How do you really feel about the 3 1/2 ?


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By huntorgather - 3/5/2013 8:34:00 AM
Just to stir the pot (albeit a small pot) what is your opinion of the 3 1/2" 12 ?

Some factors to consider: cost of ammo, patterning, kick, effectiveness, quarry, shot size and type, and some I haven't thought about.

Also if you could add some real world experience to the discussion.:Whistling:
By hunter951 - 3/5/2013 9:37:39 AM
I'm not a guy who really notices kick, so that's not a problem. As far as effectiveness, a 3'' is fine for me any day. Cheaper, too.
By houndog - 3/5/2013 9:20:07 PM
Kick doesnt bother me either. If they cost as much as 2 3/4 or 3's, I would probably use them. But I do just fine with what I use. The price is the biggest factor for me. I can stock up on winchester 2 3/4 #4 in August for about 8 - 9 bucks a box at walmart, but when I run out in the middle of the season I will get 3 in #2's. The reason I go to the 3's is for a little bigger shot, and also a little more punch if I get the chance to shoot at some geese.
By Its Me! - 3/7/2013 7:17:06 AM
I like them for geese, or if it comes to a much better pattern than 3" shells in a particular gun.
By NJ217bands - 3/8/2013 11:53:05 AM
I like 3.5" shells for pass shooting geese.
By shellsandskoal - 3/14/2013 8:42:52 AM
if your hunting small waterfowl theres really no reason to spend the money on 3 1/2s but goose hunting, they do wonders and thats the only time i use them
By ESutter - 3/14/2013 1:48:03 PM
How could this be? An online discussion of opinions in which everyone has a valid argument and no one hates anyone else?!

I use them on geese and that's it. I don't think there's any need for anything bigger for ducks, and yes, I spent a bunch of years shooting geese with 3's...just a matter of choice! I found that 3" shells out of my pump feel about the same as 3.5" out of my semi-auto.
By Swamper - 3/15/2013 8:32:58 AM
ballistically speaking, the 3.5 inch shell does only one thing.   it provides a larger amount of shot.  so in a pattern at 30 yards, you can expect more pellets in the target than a smaller shell. contrary to belief, it will not extend the killing range.  the additional powder in the casing is used up to push the heavier load out the barrel.  therefore, any distance one might think would be achieved by the larger shell is lost. 

the 3.5 is no doubt, at the same effective range of the smaller shells, providing a more powerful impact with more shot and therefore a good shell for turks and honkers.