Yes, you can.
You can fire 2 and 3/4 inch shells in a shotgun chambered for 3 inch shells. There is no 3 and 3/4 inch shell made.
The barrel may be able to be fitted however the shotgun would still be limited to 2-3/4" shells. A longer stroke of the bolt is required when shooting the 3" magnum shells which requires a different receiver. Not the best idea.
It should be marked on the barrel or recieiver.
The Western Field model 30 pump action shotgun and the Stevens model 520 shotgun are one and the same firearm.Savage/Stevens made these for Montgomery Wards.The shotgun in question should show that it was chambered for the 12 gauge shotshell.The length of these shotgun shells were 2 3/4in. If your shotgun is not marked,I would have a gunsmith make a quick check of the chambering for you.This will only take a couple of minutes to do.
The barrel should be stamped with the applicable shells that can be shot through the gun. i.e.-( chambered for 2 3/4" and 3" loads)
I am seeking the age of my 410 double barrel shotgun. It came from my grandfather and has the following markings: Springfield Arms Co. Pat Apr 20, 1915 X57709 It has double triggers and is chambered for 2 1/2 shells. Thanks
The length of the chamber in a 2 3/4 inch chambered shotgun is 2 3/4". The longer 3" shotgun shells will not fit in the chamber, being 1/4" too long. You can shoot 2 3/4" shotgun shells, of the correct gauge, in a 3" chambered shotgun.
410 shells only and only what the barrel is marked for.
Yes, shorter shells are no problem.
This is a Browning Auto-5 Shotgun, 16 guage made in 1950. It is chambered for 2 3/4" 16 ga shells
The spec's on what the gun is chambered for will be stamped into the barrel right under the name and model number. If it says 2 1/2" don't try shooting 3" shells in it, it may blow up in your face.