Gun nails:Ring Vs smooth shanked


Old 01-25-09, 07:22 PM
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Gun nails:Ring Vs smooth shanked

I recently purchased a Senco 602 nailer. When I checked out the nail selection, I found it rather confusing. There was 3 1/4" smooth shank or 3" ring shank. Why not make 3 plus ring shank? What is the advantage of using one over the other? Why not a 3 1/2" ring shank? Thanks for any input.
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Old 01-26-09, 06:32 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Good gun. Smooth shank nails are used for framing, hence the longer shank. Ring shank nails are used mostly for decking, etc. For most framing, a 3" nail will suffice, anyway. Ring shank nails cost more, but hold alot better, so it depends on you use.
I dedicate my 602 for decking and hot dipped galvanized nails, since they are considerably cheaper than Bostitch
My Bostitch guns are used for framing.
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