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#11985633 - 04/20/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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5's


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#11986861 - 04/21/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Copper plated #7 1/2 in 20 gauge.
Copper plated # 6 in 12 gauge.
Nickle plated # 7 1/2 in the 20 gauge flintlock

Those give the best patterns in my guns and plenty of penetration at the distances I will shoot.


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#11987616 - 04/21/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Had the best luck with 5's

#11989618 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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6's .... I somehow have acquired enough for several lifetimes.


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#11989988 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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I use #5 shot in both 20 ga. and 12 ga. conventional shotguns. In a flintlock 20 ga. I use No. 5 as well. I am in a rut.

The flintlock I use requires birds to be within 25 yards and I get pretty good pattern density with #5 shot

#11990645 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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5's here too...


Originally Posted by raybass
I try to stick with the basics, they do so well. Nothing fancy mind you, just plain jane will get it done with style.


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#11990656 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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#4s, 5s or 6s. They all work.

Could easily be satisfied with #5s from here on out.

Tempted to play with #7 Hevis though.

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#11990659 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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The majority of the Shamanic Dream Team shoot #4 lead shot. Angus shoots #5, because it patterns better in his gun.



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#11990740 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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When I started hunting Turkeys 25 years ago I bought 3" #2,4,5,6 and 4x6. I have been shooting them with 4x6 duplex as they patterned better than 5's. But 5's will do for me just fine.

If I was starting out again I would start here.

https://www.hevishot.com/catalog/magnum-blend/

I have heard great things about the 5,6 and 7 loads.

Anything over 40 or 45 yards with a factory shotgun can be hit or miss IME. It is all about pattern density.

Good luck and shoot straight

Bob

#11990817 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Hevi Shot Mag Blend here for the 12 and 20 gauge.

Used 5's in the Winchester Longbeards as well.



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#11990947 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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No 5 shot


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#11991025 - 04/22/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Mostly htl 7s, as they will strait wreck a bird any any reasonable range. Played around with the longbeards in all shot sizes, killed a couple birds with the 4s, but couldn't get any consistency in the patterns, so I ditched them. Back to the 7s and life is good.


Oh, and believe it or not, deer bite. Fairly hard.
#11991519 - 04/23/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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3" Nitro Ammunition 4x5x7 HeviShot blend in the 12ga; 3" Nitro Ammunition HeviShot 7s in the 20ga.

Yea, none of the above are cheap - $5-$7/rnd. But ammo is the cheapest part of the hunt!

#11992442 - 04/23/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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The state regulations here allow #4 shot as the largest size for turkey, they have no minimum size.

I've used 4,5, or 6 shot depending on the conditions. This year I will likely be using #6 as it was an early spring and the woods should be leafed out pretty well. They will fill out a more open choke which I use after the woods leaf out. If it were a more normal spring the visibility would be much greater and I would most likely load up with 4s and a more typical choke.


#11992738 - 04/23/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Winchester 3" 5's have always seemed to work for gobblers. I do not believe I do not need expensive shells to kill them.

#11993964 - 04/24/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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20=#6Heavyshot
12=4x5x7Nitro or #6 Longbeard's

#12007282 - 05/01/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Well said...I think I will try 4 shot next time out....the 2 might not be a dense enough pattern in 2 3/4

#12007295 - 05/01/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Well said...I think I will try 4 shot next time out....the 2 might not be a dense enough pattern in 2 3/4

#12010452 - 05/02/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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Someone school me on the shot sizes smaller than 6 for turkeys - what are the advantages?

#12010485 - 05/02/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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If using heavier than lead you get more pellets on target that out penetrate lead.


Federal heavyweight 7's from my 20 gauge will hit about like a lead #4 but have a much greater pattern.


I shot a bird a couple years ago at 52yd with Hevi13 #7's and had pellets break the near humerus and femur along with cleanly shooting through the brain and spine. The turkeys and coyotes I've shot with HTL 7's have been absolutely smashed.


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#12013390 - 05/04/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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So lead #7's might not be a good idea? I like the idea of more pellets and better patterns.

#12013412 - 05/04/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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12 gauge 3" Federal Premium copper-clad, buffered #4

#12013936 - 05/04/17 Re: Shot size [Re: BruinPoint]  
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Originally Posted by BruinPoint
So lead #7's might not be a good idea? I like the idea of more pellets and better patterns.



I would probably pass on the 7's lead.


A pattern from my 20 gauge with Fed 7's:


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#12036899 - 05/16/17 Re: Shot size [Re: rainierrifleco]  
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20ga 3" 1-1/2oz Federal Heavy Weigh 7s.
After one pattern board with these I put the 12ga away.


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