What size shot do you use for turkeys?

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Fan Club » August 7th, 2009, 1:51 pm

> Clark the first turkey I shot was with 00 Buckshot. <
 
Was there anything left? Actually, with only 9- .32 cal pellets in that load you were probably lucky to hit it, provided you aimed at the head at 25 yds or more.
 
I keep 00 Buck around for home defense and have often wondered what it would do to a turkey.
 
For the record Clark, I still use # 4 shot for gobblers for the downrange energy. I'm curious why anyone would want shot smaller than # 6's as well...
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby allaboutshooting » August 7th, 2009, 2:19 pm

Hey Jon,

I understand. We're very fortunate today to have so much information, folks who are willing to share their experience and forums like T&TH to held "get the word out".

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby allaboutshooting » August 7th, 2009, 2:28 pm

Hey Jeff,

00 Buck is some potent stuff. Last year I shot some that I was issued in 1968 through a turkey choke, just to see how it would pattern after all those years and through a very tight choke tube.

I was amazed that it patterned exceptionally well. We used to shoot it through very short cylinder bore barrels and considered it to be a very short range shell then. Again, in the last few years we've learned that we can shoot some big lead shot through very tight chokes, if the internal geometry is correct.

I've seen what those pellets can do but never on a turkey.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Turkeybuster » August 7th, 2009, 3:30 pm

Hey Jeff
I jump shot this turkey the first shot took a bunch of feathers off of him and the second shot killed him with one ball bearing straight through his vitals that was the only hit no damage done to the bird.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Steve_In » August 7th, 2009, 6:18 pm

I use #6 in my 10 bore ML.  My son uses #6 3" remington Express in the 20 gauge.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Magnumdood » August 7th, 2009, 8:05 pm

I use a duplex load in my SP-10.

I'll either use 4x7 TSS or 5x7 TSS.  In each case, it would be 1 oz of #4 and 1.5 oz of #7, and in the 5x7, just substitute the #5 for the the #4.

I get it started out of the bore at 1300 fps.  I haven't compared patterns yet, but the load that yields the best pattern, of course, will be the one I use.
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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby dawei » August 8th, 2009, 7:13 am

[color="#0000ff"]I use two 20ga guns & loads.........

Mossberg® Mdl 500C 26" Barrel
Hastings® .570 Choke (#I20570)
Winchester® Supreme™ 3" 1 5/16oz #4 (#STH2034) Pb


[/color][color="#0000ff"][/color][color="#0000ff"]Remington® (Baikal®) SPR220 26½" Barrels
Colonial .570 Chokes (#TSKTX)
Remington® Nitro Turkey™ 3" 1 5/16oz #5 (NT20M5) Pb


It's all about what each individual gun patterns the best.




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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby mark hay » August 8th, 2009, 7:26 am

In the past I have used 4,5,6's. Years ago I settled in with 6'. That is what I have been buying along with the others if they are marked down.
 
Late last winter the local gunshop had several leftover boxes of Fed. 2 3/4 inch 7.5's in the heavy shot,,,waterfowl loads ,,,with the flite control wad. I would prefer something else ,,,but the price was too good to pass up . I haven't patterned from these from my Baikal as of yet .
 
Preferred load is Win. Supreme XX magnum #6's ,,,1 5/8 oz.

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby deacon » August 19th, 2009, 10:50 pm

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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.  

 
I will apologize before I start...I know I am a newbie here but as Clark can attest I have done my testing with the shell I am about to talk about and have pics to prove the results if questioned! I use Remington Premier Hevishot Magnum 3.5-1 7/8-6's or Hevi-13 3.5-2.25-5's with my 935 but the 20ga gets the Federal HW w/FC wad 3-1.5-7's. No factory ammo matches these for pattern or penetration.
 
1. Federal 20ga HW 3"-1.5oz-7's outpenetrate lead 5's and I would put them against Hevi-13 6's.
    Will go through a piece of aluminum at 40 yards and lead 5's only dent it...some H13 6's would not   
    pass through the same material.
2. 188 hits on a 8.5X11 sheet of paper at 40 yards.
3. 147 in 10" and 141 in 20" for total 288 inside 20" at 40 yards
4. The shots were different days under different weather conditions but both are great. The shot with
    288 total gave me ALL, yes ALL, but 13 pellets of the payload on 3ftX2.5ft board. That sounds like
    they eliminated most of the fliers. The general consensus is that these shells consistently yield 145+
    at 40 yards.  

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RE: What size shot do you use for turkeys?

Postby Warbird » September 16th, 2009, 6:59 am

My shot size preference is #7 in 12gram per cc at 1200-1240fps or #7 in 15 gram per cc (less shot per shell) at 1300fps. The Fed Hw in the 15 gram #7 pellets is packing around 408 pellets in a 12 ga 3.5" 1-7/8oz load. The Nitros at 12 grams are a bit tricky because in that #7 load because the pellets are made up of what we call "pixie dust" The pellets range from 8's, 8.5"s to 7's. Make no mistake with @ 700 pellets in a 2-1/4 oz 12 ga shell, @ 750 in a 2-7/16 12 ga shell, and 800+ in a 2.5 oz 10 ga load they are devastating and will kill turkeys farther than most want to. My backup is the H-13 # 6'S weighing in at 13 grams per cc. The #6&7 Hevi-shot pellets have what it takes to put the pellets downrange with the devastating energy and penetration...Many a #4&5 lead shooters have tried these shells and seen the light so to speak. IMO HTL are a more humane load to use on turkeys within effective range...   

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