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Author Topic: Winchester Longbeard!!  (Read 1625 times)

Offline MI_Bowhunter

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Winchester Longbeard!!
« on: April 21, 2017, 03:37:35 PM »
I picked up a couple boxes today in 12G 3" #5 and #6 shot.

Will be heading out tomorrow to pattern it and see how it performs out of my newly threaded and choked barrel.

I keep hearing good stuff about this load and thought it was about time I finally gave it a try.
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2017, 05:36:16 PM »
I use 3 1/2 inch #6 works great
turkey season was a wet one now on to deer hunting in October





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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2017, 05:49:24 PM »
I use 3" #4s .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2017, 06:34:58 PM »
I use 3 1/2 inch #6 works great
The 3.5" really puts the smackdown but it kills my shoulder.  The new barrel can only handle 3".
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2017, 06:54:32 PM »
good luck. i'll be in the market for some new loads after this year if i can connect. i'm done to 1 turkey load for my 10 ga. i'll switch to my 12 ga after this. the 10 will be for geese only now. it's a tank to carry around
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #5 on: April 21, 2017, 09:16:40 PM »
I have read good reviews about them and have been tempted more than once to try them but my Remington Nitro 3 inch, #6 loads keep doing the job so if it isn't broke, I'm not going to fix it! Would be very interested in hear how they do!
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #6 on: April 21, 2017, 10:14:50 PM »
I have a Hastings .655" choke on my 12 ga 870.  When I first patterned it, I used the Winchester 3" shell loaded with 2 oz of copper plated 4's.  At 35 yds, I got a pattern about 18-20" in diameter.  Using a turkey target, in 4 shots, I got 6-7 pellets in the kill zone.  I have stayed with the copperplated 4's, although I don't think the 2 oz load is still available,  I haven't seen them recently.  Killed my first longbeard with the 2oz of 4's at 40 yds.  A couple of years ago, I found some 3" Remington Magnum shells loaded with 2 oz of 4's, and this load is what I used on my 2017 bird.  I buy my shells when on sale, and especially if there is a rebate on them. Right now, I have 4 boxes of 10 each on my shelf. I think I'm good for a few years, lol
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 08:38:20 PM »
OK here are my results from todays outing:



Gun used.  Mossberg 835 equipped with a Mossberg 500A cantilever smoothbore barrel with a Primos Tight Wad (.660) choke tube and Bushnell TRS-25 red dot. (This is the barrel I reamed and tapped for choke tubes in my DIY thread.)  The attachment on the barrel is a camera bracket I was playing with.

All of the following test targets were patterned from 20 yards and 40 yards:



Longbeard 3" #5 shot



Longbeard 3" #6 Shot (this was actually one of my first shots and was still working on centering the red dot which is why the shot is centered a little to the right)



Remington Nitro Turkey  3# #6 shot



Winchester Super X 2.75# "6 shot

I have to say I was very impressed with the Longbeard loads, esp the #6's at 40 yards.   I did not actually count the number pf pellets but the coverage was pretty good.  At 20 yards you better be spot on or you will miss.
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2017, 08:46:34 PM »
Looks like all had killing shots .  ##$%#1118
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2017, 08:47:45 PM »
I use 3 inch 4 and 6   Good Luck MI @--0--0118
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2017, 11:37:52 AM »
Nice results...I did a review of the Longbeard ammo back in March 2014 using several types of shells and chockes. After the results I switched over and never looked back.

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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2017, 08:49:30 AM »
Nice results...I did a review of the Longbeard ammo back in March 2014 using several types of shells and chockes. After the results I switched over and never looked back.

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Good info, I must have missed that somehow.
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2017, 09:12:40 AM »
Nice results...I did a review of the Longbeard ammo back in March 2014 using several types of shells and chockes. After the results I switched over and never looked back.

http://www.talkhuntin.com/index.php?topic=39262.0
Good info, I must have missed that somehow.
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #13 on: April 24, 2017, 09:16:54 AM »
I hear you. I still have a few 3.5" rounds in my ammo box.  I don't care if I ever use them up. LOL
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Re: Winchester Longbeard!!
« Reply #14 on: April 28, 2017, 10:34:41 AM »
My son and I have been using it in 3" #5 for years, and again this year. We love it and even though on paper ours guns should kill every bird out to 55 yards we have never shot that far and I made him pass a big tom at 55 yards last weekend. I just like the up and close of turkey hunting. With that being said I will let it fly at 45 yards and in if the bird decides to turn around at that point.

 

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