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Benelli/Stoeger 4th shell

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Has anyone noticed that a fourth shell can be shot through a benelli or stoeger shotgun with the correct 2 shell magazine plug installed? If you insert two into the magazine as normal, one in the chamber, and lay one in the carrier, all four can be shot. Are these guns legal in Minnesota, or will a longer plug need to be installed to limit the magazine to one shell? Any advice, comments, or specifics would be muc appreciated.

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I won't prolly put in a longer plug cuz I got nailed with a fine last year for that reason. wasn't using three shells but the plug thing that they use just goes a touch to far so I got a ticket mad.gif

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I heard that the newer benelli's have had a modification to prevent the 4th shell.

Set the Drag-- Did the CO use that plastic stick thing to push up in the mag tube to measure? Now I'll have to go home and see how many 2 3/4 shells fit. I know at some point in time you could get 2 1/2 inch shells but I haven't seen them comercially. Does anyone know the length of the measureing device that they use?

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yep the plastic tube thing just goes a little to far

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I had a Federal Warden use the plastic thingy on my BPS 10 gauge one year. He said my plug was too short.

I gave him three shells and asked him to see if he could get three in the magazine. He could not, and handed me back my gun with a grin. No ticket issued. He wished me a good hunt and went on his way.

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Believe it or not, it was a warden who first pointed out the Benelli-4-round problem to a guy in our hunting party. Was very nice about it. He wasn't in the field so the tip probably saved him a ticket. Apparently LOTS of people are aware of this and it has been a problem. Comes down to knowing your equiptment.

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I can fit 4 in mine with the plug, but the newer ones do have a modification so you can't pull this off. I believe in 2000 or 2001 they made the change.

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I don't know about Stoeger or the newer Benellis, but I've seen guys with the older ones able to get 4 in the gun. One of them was questioned in the field as the CO was trying to trick him into showing him how to load the 4th shell. After 5 minutes of constantly loading 3 and trying to get the 4th into the magazine, which obviously wouldn't fit, the CO left him alone figuring he either wasn't going to bite or truly didn't know what he was talking about. He didn't get him to bite, as my buddy knew exactly what he was trying to bait him into but played dumb and didn't allow him to. So yes, you can do it with the older guns but don't ever admit that you even know how in the field.

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I have not tried it with the plug but my 04 M2 only holds 3 in the mag without it so I'm pretty sure it will only hold 2 in mag with plug. Kind of a bummer. I'm use to having 5 total when hunting grouse, pheasant and crow.

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I have one of the newer "fixed" versions of the SBE.. i can still get 4 shells in there it just takes a little fanagling.. i dont know for sure how legal it is, i know they cant make you use a plug to limit the magazine to 1 round.. i DO know that i have been checked by federal wardens multiple times and never had a problem so it must be all good grin.gif

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I'm refering to 2 3/4 shells.

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