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Ammo
« on: April 01, 2018, 07:44:20 PM »
Getting in on turkey for the first time this season. What loads do you recommend I use? Thanks!
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Re: Ammo
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 08:14:48 PM »
Really it is hard to say.   What I use 5 shot Remington super turkey load in 3".    This may not pattern well in your gun.   All shotguns pattern differently even us ing the same ammo.  4,5,or 6 shot is best if your gun shots 3" go ahead even 3 1/2.  There is some new ammo or there that users multiple size shot and some non toxic stuff to.   I tell everyone use what patterns best in your gun.

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 08:31:13 PM »
Exactly as Russ has stated.
Every gun/choke tube/ammo can be different. A lot of guys including my dad use Winchester LongBeard XR. Federal turkey loads are good as well.
What gun and choke are you planning on shooting?



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Re: Ammo
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2018, 05:18:24 AM »
Exactly as Russ has stated.
Every gun/choke tube/ammo can be different. A lot of guys including my dad use Winchester LongBeard XR. Federal turkey loads are good as well.
What gun and choke are you planning on shooting?



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I forgot to add i have shot all of these to add had success.

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2018, 10:26:18 AM »
Buy a box of shells and pattern a shot or two.  If it works, there you go!

I personally only shoot non-toxic so that has drastically reduced my options but if you're not a weirdo like me, there is a lot to choose from.

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2018, 10:46:42 AM »
I use the Federal Premium turkey loads.   Size 6 shot.



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Re: Ammo
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2018, 12:18:38 PM »
Buy a box of shells and pattern a shot or two.  If it works, there you go!

I personally only shoot non-toxic so that has drastically reduced my options but if you're not a weirdo like me, there is a lot to choose from.

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What non toxic are ya shooting?


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Re: Ammo
« Reply #7 on: April 02, 2018, 12:39:23 PM »
Hevi Shot. :tup:

Spendy... but I finally asked myself how many shots I planned on taking during turkey season  :chuckle:

And let's face it - Turkey is the one animal that only an extreme minority of the population can hunt and still beat supermarket prices per lb.

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #8 on: April 02, 2018, 08:43:04 PM »
Iím shooting TSS #9ís this season. Itís turkey hunting and my passion so it doesnít matter to me what I spend.


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Re: Ammo
« Reply #9 on: April 03, 2018, 05:26:30 AM »
Iím still curious about those.  Do they lose kinetic energy over distance?  I mean obviously they do but last year both my turkeys were 50 yard shots.  Just curious if any #9 could do that. 

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #10 on: April 03, 2018, 06:33:06 PM »
Oh yes even with the 20ga people are whacking birds at over 50 yards. Most guys shooting the .410 are killing birds at 40 yards.


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Re: Ammo
« Reply #11 on: April 05, 2018, 10:48:48 AM »
I'm running Winchester Longbeard XR #5 with a Carlson Longbeard choke.  Pattern is the size of pie plate at 30 yards.  Papers well out to 60 but plan on keeping it inside 40. 

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2018, 02:18:08 PM »
Hevishot Reduced Recoil Magnum Blend for my daughter.  It is a mix of #5, #6, and #7 shot
Hevishot Hevi-13 Magnum for me

They patterned great out of a mossberg 590 with the hevishot choke.  Destroyed two tom's last year with a 20 yard and 45 yard shot.  This will be my second year using them.  After rebate it is still around $4 a load, but after my daughters bird came back to life a couple years ago, I made the switch.
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Re: Ammo
« Reply #13 on: April 05, 2018, 11:29:09 PM »
Hevi-shot magnum blend. I have a Remington 870 and my brother has a Mossberg 500. We went to the range one day years back and shot all of the different turkey loads and the Hevi-shot by far patterned the best for both of us. It's not cheap, but it's worth it and we've killed a lot of turkeys using it. I wouldn't use any other ammo.

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Re: Ammo
« Reply #14 on: April 06, 2018, 01:18:56 AM »
I've killed every turkey I have shot at with copper plated lead.  I usually use #5.  I guess I did miss one, once, when a friend's reload squibbed on me....  Just keep to a reasonable range, more fun to call them in closer and you don't need expensive ammo.   :twocents: