Wad Stopper? Super Turkey Barrel?


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Davandron
November 14, 2008, 10:32 PM
Need a little Newbie Help!

On one of the auction sites I found this barrel for sale; can anyone help me understand if this is a super special barrel or more a matter of the choke used? Either way do "wad stopper" chokes (0.090" of constriction!) produce these amazing patterns?

Thanks for helping me understand!!

Here is what the seller posted

Mossberg 500 12ga turkey barrel at 36 inches
1” outside diameter,
0.730 inside diameter,
0.640 5wad stopper sleeve
shoots 7.5 #8s and # 9s
cards were shot with wag #9s at 20 yards

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Dave McCracken
November 14, 2008, 11:37 PM
A turkey shoot barrel.

Card shooters, as these folks are known, will build a custom barrel that concentrates small shot in the center of the pattern.

Patterns consist of a core and a fringe. These are mostly core.

The barrel is useless for anything else.

Davandron
November 15, 2008, 11:41 AM
"Card Shooters" eh? Didn't even know they existed! But now that I do, a Google search shows just what you said:

While [we] primarily specializes in accurate rifles, we also work with shotguns used in "card" or "turkey" shooting competitions. Again, our emphasis is on the best accuracy possible.

Turkey shooting isn't the same as turkey hunting, though the two are related. In modern competition format, shotguns are shot from 100 feet at a paper target, usually a 4-inch square (the "card") or the outline of a turkey head, and the number of holes in the target resulting from a single shot are counted.

So it sounds like the barrel in question is a principle-device; something that evolved for a specific and controlled environment, and less of a practical-device for actual hunting.

Thanks Dave!

pac531
November 16, 2008, 12:23 AM
What site, and how much out of curiousity?

Dave McCracken
November 16, 2008, 09:24 AM
Glad to help....

Ricky B
November 17, 2008, 01:52 AM
Patterns consist of a core and a fringe. These are mostly core.

The barrel is useless for anything else.

Oh, I can think of another use. We can inject turkey shoot barrels into the "Is birdshot suitable for HD?" debates.

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