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What size shot in your 12 gauge?

Its probably been discussed befre but - With turkey season upon us – what is your shell of choice?

I use a 12 gauge for all my shot-gunning and find that I am more accurate with 2 ¾ inch shells than 3 inch. For turkeys I seem to have good luck with Remington’s #5 shot loads.  But I have wondered about using larger shot.  Does anyone use #4 or even #2s?

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I have a buddy that hunts

I have a buddy that hunts with 3.5 inches shells loaded with #2 steel and he gets a very good pattern coming out of Benelli Nova.  He has killed many a bird.  I personally use #5 lead out of my 10 gauge and I have a great patteren out to 55 yards with my patternamster.

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hmmmm

hmmmm...that's the second person that I've heard of this year using steel shot for turkeys.  I've always considered steel shot substandard as compared to elad but maybe the larger shot size makes up for it.  I don't know of anyone who loads #2 shot in lead ammunition any more since I think it is used almost exclusively for geese.  I'll have to give this some more thought.....thanks for the input Goosehunter JR!

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I use #5 or #6 lead, Federal

I use #5 or #6 lead, Federal Premium Mag-Shok with their flitecontrol wad.  I shoot both a 12 and 10 gauge, and they perform great.  I have tried other brands at the range, but these worked the best for me and the guns that I am using.

This gives me plenty of pellets on target and plenty of knockdown power where it is needed.

Using larger shot results in fewer pellets and I like more pellets.  For instance, going from a #5 or #6  to a #2 will cut the number of pellets about in half.

Good luck with your hunting.

 

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Thanks for sharing your information

Thanks Springsman.  I can’t argue with you logic.  #6 seems a little small to me, but if they work for you, I can’t dispute results.  Thanks for sharing your information.

Mike

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Many Good Combinations

They all can be successful loads. The choke tube is just as important & can affect the load alot, both good and bad. I've used 4's, 5's & 6's over the years and currently using Winchester Supreme #6's. Found a good combination with my choke tube and a Red Dot Gobblestopper. I am really impressed with the scope, found it to be extemly accurate.

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I know this is an older post

I know this is an older post but couldn't resist.

I use 3 in. #4, Rem Nitro Trky (1 7/8oz), in my overbored 12g Mossberg 835, with an undertaker choke.

The larger shot size is recomended by Mossberg and I found it to pattern better at the range. I killed one at 40 yds this spring, perfect head shot, only 4 pellets in the breast. I think the larger shot retains inertia down range better. I try to compensate for fewer pellets than #5 by going to the 3 in. shell. Recoil is no problem at all for me; its not like I'm wailing away at em. One or two shots and they better be dead.:yes:

If I used steel I would use 3.5 #4 Wingmaster HD (1 7/8 oz). Really good write ups on this load. I would pattern it first of course .

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How about duplex shells?

I ran across an old box of Winchester shells factory loaded with #4 shot AND #2 sized shot in teh same shell!  That sounds like a great turkey hunting combination to me.  I think I'm going to use them this weekend.   Big smile  I'll let you know how they work out.  It would be just my luck if they work GREAT but the load has been discontinued fortwenty five years and there aren't ever going to be any more available!  

I guess I'll risk it though and hope to bag a couple birds

Here in upstate New York we can take TWO birds of either sex but our hunting hours are only from sunrise until noon.  The short hours stink, but I do like that we can take two birds!

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shot size

Mike, that load sounds great.  Have you tried to pattern it? What choke do you use? I'll be interested in how your hunt goes.

I noticed the duck hunters have a load called "heavy metal" that is two layers of shot; heavy shot forward and steel shot aft, for those in the lead ban areas. I noticed that the heavy shot is actually smaller in size than the steel shot though. They probably did this so the shot string stayed together longer.

I think its all about what range you are going to shot.  Shorter range and the energy will be OK for smaller shot and more of them will fit in the shell. For longer range the heavier shot will have enough energy to kill when they do hit the vitals but less pellets::confused2.

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