What size shot do you use for turkeys?

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What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby allaboutshooting » August 3rd, 2009, 1:13 pm

There seems to be a move to smaller and smaller shot sizes by some turkey hunters. I know this subject has been discussed previously but I'm interested to hear your current thoughts.

Have you used or considered using a shot size smaller than #6 for turkeys?

What would cause you to use or consider using a shot size smaller than #6 shot?

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby nhtrkybstr » August 3rd, 2009, 2:08 pm

Hey Clark!

I love #4 shot. I know it does'nt carry the number of pellets downrange, but I love the energy delivered at the point of impact.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby pcgobbler » August 3rd, 2009, 2:20 pm

I love the winchester hi-vel, hi-density 6's.  I shot lead #5's for a number of years and then swithed about 4 years ago to the 6's.  These are the winchester equilivant to hevi-shot.  I have heard that the 6's in the hevi, style shot should be the penetration equilivant to the 5s.  I killed a bird 3 years ago at 51 yards with them, and he never flopped.  I just got a new gun though and I'll have to see how it patterns with these shot,  but in the old 835 with a undertaker hevi-shot tube they work really well.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby eggshell » August 3rd, 2009, 3:11 pm

#5 Remington Heavy shot out of my Browning gold hunter classic Semi auto 12 ga with standard full choke.....no survivors at 40-45 yards, very few AT 50

 I actually backed down from my extended xfull turkey tube to standard full because the #5 heavy shot gave a way more uniform pattern w/lighter choke

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Duke0002 » August 3rd, 2009, 4:41 pm

I've had success with 2 3/4 Win Xpress #5s and Rem Nitros #4s as back up. Haven't had to use the back up. 

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Turkeybuster » August 3rd, 2009, 5:37 pm

Winchester Supreme HTL No. 6# shot. Banser 665 ported choke.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Cut N Run » August 3rd, 2009, 5:59 pm

My turkey gun prefers 2 oz. of #6 Winchester or Federal. That Wright's #2 choke patterns beautifully at normal turkey ranges.  I always test fire bigger shot every year just to prove to myself that 6's are the way to go.  I hesitate to shoot smaller pellets, even if they are heavier than lead.  I think i'll stick to lead as long as long as it is legal.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby singleshot » August 3rd, 2009, 6:47 pm

fioochi golden turkey 3in #5s. don't pattern to bad.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby grizzly » August 3rd, 2009, 9:58 pm

when i started hunting and i was using 2 3/4 in 4 or5 shot, now in my 20 guage it's 3 inch 6 shot i keep my shots 30 yards or under i'm all good never considered any smaller maybe i'm wrong my memory getting a little fussy[8|]  old age i think but was'nt it illegle to use any thing smaller then number six here in n.y[:)] wayne

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby CB on the run » August 4th, 2009, 2:44 am

#2's through #8's are legal in New York.

I currently shoot Federal HTL FC #6's out of my 20ga. and will be patterning the #7's and eventually EM Hevi 13 #7.5 when they hit the market this coming spring.

HTL shot keeps a tighter pattern at longer ranges than lead, is heavier, thus providing effective energy and pellet count needed to cleanly harvest a bird. Choke select is important.

I extended my range from 30 yards with lead, to 35 yards with EM's duck load , to 40 yards(+/-) with the Federal HTL load in a 20ga. Remington.



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