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Old 03-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #1
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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?

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Old 03-18-2013, 12:00 AM   #2
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I use 4 though in 3 1/2. I'd use the same with a 3" though.
Shoot his neck out and good luck.

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I like 4s & 6s

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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.

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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
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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.
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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.

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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.
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Which choke would you recommend for Turkey Hunting?

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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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