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#13523065 - 02/02/19 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads?  
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The boy and I are both carrying guns with 2 3/4" Chambers this year. Anyone recommend a factory load?

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#13523682 - 02/02/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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You can get 2 3/4" Hevi-Shot in 4s or 6s. If you want lead, the various 1 1/8 oz 2 3/4" "Magnum" loads would be where I'd look. Federal still lists a copper plated load and Remington has the unplated Nitro Mags.

#13523690 - 02/02/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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I'll check the Nitro Mags out, my old gun has a poly choke so I believe the Hevi Shot is out. Thinking of patterning some Remington XLR's also while I'm at it.

#13524091 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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My granddaughter used a 2 3/4 inch load of #6 shot, plain old high brass heavy load. Patterned really good, and killed the fire out of a turkey. Nephew, who was 6 at the time, also used the same shell.

#13524114 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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Winchester Super Pheasant #6.


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#13524120 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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#13524130 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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10gaugemag,

I'm definitely going to pick up some of those to pattern. That load comes well recommended by many.

#13524556 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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i found a good selection of 20 gauge at rogers sporting goods. google them


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#13525256 - 02/03/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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I shoot Federal premium loads with 1 1/8 ounce of copper plated #7&1/2 shot in an 870 full choke.


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#13532147 - 02/05/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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If you don't mind handloading, 2-3/4" TSS #9s will turn those 2-3/4" rigs into long rang turkey snipers. If you must go lead, 1-1/8oz CP #7.5 is deadly to 35yds. No other shot size in lead 2-3/4" loads will give you the same distance due to lack of pattern density.

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#13532821 - 02/05/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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Will lead 7.5's crack a turkey skull and neck vertebrae at 35 yards?


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#13535193 - 02/06/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: MOGC]  
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Originally Posted by MOGC
Will lead 7.5's crack a turkey skull and neck vertebrae at 35 yards?


Easily.

#13537719 - 02/07/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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I use Federal Prairie Storm #5's for late season pheasants. 1oz. of copper plated lead at 1350fps with the Flite Stopper wad and shot. Kills wild pheasants well out to 40 yds, no reason it wouldn't do the same on a Tom!

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#13538713 - 02/07/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: prairie dog shooter]  
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Sounds like older guns you might not want to use heavier-than-lead in. TSS will score a barrel if it gets loose from the wad.

Originally Posted by prairie dog shooter
I shoot Federal premium loads with 1 1/8 ounce of copper plated #7&1/2 shot in an 870 full choke.
Got a link for that load?


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#13541295 - 02/08/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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I wouldn't get too riled up about it. Use what your guns like. I would look at Remington Nitro Mags and Federal copper plated Pheasant loads. I've killed 3 turkeys that I can think of with the 20ga 2 3/4" pheasant loads. I think they were #5's. They all died. One was while I was grouse hunting. It was shot at 30-35yds with a modified choke.

Worry more about your pattern than your load. Hit em in the face/neck and you'll kill it.

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#13542976 - 02/08/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: urbaneruralite]  
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Originally Posted by urbaneruralite
Sounds like older guns you might not want to use heavier-than-lead in. TSS will score a barrel if it gets loose from the wad.

Originally Posted by prairie dog shooter
I shoot Federal premium loads with 1 1/8 ounce of copper plated #7&1/2 shot in an 870 full choke.
Got a link for that load?

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/pro...-1-1-8-oz-shotshells-25-rounds?a=1594534


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#13544171 - 02/09/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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A friend has taken three turkeys so far with whatever 1 oz load of #5 shot she had left over from pheasant season. She hasn't fired at a bird more than 25 yards away so the load used really didn't matter.

Which is the key- the closer the bird, the less important ammo becomes. We hunt in the woods where visibility is limited. Basically, if one can see a bird, it is in range. Typical turkey chokes and ammo is not an advantage and often a disadvantage in these conditions. I used my old lead waterfowl loads for many years with no problems. I might break some out again if I decide to use my dad's A-5 on a turkey.

#13544933 - 02/09/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: Reloader7RM]  
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Originally Posted by Reloader7RM
If you don't mind handloading, 2-3/4" TSS #9s will turn those 2-3/4" rigs into long rang turkey snipers.






That!!!! You can buy them too from Apex. Pricey no doubt but performance is lights out.

#13545182 - 02/09/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: 10gaugemag]  
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Originally Posted by 10gaugemag
Originally Posted by urbaneruralite
Sounds like older guns you might not want to use heavier-than-lead in. TSS will score a barrel if it gets loose from the wad.

Originally Posted by prairie dog shooter
I shoot Federal premium loads with 1 1/8 ounce of copper plated #7&1/2 shot in an 870 full choke.
Got a link for that load?

https://www.sportsmansguide.com/pro...-1-1-8-oz-shotshells-25-rounds?a=1594534

Thanks. I only see that load with 4s and 6s. Will keep an eye for 7.5s. Looks like a good one.


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#13546891 - 02/10/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: woodmaster81]  
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Originally Posted by woodmaster81
A friend has taken three turkeys so far with whatever 1 oz load of #5 shot she had left over from pheasant season. She hasn't fired at a bird more than 25 yards away so the load used really didn't matter.

Which is the key- the closer the bird, the less important ammo becomes. We hunt in the woods where visibility is limited. Basically, if one can see a bird, it is in range. Typical turkey chokes and ammo is not an advantage and often a disadvantage in these conditions. I used my old lead waterfowl loads for many years with no problems. I might break some out again if I decide to use my dad's A-5 on a turkey.



When I first started turkey hunting, I read everything I could get my hands on trying to learn more. I read an article by one of the long time turkey hunters that said that it takes a lot more skill to call one in close and kill it, than it does to make a long shot. I didn't really understand that until I'd been hunting a number of years, but he was right. For a few seasons, I used a 3 1/2 12 gauge Benelli SBE2, and made some long shots. I've since switched to a 20 gauge, and find myself having a much better feeling about it when I kill a bird.

#13548958 - 02/10/19 Re: 2 3/4" 20 Gauge Turkey Loads? [Re: ZKight89]  
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I would go with #6’s.

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