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I always read (on this site and elsewhere) about the merits of various rifle actions, including strength, safety in terms of gas escape if a case rupture occurs, etc. However, I don't think I have ever read anything about shotgun actions. If someone knows of a specific shotgun forum I should pose this question at, please let me know.

I have a Browning Citori over-under, a Benelli Field 90 auto, a Remington 870 pump, and an Ithaca 37 pump. All these are newer guns (no more than 7 years old). What is the safest action in terms of strength and gas escape in case of rupture?
 

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I'm not aware of any special considerations give to escaping gases in shotguns. The pressures are usually in the 10,800 LUP or lower range. Far lower than the 50,000-65,000 CUP/PSI of rifles.

I remember one case head separtion of a factory Federal case in a Remington 3200 many years ago. I wasn't even aware it happed until I opened the action.

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