#6 lead moving at 1300 feet per second is deadly no matter if it came from a 2 3/4 '' or 3.5 ''. Actually I don't know what the velocity is on the longer shells . I use the 2 3/4 '' and have for the past 5 seasons . But they are beginning to wear on me too . I can't take too much recoil due to my neck . I never did enjoy the kick even when my neck would take it .
The bigger shells have a lot more shot which puts a larger swarm of pellets down range . The idea being that more is better to kill that ol' tom at 40 yards .
I think what actually makes turkeys so hard to kill is the excitement that comes in with the turkey . We prove out the gun on the range to gain confidence in its ability to hold a tight pattern to a given yardage . But when we do this range work we are not all excited or shaking or breathing hard . We tend to be very deliberate , or should be anyway . But when old mountian shaker starts our way with his thunderous gobbles we tend to fall apart ,,,some worse than others . Sitting in an out-of-sorts position as a WILD turkey is marching striaght as us ,,,showing off his tail feathers and gobbling ,,,it's so much to see and without realizing it our head raises ever so slowly off the gunstock . Then that moment seizes us that it's time to shoot and we put the bead of our skyward barrel on the head or neck and jerk the trigger . BOOM! we just shot right over the toms head .
I ain't been in this game all that long . But , the longer I do it the more I enjoy it . I recall the last few birds that died in front of my 3 inch shells . I still recall thinking ,,,,''THIS IS GONNA HURT''