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#3191727 - 03/13/13 01:38 PM Old Federal #7.5 shot
Bigg E
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Does anyone here have any experience with the old Federal 3" 2oz 7.5 turkey loads? I have a box and thought about seeing how they shoot in my sons' guns. I thought they would be good for 35 yards or less and might give them a little wiggle room if I can get a large dense pattern out of them.
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#3191786 - 03/13/13 02:32 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: Bigg E]
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Which gun will your son be shooting them out of Bigg E?? I have 2 boxes and have some experience with them.
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#3191813 - 03/13/13 02:55 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: CAMARO12]
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My 13 yr old has an 835 and the 11 yr old has a 535. I have some Extended Range they will shoot on refuges but they will be hunting where they can shoot lead next weekend. I just thought the extra shot count might prevent a miss at close range since the Extened Range shoots pretty tight. I would rather teach them to call a turkey in close than get them caught up in patterns and 50 yard turkey guns.
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#3191817 - 03/13/13 02:58 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: Bigg E]
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My experience is with Remingtons. What size and brand choke tubes do they have for each gun?
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#3191825 - 03/13/13 03:08 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: CAMARO12]
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I have a Mad Max, Jellyhead and a couple of others for the 835 since I have one myself. I only have an extended waterfowl choke for the 535 that is between a mod. and full which may shoot the Extended Range without being too tight. Did you kill any turkeys with the 7.5? I guess I am just a little skeptical of the smaller shot.
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#3191826 - 03/13/13 03:12 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: Bigg E]
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If the 2 ounce #7.5's you have are the Federal Premiums, they're traveling @ 1200 fps. That's enough velocity to kill a turkey out to 40 yards if choked properly. What is the constriction size of your 835 chokes?
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#3191841 - 03/13/13 03:27 PM Re: Old Federal #7.5 shot [Re: CAMARO12]
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Yeah, they are the old gold box Federal Premium. I'm pretty sure the Mad Max is a .695 and the Jellyhead is .690.
I have to get out and shoot them this weekend and see what we have. I have lots of other shells but they are mostly 3.5" and I hate for them to shoot those, especially out of the 535. I shot a 2.25 oz Federal out of it and WOW, that thing is light and will jar your teeth. I may have to pick up some other loads or chokes next week for the 535.


Edited by Bigg E (03/13/13 03:51 PM)

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