What size shot do you use for turkeys?

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby eggshell » August 4th, 2009, 5:20 am

I am pleased to see so many "Know" what shoots best in their guns. It tells me you all are doing your homework...that equals dead turkeys. 

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby steelheadr » August 4th, 2009, 5:28 am

3 1/2" Fed HeavyWeights #5, 30% heavier than lead gives lots of wallop, 125 pellets in a 10" circle at 40 yds makes for 6 birds down this last spring (3 States) 

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby icdedturkes » August 4th, 2009, 6:34 am

H 12 7's

With the move to heavier than lead shotshells there is no reason to even produce 4s or 5s anymore. Even with PB shot 6s will kill birds at all ethical ranges.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby NMblackgold » August 4th, 2009, 7:01 am

1. no
 
2. A) If it could be demonstrated that sufficient penetration energy could be maintained downrange.
   
    B) If the # of "flyers" you get with smaller shot, compacted in a tight pattern, could be significantly reduced.  

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Bobbyparks » August 4th, 2009, 4:04 pm

I currently shoot #6 Hevi shot which has worked well for me
 
I know some guys that are high on Nitro ammunition in # 7s
 
Prior to the introduction to Hevi shot, I shot 3.5" #4s out of a Mossberg 
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby allaboutshooting » August 4th, 2009, 6:11 pm

I really appreciate all of the comments. Please keep them coming.

Thanks,
Clark
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby icdedturkes » August 4th, 2009, 7:23 pm


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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby wisturkeyhunter » August 5th, 2009, 6:02 am

4's and 5's pattern plenty dense even in a 20 gauge if you find the right load no need for smaller shot.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby allaboutshooting » August 5th, 2009, 6:16 am

I remember when I started hunting turkeys that I did not know anyone who "patterned" their shotguns. Most just went out and tried to shoot a turkey. Fortunately, we've learned over the years to see how our guns/chokes/shotshells work at various distances. That's a very good thing for us and for the sport.

It's very heartening to read that folks here know what works for them. That, in the final analysis, is what's most important.

Thanks again,
Clark
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Turkeybuster » August 5th, 2009, 3:20 pm

Clark the first turkey I shot was with 00 Buckshot. The only info. I could get at that time said use large shot so that was as large as I could find.
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