Lethal Longbeard Loads
If you want to anchor those tom turkeys each and every time you tug the trigger on your favorite shotgun, check out these hot, new turkey-centric loads from the best shotshell makers in the business, on display at the 2018 NWTF Convention in Nashville.
Federal Triple Turkey Threat
For 2018, Federal Premium Ammunition has introduced three new turkey loads designed to give Tom Turkey a permanent dirt nap. Here’s a rundown of its triple turkey threat.
Federal Premium announces all-new Grand Slam turkey loads that extend the range and enhance the lethality of lead payloads. The line includes new 10-, 12- and 20-gauge offerings in No. 4, 5 and 6 shot. Grand Slam’s FLITECONTROL FLEX wad system works in both standard and ported turkey chokes, opening from the rear for a controlled release of the payload and extremely consistent patterns. The high-quality copper-plated lead pellets are cushioned with an advanced buffering compound to provide dense patterns and ample energy to crush gobblers.
Federal Premium 3rd Degree has redefined turkey shotshell performance once again with the addition of the FLITECONTROL FLEX wad and upgraded HEAVYWEIGHT TSS shot for extra-dense, high-energy patterns. Shipments are being delivered to dealers.
Rather than simply patterning tightly like conventional loads, 3rd Degree uses a three-stage payload consisting of No. 5 copper-plated lead, No. 6 FLITESTOPPER lead and now No. 7 HEAVYWEIGHT TSS shot to deliver larger, more forgiving patterns at close range, while still providing deadly performance at long distance. The FLITECONTROL FLEX wad system performs through both standard and ported turkey chokes, opening from the rear for full, consistent patterns.
Hunters can now kill gobblers at longer distances than ever before with new HEAVYWEIGHT TSS from Federal Premium. Its payload of No. 7 or 9 HEAVYWEIGHT Tungsten Super Shot provides the highest pellet counts possible — up to double those of lead No. 5 loads of the same weight. The product line includes various 12- and 20-gauge offerings, as well a low-recoil .410 load.
HEAVYWEIGHT TSS pellets have a density of 18 g/cc — 20 percent higher than standard tungsten and 56 percent more than lead. The result is the most penetration energy and the highest velocities at extreme range. Its rear-braking FLITECONTROL FLEX wad performs flawlessly through ported and standard turkey chokes for the most consistent, deadly patterns possible. Note, the .410 load (PTSS419 9) does not feature the FLITECONTROL FLEX wad.
Winchester Xtended Range Bismuth
Winchester Xtended Range Bismuth pairs ShotLok Technology with bismuth shot, resulting in optimum performance for turkey, waterfowl and upland hunting in areas that require lead-free shot. With density greater than steel, bismuth shot offers improved penetration that nears that of standard lead loads. ShotLok Technology is used to protect the bismuth shot from fracturing, which improves pattern density and increases downrange energy, when compared to standard lead loads. Xtended Range Bismuth puts twice the number of pellets in a 20-inch circle at 60 yards as standard shotshell loads.
Browning BXD Turkey Extra Distance
Browning BXD Turkey Extra Distance improves downrange patterns, putting more pellets where they count — the head and neck of a tom turkey. The buffered/nickel-plated shot creates the ideal combination for reducing deformation of shot pellets — leading to tighter patterns, higher velocity retention and deeper penetration.
Remington Nitro Turkey Extended Range
Remington’s flagship turkey load, Nitro Turkey, combines value pricing and lethal performance. It’s loaded with extra-hard lead shot that is as hard and round as copper-plated shot — engineered with top components to deliver lethal penetration on those toughest toms.
Nitro Mag extra hard lead shot.
Patterns over 80 percent with super full choke.
Patterns like copper-plated shot.