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#2819234 - 05/01/12 02:29 PM Near or Far?
Knothead
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Just curious.......
what is the longest and the closest distance from which you have ever taken a Tom ?

For me, the closest was 11 yds.
The longest was 72 yds. Thats right! I know you may find that hard to believe, but I did have a witness that day. Prior to that day, my longest was at 52 yds.
These were all with a Mossberg 835 UltiMag with # 5 Winchester Supremes, 3" Mag, and Jelly Head choke.

I prefer a shot at 20 to 30 yds, as that is the best pattern from my gun.

Lotta folks bad mouth the 835, but I can tell ya, it is a deadly weapon on those wary Toms!!
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#2819244 - 05/01/12 02:42 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Knothead]
Grizzly Johnson Moderator
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This may go downhill fast.....

Newcomers to the sport may read this thread and think because some guns can do it, theirs can too.... resulting in wounded & lost birds. They may not take the time to test & pattern loads to see what shoots the best in their gun..... or even shoot it to check POA/POI, which is about like taking a bore-sighted rifle to the deer woods and expecting to kill a deer.

But for the sake of asking, why would you shoot a turkey @ 72 yards, especially with lead shot?



Mine is 15 steps for the closest with #5 lead & 48 paces with Hevi-13 #6 handloads.
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#2819247 - 05/01/12 02:49 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
cruff10
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I've shot 1 at 60 steps.....2 at 55 steps, both Dead when I got there. closest at 30.

All my long shots were last chance, messed with them for a couple of hours and was the closest they would come.

I shoot a benelli nova mad maxx choke with Remington Premium Turkey Load #5...the $15 box.

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#2819248 - 05/01/12 02:51 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: cruff10]
nate17
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8 yds, 58 yds
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#2819256 - 05/01/12 02:55 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
Andy S.
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Closest was 7-8 of my steps, furthest was 61 of my steps (approx 55 yards based on my stride). Both in woods with 3.5" Win HV #4 lead shells. I aimed just above beard for the closest shot (to reduce likelihood of missing) and I misjudged the 61 step shot one afternoon. I thought he was about 50 or so steps. I remember both very vividly. These are both extreme cases as I much prefer a 25-35 yard shot.
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#2819257 - 05/01/12 03:00 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Andy S.]
catman529
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6 yards and 23 yards. Stepped off, no rangefinder. All using win supreme high velocity 3" 5 or 6 shot. H&R pump 12 ga 28" barrel. Not the best patterns but sure does kill em.
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#2819259 - 05/01/12 03:02 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: catman529]
Setterman
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Near - 4 steps, way too freaking close.

Far- hate to admit it, but smoked one years ago at 60 steps in a cotton field that pushed me over the edge after 7 hours of waiting for him to come closer. Other than that, I haven't shot one past 40.

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#2819263 - 05/01/12 03:05 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Setterman]
catman529
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7 hours? Man I'd have shot him after 3 hours, who cares if some call me unethical, I only take a shot I'm comfortable with anyway and haven't even shot one yet at 30 yards. But if I were a better shot and had a better choke/shell setup, I'd take the farther shot if he made me wait that long.
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#2819264 - 05/01/12 03:06 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Setterman]
SEC
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I once killed a longbeard that was so close that even the wad went through his head.
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#2819295 - 05/01/12 03:39 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: SEC]
LB FANATIC
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close 5 steps... agree w/Setterman, way to close, but he was on a beeline to me when he broke around a blow down.

far 52 of my steps.. I calculate 12 steps is about 10 yards..
I would call this the extent of my "sure" kill range..
Winchester super X2 28" barrel- Truglo gobble stopper - 3.5" win #5
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