By definition more pellets at the same speed is more power. E = m v v. M being mass.
The point of 3.5" shells isnt to get hits where a 3" shell wouldve missed due to lead. The point of a 3.5" shell is to get a denser pattern so that you can either: (a)take a slightly further shot. Or (b) run a more open choke and make your same-distance shot a little easier.When you shoot a pattern, the gun barrel is stationary. When shooting at live birds the gun barrel "should" be moving. Going to longer shells can ONLY add shot to the back end of the shot string. I am quite certain that the majority of missed shots are behind the bird. Adding more shot to the back end of the shot string will never correct the majority of misses.
I will also add that not not all 3.5 inch shells are the same: with the right size shot pellets (being that larger pellets take up more space with the same weight) you can find/achieve a "slower" not so hot (less recoil) load with more pellets on target that wont kick your @ss.The point of 3.5" shells isnt to get hits where a 3" shell wouldve missed due to lead. The point of a 3.5" shell is to get a denser pattern so that you can either: (a)take a slightly further shot. Or (b) run a more open choke and make your same-distance shot a little easier.
Yes, The barrel is moving, but the whole wad and shot payload is moving together as one solid mass until the wad opens. The shot string isnt necessarily going to be any longer with 3.5" shells.
If you're a bad shot, you'll miss all day with any length shells, but if you're a good shot, a 3.5" shell will let you take slightly longer shots. Emphasis on 'slightly'.
I'd just go with the SB3. The cost is within 300-400 bucks, and its nice to have the option for big shells if you ever want it.Getting ready to purchase a new shotgun. I've pretty much decided on a Benelli. Just looking for some opinions and thoughts on the M2 vs the SBE 3? Besides the 3" vs 3.5" is there much difference in these guns? I put this post in the waterfowl forum because 90% of the time this gun will be used for waterfowl hunting.
Good luck!Thanks everyone for the input. My needs for 3 1/2 shells are far and few between. I spent a few days kicking it around after shouldering both guns. In the end the SBE 3 just felt better. I would highly recommend checking out Schanz supply in Otsego. His prices blew everyone out of the water. He has great prices on shotgun ammo to and he had a lot to select from.
Time to do a little shooting and get ready for Southern Illinois snow goose in February.