOR Rural OR, South of Dallas Active Member

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    NO don't do it. It will cause excessive pressures. as ^^^ Pointed out. If you get a chance, google what the chamber of a shot gun looks like. There is a forcing cone in the end of the chamber.