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#3148723 - 02/01/13 09:14 PM Who still shoots lead?
wwa7
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Ive been shooting HTL(heavier than lead) loads for the past 5 years and have yet to shoot a longbeard over yards. I am really thinkin about going back to copper plated lead over the HTL loads due to price. Ive killed a truck load of gobblers with the old Winchester HV 3.5" 5s... really thinking about saving my money and going back to them. Who still shoots lead?
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#3148750 - 02/01/13 09:43 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: wwa7]
catman529
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I've only ever shot copper plated lead.... Been turkey huntin a couple years and use the win supreme high velocity loads and have killed from 6 yards out to 45 yards and have no intention of switching loads any time soon.
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#3148761 - 02/01/13 09:53 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: catman529]
Setterman
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Me and I don't see me ever changing unless they outlaw it for some reason. I have no issues with copper plated shot killing birds, getting close to 200 hundred longbeards and I see no reason to change.
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#3148768 - 02/01/13 09:56 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: catman529]
Buccaneer
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I shoot Federal flight control wad 3" #5 or #6 lead out of a Mossberg 500 and Benelli Nova with Undertaker choke tubes and have killed turkeys out to 40 yards consistently. I see no reason to shoot HTL loads given the patterns I get from the Federal shells.
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#3148779 - 02/01/13 10:02 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: Setterman]
Wes Parrish
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As I've stated in another thread, I think specialized "turkey" guns, chokes, and shells are highly overrated when it comes to having a successful turkey hunt and/or being an accomplished turkey hunter.

That said, I do believe there is a slight advantage to the HTL shells, just that this advantage is mainly beyond 45 yards, while most good turkey hunters are killing most their turkeys under 35 yards. But even the expensive HTL shells are among the smallest of costs regarding a Spring of turkey hunting. Most of my cost is gasoline, and I can't see not having the best shells for less than the price of a gallon of gas.

So I'm shooting the HTL shells, but wouldn't feel handicapped by going back to lead.

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#3148789 - 02/01/13 10:10 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: Wes Parrish]
Setterman
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 Originally Posted By: Wes Parrish
As I've stated in another thread, I think specialized "turkey" guns, chokes, and shells are highly overrated when it comes to having a successful turkey hunt and/or being an accomplished turkey hunter.

That said, I do believe there is a slight advantage to the HTL shells, just that this advantage is mainly beyond 45 yards, while most good turkey hunters are killing most their turkeys under 35 yards. But even the expensive HTL shells are among the smallest of costs regarding a Spring of turkey hunting. Most of my cost is gasoline, and I can't see not having the best shells for less than the price of a gallon of gas.

So I'm shooting the HTL shells, but wouldn't feel handicapped by going back to lead.


If I was in the business of sniping turkeys at long distances than I might consider it, but I hunt woods and won't shoot past about 30 yards. If a bird hangs up at 40+ than I will let him walk away and try a different approach or let him live to fight another day.

To me turkey hunting is a game of getting a bird to come to my calling, and to come close, 25 yards and in. For me it has nothing to do with killing one in any way other than that. I have zero desire to snipe one, shoot one at a long distance, or ambush one. Maybe if I hadn't killed very many I would push the limits but for me, it is about the game, not so much the kill.

To each their own, and it certainly isn't about the cost. I just have no need to shoot HTL loads. Copper plated #5's eats their face off just fine for me.

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#3148812 - 02/01/13 10:44 PM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: Setterman]
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It depends on my setup and location
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#3148859 - 02/02/13 12:56 AM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: Rockhound]
booth
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After I finish off my win XR I will more than likely go back to lead.
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#3148864 - 02/02/13 04:06 AM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: booth]
Uncle Jesse
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I shot Remington Hevi for several years and still have some left but, I've gone back to lead in 12 gauge. I'm shooting Kent 2 3/4 #5 pheasant loads. They're around $15 for 25 shells and have used them for 3 seasons now. I used the Kent 2 3/4 turkey load for one season and they worked too. If you're a hole counter, these loads won't satisfy.

I have enough hevi shot on hand for the 20 gauge that I won't be shooting any lead in it anytime soon in it.
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#3148915 - 02/02/13 07:20 AM Re: Who still shoots lead? [Re: Uncle Jesse]
tickweed
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Me. Whats it take to kill a turkey? Everythings about extended range. The sport of turkey hunting is callin him up close. Hunt with a bow. Lots more sport.
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