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Turkey Gun and Shells
« on: February 05, 2008, 01:06:11 AM »
Just trying to get an idea of what you folks are using for turkey. I've got a Mossberg 835 and use Winchester Supreme 3 1/2" #4 shot and use a .670 choke.

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #1 on: February 05, 2008, 01:38:18 AM »
That will work as long as you are compfortable with it!

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #2 on: February 05, 2008, 11:42:56 AM »
That will work as long as you are compfortable with it!
So what are you using? ??? I kinda want to see what everybody has got and are using! O0

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #3 on: February 05, 2008, 07:29:09 PM »
I've got a Remington 870 Express and shoot 3" Federals with #4 shot.  I recently aquired a Remington 870 Express Super Magnum and got some 3 1/2" turkey loads in #4, 5, & 6 shot.  I haven't patterned the thing yet, so I don't know what it will do.
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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #4 on: February 05, 2008, 07:47:00 PM »
Remington 870 SuperMag 3 1/2 inch
Winchester Supreme 3 1/2" #4
Remchoke super extra full,  this was the last choice of chokes, nothing else patterned well enough. If this one would not have worked, the gun was going bye bye.

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But I won't shoo tit past 40 yards.  Kille dmy first bird ever with it, bit now I just got more confidence in my Remington

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Winchester Sumpreme 3" #5  It shreds the paper out to 40 yards, not been turkey proven yet though. Hope to change that this season.

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2008, 11:13:51 PM »
So what are you using? ??? I kinda want to see what everybody has got and are using! O0
I use a f.i.e. singleshot 20g. with full choke thats as old as I am with 3" fiocchi pheasant loads #6's!  And my p.s.e. custom compound bow with 2117 eastons!

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2008, 11:17:32 PM »
I use a f.i.e. singleshot 20g. with full choke thats as old as I am with 3" fiocchi pheasant loads #6's!  And my p.s.e. custom compound bow with 2117 eastons!
Pardon my ignorance, but what is f.i.e?

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #7 on: February 21, 2008, 06:54:46 AM »
im goin with a mossberg 500a with 2/3 #4 shot  :roll:
whats the choke for do you need it to turk hunt? :-\
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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #8 on: February 21, 2008, 01:14:53 PM »
im goin with a mossberg 500a with 2/3 #4 shot  :roll:
whats the choke for do you need it to turk hunt? :-\

It's best to have what's called a "turkey choke" in your gun.  With choke patterns, an improved cylinder choke throws the widest pattern.  A modified choke will throw a tighter pattern than the improved cylinder, but still give a good spread.  A full choke throws a relatively tight pattern (all of the shot condensed into a small area).  Those are the 3 main types of chokes that you can get in shotguns.  There's others mixed in there also by different manufacturers though, but those are the main 3.

That being said, a "turkey choke" throws a very tight pattern.  The vast majority of the pellets are condensed down into a very small area.  There's varying degrees of turkey chokes available, with some being tighter than others.

The deal with a shotgun is that it's designed to cover a large area with shot because generally the game that it's being shot at is moving.  With turkeys though, if you've done things like they're supposed to be done, there should be a bird standing in front of you begging to be shot. :twisted:  So with this, there's no need for a tight pattern.  Turkeys are tough birds.  You want to put as many pellets as possible inside the kill area of a turkey.  The kill zone is the head and neck areas.  To bust these bones you need a larger shot size and a bunch of powder (more "whack" when it hits).  With the super tight patterns that turkey chokes throw, it concentrates the pellets in a small area.

You also need to take your gun out and pattern your loads.  Get some silouhette targets of turkey heads and shoot at that to see where your shot is hitting and how wide of a spread you have to your choke.

Doe all of that makes sense?  Also, if you've never shot a turkey load, be prepared to get THUMPED right good. O0
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In all seriousness, the Marlin is a great rifle, too. I own a Model 60, one of the best rifles ever made.
Brownings are nice, but in terms of quality AND accuarcy AND ruggedness, it's hard to beat the Marlin.
California sucks that's it.

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Re: Turkey Gun and Shells
« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008, 05:53:41 PM »
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