Using target loads for long range clays?

My friend and I shoot clay pigeons quite a bit and are fairly accurate. However, we recently got a new shooter that throws them much farther. We were having trouble hitting them with 2-3/4 inch #7-1/2 target loads, so I'm thinking that these shells were not powerful enough to reach the clays (~30-40 yards). I... show more My friend and I shoot clay pigeons quite a bit and are fairly accurate. However, we recently got a new shooter that throws them much farther. We were having trouble hitting them with 2-3/4 inch #7-1/2 target loads, so I'm thinking that these shells were not powerful enough to reach the clays (~30-40 yards). I realize that there were probably a lot that we missed because of accuracy, but would using a 3 inch birdshot improve our range and hit more clays? Using a modified choke 12 ga.
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