You know I was just thinking is a good thing I got my shoulder hurt last spring during the conservation snow goose hunt. If I hadn't have I would still be shooting 3 1/2 inch magnums. Now as it is, I haven't even fired a 3 inch shell yet this year. All 2 3/4 inch light loads and several 16 and 2 3/4 inch 20 gauge loads. Have I noticed a difference? Hell yes I'm killing more birds, I'm not suffering from recoil, and I'm letting them work more. Plus I'm having fun reloading. Win-win.