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Old 08-07-2012, 05:10 AM   #1
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So I inherited an old .410 break action shotgun from my grandpa. It says on the barrel it shoots 3" long shells. However once I accidentally bought 2 1/2" shells and fired several through it no problem. So my question is why does the length of a shell matter? Is there an adverse effect I'm unaware of?



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Old 08-07-2012, 05:20 AM   #2
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The barrel is marked with the chamber length. It will fit up to a 3" shell, but you can shoot under that just fine. Just don't try to cram anything bigger than the 3".



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The earliest "410" shells were .44 Extra Long shot cartridges. Then 2 inch paper, then 2.5 inch, and later, 3 inch. Longer rounds have more power, more shot. As said, with a shotshell, it is the MAX length you can shoot. SOME autoloaders will not cycle the shorter shells. For yours, no problem.

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From what I've read, the 2.5" birdshot loads pattern better than the 3".
I like 410's and keep one handy when out working here at the farm (for snakes and such).
I put a sling on my single shot so I can carry it and tools at the same time, like when running fence, for example.

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From what I've read, the 2.5" birdshot loads pattern better than the 3".
Better percentage wise, but the 3" will still put more pellets by number on target in my experience.
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You didn't say but I was wondering if that's an old Stevens 410. I learned to quail hunt on my grandpa's old single shot Stevens.

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I gave my old stevens 410 sxs to my daughter recently. Love that gun. I will miss it if I get the chance to go squirel hunting while the leaves are still on the trees.

I've shot clays with it plenty of times, seems like the 2.5" shells break just as many as the 3".

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My dad has the old shotgun now and someday he'll hand it down to me. I've got a lot of fond memories of that old gun and knocked down quite a few quail with it to boot. Grandpa had an old .16 gauge Stevens too.

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From what I've read, the 2.5" birdshot loads pattern better than the 3".
I like 410's and keep one handy when out working here at the farm (for snakes and such).
I put a sling on my single shot so I can carry it and tools at the same time, like when running fence, for example.
On your newer .410`s the 3in. patterns better............
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So I inherited an old .410 break action shotgun from my grandpa. It says on the barrel it shoots 3" long shells. However once I accidentally bought 2 1/2" shells and fired several through it no problem. So my question is why does the length of a shell matter? Is there an adverse effect I'm unaware of?
From what I've seen the only real difference is cost. I'd shoot the 2 1/2's all day over just being able to shoot a few 3's. But then I reload so I don't really pay attention to cost.


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