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GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 9:03 am
by goosekiller
I know - the title sounds like the description of a pretty disappointing porn flick.

What are my turkey hunting brethren using to slay their birds this year?

I tried a couple 3-1/2" Fed loads with 2 oz. of 6 shot out of my Benelli Nova the other day. The factory full choke gave me a nice pattern at thirty yards but it was pretty hard to hold the barrel down - not to mention the mule kick to my anticipating shoulder. All of that equals shooting high in my book. It would help if i put that mercury deal in my stock, but have not done so yet. I believe that i will shoot 3" instead. I am gettin' freakin' old, apparently. What have you had good luck with?

Re: GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:21 am
by curtism1234
I use a turkey choke but truth be told it's not much tighter than a full choke.
I shoot more birds on the run than standing still, so the baseball sized groups at 50 yards are a waste IMO

I like the 3 1/2" winchester supremes 6's but my remington 870 does not like the cycle them - the brass is made a little different. So I often put the Winchester in the barrel followed by two 3" Federal 6's

Either round will kill a bird at 50 yards

Re: GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:08 pm
by Mason
I have yet to find a turkey load I or my shotgun actually like.

Re: GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:17 pm
by curtism1234
What loads have you tried?

A lot of people are having problems with the 3 1/2" shells because there is too much shot in them. Going down to 3" or 2 3/4" sometimes yields better results.

Re: GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:28 pm
by goosekiller
curtism1234 wrote: A lot of people are having problems with the 3 1/2" shells because there is too much shot in them. Going down to 3" or 2 3/4" sometimes yields better results.
Too much shot equals too much powder equals too much recoil equals anticipation/flinching. Not good. I believe i will shoot three inchers this spring.

Re: GOBBLER Loads/Chokes

Posted: Mon Mar 29, 2010 1:33 pm
by curtism1234
Damn, that reminds me I need to sight my rifle sites in again. I took them off for rabbit season :? :? :?

I always use the low brass field loads to get dialed in before I get out the big guns :mrgreen: