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Offline Dustin

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hey i have a question.
« on: January 17, 2010, 10:50:39 AM »
what is the difference between the sizees of shot? i use # 4's but i see people on tv using # 6's. wats the difference between a bigger or smaller shot size?

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2010, 10:56:02 AM »
not totally sure what you are asking, but a partial answer is a Bigger shot size (smaller number) has more energy per pellet, but less pellets per shell. I smaller shot size will product a denser pattern as it will contain more pellets. This is assuming similar weight of shot and similar powder charges fired from the same gun and chock
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2010, 01:46:59 PM »
not totally sure what you are asking, but a partial answer is a Bigger shot size (smaller number) has more energy per pellet, but less pellets per shell. I smaller shot size will product a denser pattern as it will contain more pellets. This is assuming similar weight of shot and similar powder charges fired from the same gun and chock
Very good answer zos41. In my eyes I look at it like this it takes more smaller shot to do the job than it does bigger shot so I use 4 shot in my 10 ga and 5 shot in my 12 ga. JMO
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2010, 04:41:42 PM »
Good replies. #4 shot has
  • number of pellets in a 15 inch circle at
  • yards. and #6 shot will have more pellets in the same 15 inch circle at the same years. #4 will also carry more energy with the shot. hope it helps.
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2010, 04:48:21 PM »
dustin, I use 6 shot double magnum turkey load for the first shot...more pellets in the head...but It does matter how ur gun patterns...my last shots are 4's again double magnum...but rarely I get to9 use more than 1 shot (not bragging) but when you get them close you can get them with one shot @--0--0118
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2010, 06:20:28 PM »
The only thing to add is that the larger shot retains it's energy longer so better for longer shots . I use #4 3" mags .
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2010, 06:27:46 PM »
I have to echo that you should pattern your gun.  You may find out that #4 perform better than #6.  I shoot 3 1/2 #6.  Pick a target at 30 - 40 yards and shoot a box of each at multiple targets.  Good luck.
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #7 on: January 17, 2010, 08:05:14 PM »
I use a 12ga with 2 3/4" shells. I just prefer the #4 shot because it will carry more energy at the longer ranges. %^$^
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2010, 06:27:08 AM »
Great feedback Guys. Now that's what I am talking about. Friends helping friends.

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2010, 09:34:55 AM »
Sounds like you have plenty of information to decide the shot size that will best suit your needs. Remember you MUST pattern the gun you intend to use.
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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #10 on: January 18, 2010, 10:01:50 AM »
Good answers and I think that every one probably answered the question at hand. May I suggest one "Money Saving Tip"?
That would be to get a about 6 or 8 buddies together. Have everyone bring a NEW box of shells that would have a different shot size than the other buddies bring. All show up with different shot for ALL to try in their preferred turkey gun. This way each person can pattern their gun with more loads than if you were going to do it yourself. 6 to 8 boxes of shells just for the purpose of patterning your gun can get expensive. Please also don't forget that your gun might pattern better with a 3" magnum rather than a 3 1/2 inch magnum. Don't put your blinders on and think that you need to shoot the longer shell just because you can! Many time a 3" will pattern better than a 3 1/2" will.

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #11 on: January 18, 2010, 01:01:08 PM »
Generally, No. 4 shot being larger, retains more energy at longer ranges, while the no. 6 offers a denser shot pattern, because there are more of them.  The important thing is to see which load gives you a denser pattern at let's say 40 yds, with the turkey choke of your choice.  Also, copper plated shot is a lot harder than lead shot.  It deforms less, giving you a more uniform pattern.  When patterning my 870 with 3" Winchester turkey loads (2 oz of buffered #4 shot)  I got enough pellets on 4 targets, to kill a turkey every time.  I use a Hastings turkey choke, with a .655 constriction.  At the time I purchased it, it was the next to tightest choke they offered, the tightest being .645. I also tried a 2-3/4" 1-1/4 oz of lead shot, and I could tell right off the bat, that the patterns using this lead load was not acceptable.

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #12 on: January 18, 2010, 06:53:00 PM »
ok thanks guys i was wondering because i always used #4 shot. with my 12 and 20 gauge. but alot of people i see hunting on tv use # 6's so i was wondering if there was something i was missing. but i guess not because i was thinking pretty much everything that was stated her that the smaller shot (#6's) will have more pellets and produce a denser pattern but it takes more to kill then the bigger shot did but the bigger shot (#4's) wouldnt be as dense. but either way you gotta pattern the gun with the choke you intend on using. thanks guys

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2010, 07:03:08 PM »
I use 5 shot myself, but the MOST important thing is to take a good shot....get that gobbler in close, put the bead on the right spot and shoot when he is standing still. 

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Re: hey i have a question.
« Reply #14 on: January 19, 2010, 10:30:42 AM »
Check with your State Reg's some might require you to use #4.
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TURKEY: Shotguns, 10 gauge or smaller using standard No. 2 shot or smaller. Long bows or compound bows (no crossbows). Handguns or pistols using centerfire mushrooming ammunition, black powder handguns or pistols .40 caliber or larger. Handguns or pistols can only have open metallic sights (no scopes). Nothing in this section is intended to prohibit the possession of rifles, shotgun/rifle combinations (drilling) or buckshot and slugs when the hunter is stalk hunting both deer and turkey provided no person shoots or attempts to shoot turkey with the rifle or shotgun using buckshot or slugs
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