Shells

Wyoming Hart

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Oct 10, 2014
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Spring Run, PA
What's everyone choice on turkey shells and what are you shooting them out of? I have a Remington 11-87 Super Mag that shoots 3.5" Hevi-Shot Magnum Blends. This combo has done well for myself as well as my father. I've only missed 1 turkey in the 15 years that I have had the gun. Obviously the Magnum Blends haven't been out that long, but have used Hevi-Shot since it came out through Remington.
 

brianboh

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Jun 4, 2015
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Powell, Wyoming
I am a hard core turkey hunter and true believer in the Heavy Shot Magnum Blends. However the past two years I have shot Long Beards. They are cheaper and I get twice for the money. I have killed turkeys out to 70 yards with them and don't hesitate at 60 if I need to shoot. Either one paired with an Indian Creek choke equals smashed tators.
 

Extractor

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Jun 7, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Ditto the Winchester Long Beard, wicked patterns out of Carlson long beard choke. I used to shoot the Extended Range and the magnum blend but the LB is just as good and much cheaper. Wish they would develop a load like that for ducks.
 

D.Turvey Jr

Eastmans' Staff / Moderator
Feb 11, 2014
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Powell, WY
I bought some Long Beard XR to try in my Weatherby Element and the season just slipped away, never pulled the trigger.
 

Wyoming Hart

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Oct 10, 2014
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Spring Run, PA
I've got a box of Long Beards and fired a couple of shots of them. Didn't have as good of a pattern at 40 as the Hevi-Shot or what I was expecting. No doubt will definitely do the job and I'll use them some day.
 

swampokie

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Jul 29, 2013
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Haworth Oklahoma
The magnum blend ammo is all I shoot. I don't shoot Enuff shots at turkeys to worry about the price. The difference it has made for me is unbelievable. I was one that said way too high to shoot until I shot them. Wow! I it was
High volume shooting I'd look elsewhere but turkey hunting generally is not.
 

mallardsx2

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Jul 8, 2015
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I found about 25 Activ 3# # 4 shots in my ammo pile the other day and patterned them over the weekend in my wifes SuperX3 Compact. Things shot a hell of a group at 40 yards. I told her she didnt need to buy shells for 24 seasons....she sneered at me lol
 

Fink

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Apr 7, 2011
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West Side, MoMo
I found about 25 Activ 3# # 4 shots in my ammo pile the other day and patterned them over the weekend in my wifes SuperX3 Compact. Things shot a hell of a group at 40 yards. I told her she didnt need to buy shells for 24 seasons....she sneered at me lol
Haha. I bought a box if 2 3/4 #6 Heavy shot for my wife a few years ago.. There's 8 shells left out of the box of 10, and 2 dead gobblers to show for it. I'm not sure she'll chase turkeys very much anymore, but I'd make a strong bet that if she did, she'd kill 10 birds with those 10 shells!
As for me.. I just shoot regular old Federal copper plated 5's thru a full choke. Used to shoot extra full chokes, but I missed too often with them. When you do connect though, it's dirty..
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limbhanger4

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Feb 27, 2017
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Richwood, West Virginia
I maybe an old school guy but I've used Winchester XX 2 1/4oz loads for ten years or more. I can kill em at 10yds as well as 65+ yards. That's with an 870 SurperMag 3 1/2" shell with a KICKS gobbling thunder choke and, my 15yo son has killed 3 with it the last two springs with it as well. I can't say that I haven't missed with this combo but I'll have to admit, it was never the guns fault
 
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Daubs

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Aug 5, 2016
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Nebraska
I purchased three boxes of Federal 3.5" premium mag 12ga. with #6 lead shot many, many years ago. Ten shells per box.

I'm picky and pretty lucky...just one shot per turkey, per year. Like them in close. Still have a box+ left.

I really never bought in to the heavy shot craze. Good ol Lead has treated me well for 30+ years of turkey hunting.

When these boxes are gone, I'll probably get some more #6 3.5" lead shotgun shells.
 

jkean949

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Sep 26, 2016
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Kansas City
870 26" barrel, Hevi-Shot choke, 3" Hevi-Shot #5 blend, 2oz. Very comfortably puts gobbler feet in the air past 50 yards, that's the Spring turkey sniper setup though. When I am in the woods during Fall turkey, I am usually there either checking cameras or maybe small game hunting with my old school 16ga loaded with #6. That 16 has dropped many birds during the Fall.



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