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outdooraddict 03-17-2013 11:19 PM

Turkey season
 
Turkey season is approaching, I am pumped! This will be my first turkey hunt. I'm using a remington 870 express 12 gauge. It can shoot 2 and 3 quarter shells, 3 in shells and 3 and a half with a super magnum receiver. I have no idea what loads to use. Any suggestions?

CourtJester 03-18-2013 12:00 AM

I use 4 though in 3 1/2. I'd use the same with a 3" though.
Shoot his neck out and good luck.

towboater 03-18-2013 12:34 AM

I like 4s & 6s

Gatoragn 03-18-2013 12:44 AM

I am partial to #4's. You need to pattern your gun before you go hunting. Don't assume your gun will shoot all brands and size shot equally.

My 870 with a Hastings choke shoots Federal ammo flawlessly. Winchester Supreme, not so well, it shoots low and the pattern is like an oval on its side.

You need to know this before you call the bird in, not after he is flying off.

bowhunter17 03-18-2013 12:46 AM

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Originally Posted by CourtJester
I use 4 though in 3 1/2. I'd use the same with a 3" though.
Shoot his neck out and good luck.

What about #2 steel shot

Gatoragn 03-18-2013 12:50 AM

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Originally Posted by bowhunter17 (Post 1180156)
What about #2 steel shot

It should work, steel may be required on some public land. If it will take out a goose, it should take out a turkey.

tri70 03-18-2013 01:39 PM

You need to know what range is needed for best kill shot group. Go buy a few boxes and see what is best at 25,30, even 40 yds.

CourtJester 03-18-2013 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by bowhunter17

What about #2 steel shot

It would work too I guess. I've never used it for turkey. 4 is all I've ever used in my 12 or 10 ga. For turkey. Depends on your choke tube and the range you plan to be your cut off point for a solid kill shot. You really only need one well placed bb for a kill.

Firenailer 03-18-2013 11:06 PM

Which choke would you recommend for Turkey Hunting?

tri70 03-18-2013 11:28 PM

Depends on your kill distance, full is common but you can get extra full for long range and custom model for popular brands. That said I have killed turkey with my 20 ga and #6 shot within 20 yds also same 20 ga killed a coyote while turkey hunting with 3" mag.


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