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Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by OzarkGun, Dec 3, 2010.

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  1. OzarkGun

    OzarkGun Member

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    I'm headed out duck hunting next week. I was planning on using a Beretta 390 Extrema (1) that I purchased last year. I just discovered that the gun does not have a plug installed. Without the plug, the magazine holds 5 shells. Can anyone tell me the proper length for the plug? I will be using 3" steel shells. I will probably just use a dowel to make one.

    Thanks for you help

    Jack
     
  2. grnberetcj

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    I use a 390 also and I made my plug from a 3/4" dowel. Mine is approx. 4" (memory only). I started a little longer and kept cutting it down until it would hold only 2, 3" shells. As I normally only shoot 2-3/4" stuff, I made sure that 3 of these would not slide into the magazine thus avoiding the ire of some game warden.

    Hope your season is plentiful.

    Curt - Delaware
     
  3. OzarkGun

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    Curt

    Thanks for the info but I'm confused. My magazine currently holds 5 - 2 3/4" shells (5 x 2.75 = 13.75 internal length). If I want only 2 3" shells, I think I should reduce the size to around 6.5" thus meaning the dowel should be about 7.25".

    This is all hypothetical which means I am probably missing something (I usually do). I am sure the factory makes a plug but I have never seen one.

    Thanks for your help

    Jack
     
  4. grnberetcj

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    Jack...

    Like I said, just going by memory as it's been approx. 10 yrs. since installing the dowel..but I do recall doing the T&E thing until I had right. Didn't take long at all so it was no big deal.

    Curt
     
  5. MIke W.

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    When in a tight spot like alrady at the marsh and realizing I didnt have one in my 11-87, I just used a ball point with the cap on and it worked just fine...

    Mike...
     
  6. Bob Hawkes

    Bob Hawkes Well-Known Member

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    Mike, That's funny. I've never carried a pen in the marsh before.
     
  7. OzarkGun

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    Mike, necessity certainly is the mother of invention!
     
  8. OzarkGun

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    Thanks for the reference. Unfortunately the standard 390 has an un-plugged magazine capacity of 3. That makes the plug fairly short. The 390 Xtrema has an un-plugged capacity of 5. I'm pretty sure the Xtrema plug must be 7-8" long. I'll just start cutting dowels until I get it right.

    Thanks for your help.
    Jack
     
  9. wolfram

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    Measure the unfired length of your shells, I think you will find they are shorter than you are assuming. (a 2 3/4" shell has a maximum fired length of 2 3/4") With this tid bit of knowledge you will be able to measure and cut a plug that will keep you legal.
     
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