Turkey loads


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Showman
May 4, 2013, 02:27 PM
Does anyone here have a preferred shotshell for turkey hunting? I like Winchester 2 and 3/4 and 3 inch #5. I also like Federal 5s and old Remington 2 oz. 5s.

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eastbank
May 4, 2013, 02:52 PM
the old federal strutt-shok is now the new federal turkey thug and my win 1300 turkey gun loves them. 1-7/8 oz 6,s put 300-310 #6,s in a 10x10 paper square at 30yds. and they are around 10.00 dollars for 10,eastbank.

kbbailey
May 4, 2013, 03:10 PM
I just finished some pattern experiments with 4s vs 6s in my b/p sxs. I found too many holes in my pattern with the 4s. Even though I prefer the heavier shot for breaking bones and penetrating feathers....I had to load the 6s b/c of the better patterns. I wish that I had some 5s to try, that may be a good compromise.

natman
May 4, 2013, 03:37 PM
I've had excellent results with the 12 ga 3" #4 2oz Winchester:

http://www.winchester.com/Products/shotshell-ammunition/Advanced/Double-X/Pages/X123MXCT4.aspx

Every time I've used it it's been one shot, one dead turkey, 27 times in a row so far. Here's some interesting reading on the subject:

http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/turkey_loads.htm

jmr40
May 5, 2013, 08:00 AM
Does anyone here have a preferred shotshell for turkey hunting? I like Winchester 2 and 3/4 and 3 inch #5. I also like Federal 5s and old Remington 2 oz. 5s.

I use the same Winchesters as you. I think the #5's are a good compromise between pellet count and pellet size.

Mobuck
May 6, 2013, 08:02 AM
The Winchester 2oz #4 put a lot of turkeys in the grass for me. Longest DRT shot from my customized 870 was 53 yards. The one last week was 46 yards.
A smaller guy like myself may get tipped over backward unless he's got some back support.

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