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Offline hoytman62

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12ga shell shot
« on: April 17, 2018, 09:30:24 AM »
This is my first Turkey Hunt.  Never been before.  I was wondering what is the best shot for a 12 ga. Shotgun for Turkey?  Thanks for the help.


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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2018, 10:05:02 AM »
Even though its a little pricey, its best to try several and see which ones shoot best in your gun. I have found that the Winchester supreme #5 in 3 1/2" shoot best in mine
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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2018, 11:09:53 AM »
Typically 6, 5 or 4 shot. Number 4 shot is the largest we can use in MI.

Like HM.said your gun will tell you, shoot as many as you can pick the one that patterns best.

I have gone through countless chokes and loads trying to find the perfect combination.

I have 4 guns patterned and each likes a different combination of loads and chokes and diferent effective ranges

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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2018, 12:42:33 PM »
The one I killed this year was 2 3/4"  with #4 shot.  I guess it also depends on how far you plan on shooting.  3" shells are a good solid platform to start would be my guess.

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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2018, 02:29:46 PM »
the best shotgun is the one you currently own unless you want an excuse to buy a new toy. after that, you just need to find a turkey load that patterns for your gun. a standard full choke will work well. if you want to extend your range, you can buy a turkey choke

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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2018, 05:12:05 PM »
Just get a Turkey choke and use what you've got , I have shot birds with my 870 ,with my over-under with 3" shells #4 shot and this year I'm going to use my Winchester 1300 using 2 3/4" shells this year . Just wait until they are in range .  ##$%#1118
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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2018, 05:36:49 PM »
Years ago, when I started hunting turkeys, I purchased a 2nd barrel for my 12 ga 870.  Also bought a Hastings turkey choke and if memory serves me right, it was .645", which is pretty tight.  Patterned with 3" Winchesters, with 2 oz of copper plated 4's.  I got 6-7 pellets in the kill zone at 35 yds.  I have killed birds out to 40 yds with that combination.  I have tried some lead 4's and the pattern widened up, so I stick with the copper plated shot.  The harder shot seems to give tighter patterns, but that can work against you, if the bird is too close.  If you have time to try various loads, by all means do so.  I think I was fortunate to find a good load right away.  Those 3" shells did kick the snot out of me when shooting paper.  Barely feel the recoil when I have a live target.
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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2018, 09:36:32 PM »
Mine is doing well with 3" hevi shot in #6 and a full choke.  As others have said you'll be wise to pick some different options of shot/choke/ammo brand and pick something that gives you confidence at a given range.  Also get used to estimating range in the type of terrain you'll be hunting or carry a rangefinder to range some landmarks before you start calling.
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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2018, 06:57:02 PM »
been using Remington Hi-Power 2 3/4 #6 for 40 years+ maybe 50...got the 12ga 870 Express in 1992 with the "Ventilator" Turkey choke...26 pellets at 40 yards in the kill zone...at 15 yards it's a 10 hole...yes when they get real close you can completely miss... @--0--0116

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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2018, 09:41:43 AM »
I've been using Remington Nitro's #6's for years and they work well for me. I also put an HS Strut Undertaker choke in my Mossberg 835 12 gauge. I've put them on the ground with barely a flop at 35 yards with them.
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Re: 12ga shell shot
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2018, 10:13:01 AM »
Hevishot extra full choke out of my benelli with hevishot magnum blends (3.5", 4,5, and 7 shot in the shell). Consistently kill turkeys out to 55 yards. Triple digit pellet count at 40 yards.
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