November 21st, 2007 06:39 PM
Federal shotgunshells longer than remington?
I picked up some Federal "tactical" buckshot 2 3/4" mags. To my surprise I could not fit them all in my winchester defender - which easily takes 7 Remington 2 3/4" buckshot shells. Upon examination the federal shells do look longer. What gives? This is my only shotgun so I'm pretty clueless. Thanks!
November 21st, 2007 06:48 PM
Is the shell longer or just the brass? If it is 2 3/4", it should work. Have you measured the shell itself?
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November 21st, 2007 07:02 PM
Never noticed a difference. Got a set of calipers?
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November 21st, 2007 08:04 PM
Did you try slamming it really hard?
Just kidding. Sounds odd...never heard of such a thing. Maybe it was a bad run? Let us know when you find out.
November 21st, 2007 08:19 PM
Use calipers to check length but I'll be surprised if there is a significant difference. If tho a round is over long and so out of spec ... contact manufacturer and complain .... tolerances should be quite strict.
However, just a chance the case base metal is a shade less sized on the tight rounds - like a reload that has not been properly sized and came out of another gun chamber - too fat at the base.
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November 21st, 2007 11:51 PM
"The linear dimension used to identify a particular shotshell refers to the length of its fired case and not that of the loaded round.
Actual length will vary slightly among various brands of shells, but those designated as 2 3/4 inches usually measure around 2 5/16 inches before firing and 2 5/8 to 2 11/16 inches after firing.
Three-inch shells usually measure from 2 1/2 to 2 5/8 inches before firing and lengthen to just under three inches when fired. "
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November 22nd, 2007 01:24 AM
Not sure if this helps but
I know that a bunch of Remmington 9mm rounds that I have are shorter than the winchester brand. Not enough to affect reliability just enough to mess with my mind... I wouldnt be surprised if their shotgun shells were a bit off too.
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November 22nd, 2007 10:48 AM
Think of it as "different" instead of "off" and you'll feel better. There is a range of acceptable overall lengths - as long as they are reliable in your gun its nothing to worry about. There's a lot of science that goes into it all - bullet weight, powder burn rate, powder volume, case volume, chamber pressure, barrel length - lots more too but it all effects the final result. Since everyone develops their stuff separately they all get different solutions that work.
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