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Default 3” to 3.5 12gauge

Is it practical to ream a NEF Barrel to 3.5”?
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Nope and it will kick like crazy. I had one of the 3.5 inch turkey guns for a short while and couldn't get rid of it fast enough. It has had 2 different owners since it left me and none of us are recoil shy. It was the worst recoiling gun that I have ever shot including a 460 Weatherby!
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Sure it can be done....but as gpa says they kick like a pissed off mule!!! I am not recoil shy in the least but one shot was enough for me!!

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Had a mossberg 535 plastic stocked 12g chambered for 3.5". First time I fired that thing with 3.5" heavy turkey loads I thought I had been hit by a truck. I unloaded it and handed the rest of the heavy loads to my nephew and started using 2.75 high brass. I cant imagine and have no intention of ever trying one of those loads in a single shot H&R. Make my eyes loose focus just thinking about it.

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I quit shooting 3" in my 835 and it's a heavier gun!

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For all practical purposes a 2&3/4 inch with a ounce and a quarter load will do 83.33% of what the heaviest 3&1/2 in magnum will do. The math is easy 1.25 ounces of shot vs 1.5 ounces of shot at the same velocity. If it's number of shot in the load that excites ya then go to one size smaller shot the game animals will never know the difference.

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I call mine the swamp donkey. It has the lightweight synthetic stocks. I think it weighs like 5 lbs I keep it in the boat and when my buddies think they are tough I let em try the swamp donkey with some 3.5" buckshot. Most of the time the shot is followed by hearing "mother [email protected]#[email protected]#$#"
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I call mine the swamp donkey. It has the lightweight synthetic stocks. I think it weighs like 5 lbs I keep it in the boat and when my buddies think they are tough I let em try the swamp donkey with some 3.5" buckshot. Most of the time the shot is followed by hearing "mother [email protected]#[email protected]#$#"

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I had a Pardner turkey 3.5". Worst recoil I've ever felt with 3.5" turkey loads. Now I use 1 oz. or 1 1/8 oz. #6 out of my 16 gauge to kill turkeys. I do use 3.5" steel shot in my Remington Versa Max but that gun weighs almost 8 lbs. and is a semi auto so it kicks pretty mild.

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My father-in-law gave me one NIB. I thought he liked me?
I opened the buttpad to add some weight.
It was already there, a 7"x 3/4" solid steel cylinder,with no room for more.
Still NIB, I've got plenty of other things to abuse my shoulder!

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