I am a turkey hunter. I have been for over 30 years. I also perform pre-market and post-market testing for many companies, including turkey choke manufacturers.
For the last 10 years or so I've participated in still target shooting events. You win those events by putting the most pellets in a 3" circle (none touching the outside line, a "clean" target) at 40 yards, shooting without a rest.
It's my belief that those shoots had some relevance 10 years ago when turkey guns, turkey chokes and turkey shells were largely non-existent. Those events, sponsored by the NWTF, inspired gun, choke and shotshell manufacturers to better their products and we've all benefited from those improvements.
Today, at least in my opinion, the shotshell manufactures have surpassed all expectations of 10 years ago and have shells that are much better than we could have ever anticipated. While they've been working to make shells that deliver good even patterns, in a 10" or 20" circle, still target shoots have continued to concentrate on what combination could deliver the highest count in a 3" circle.
I don't think that 3" circle has much relevance to most of us as turkey hunters or to shotshell manufacturers currently.
I'd like to know what you, as a turkey hunter, want as far as a pattern goes, from your turkey choke and shotshell.
Would you like an even pattern in 10", in 20" or what sized circle, at 40 yards? Is 40 yards the standard you use or is there another distance that make more sense to you?
Do the results of a "still target shoot" mean anything to you? Would those results mean more to you if they more closely resembled hunting patterns?
If you could decide what the standards would be for winning a still target shoot, what would they be?
I'd really appreciate your thoughts on this.
P.S. I apologize for the length of this post. I'm just trying to find a way to help all of us make better decisions on what we use for hunting.
"If he's out of range, it just means that he has another day and so do you."