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#3087189 - 12/19/12 03:53 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: Swamphunter
 Originally Posted By: catman529
I bet that's a good rule, keeps people from bashing others for "unethical" shots.


That's not the reason at all. It's to try to keep the chest beaters from leading inexperienced hunters from taking stupid shots. Plus, 40 yards was always the golden rule of turkey hunters until modern ammo and chokes, and most old turkey hunters still see it as the standard.
makes sense to me
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#3087236 - 12/19/12 04:32 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: ROVERBOY]
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 Originally Posted By: ROVERBOY
I know guys that have Mossberg 835 guns and say they have killed birds at 55-60 yards. I shoot a Mossberg 500 with 3" and have killed at 45 yards. I like to get'em a lot closer than that.

I fall into this category. Started out with a 500 and about 45 was the longest I'd shoot. With the 835 and magblends I can kill them at 60. Killed one at 58 that I ranged after killing him but thought he was around 50. That said IMO one of the best parts of turkey hunting is getting them in close. Whether I kill them then is a moot point as I figure I won regardless. I prefer they be 30 yards and in but like knowing I can kill him out at 60 if he won't come any closer. I've patterned my gun to know exactly what it will do though but again my preference is 30ish and in.
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#3087370 - 12/19/12 06:07 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: chrmayo]
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3 inch for me!
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#3087545 - 12/19/12 07:44 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: ]
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Sorry I did not start this thread to get arguments started about the farthest shots. I was just curious as to who stuck with the 3 inch shells instead of 3.5. Have heard about the 80 yard shots to and think its ridiculous.
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#3087562 - 12/19/12 07:52 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: chrmayo]
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I have been told/read about people getting better patterns with a 3" shell in a 3.5" chamber than using a 3.5" shell.... Try and see what happens....
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#3087574 - 12/19/12 08:04 PM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: Waterfowler22]
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 Originally Posted By: Waterfowler22
3.5 inch 1 and 9/16 shot BB steal shot just wrecks em..... lol..3inch 2 ounce 5 shot,the winchester shells you get at walmart for 9 dollars a box.. 55-60 yards their died.


And, the BB steel would be illegal for TN.
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#3088248 - 12/20/12 09:20 AM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: chrmayo]
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To me 3" patterns better. Ive got no problem pulling the trigger on one out at 45 yards. The best things to do is try different loads and chokes.
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#3088386 - 12/20/12 10:27 AM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: skillet]
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My favorite load ever and ever has been and probably the best that ever will be was the old Remington Hevi-shot. I had an 11-87 with an extra full remington choke and I shot them high-quality green, remington hevi-shots. These were 3'' loads 50-55 yards was not problem and don't care what anyone says about taking long shots.
But anyways, I wish they still made them like that. The new regular Hevi-shot brand Hevi-shot patterns real well, but unless you kill every other time you go the shells become a pain. after so much loading and un-loading, the brass rim gets bummed easy and gets to where they cant eject and even hard to reload. The ends come apart too after a while, allowing that white stuff to get all into the guns action and bbs start coming out.
they shoot great but I hate them and will never use them again because they fall apart.
remington 4x6s patterned really well. Federal Mag-shok lead patterns well. Winchester extended range patterns well. The only load I never have liked are the winchester supremes that cost like 5 dollars a box. They pattern terrible and looked only to be good up to about 25 yards.

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#3088397 - 12/20/12 10:32 AM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: woodsman87]
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And steel shot is illegal, but I do not know why anyone would want to use it. It just passes through the animals while lead goes in and expands and makes shapes and tears way more tissue.
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#3088440 - 12/20/12 10:57 AM Re: 3 inch turkey loads. [Re: woodsman87]
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I have not read anything that said steel shot was illegal to use.... but the shot does have to be #4 or smaller.
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