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#3854730 - 11/28/14 07:45 PM Ammo choices
stringtalker
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Ive always been a 20 gauge man, but they just aint many options for the turkey hunter ammo wise in 20 gauge. So im lookn to buy me a pump twelve. I like a short gun so i really like the escort pump home defense edition. Only thing is i will need to have it threaded for choke tubes but thats no big deal. I dont like the heavy recoil that a twelve throws out there so i was going to set it up to shoot 2 3/4 shells. The new winchester rooster xr will probably be the ammo, does anybody else shoot 2 3/4 shells for turkey? What do you all use?
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#3854993 - 11/29/14 07:01 AM Re: Ammo choices [Re: stringtalker]
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If you're worried about recoil I'd stay with a 20-gauge but if you're dead set on a 12 get an auto and it won't kick as much. I shoot a Remington 870 with 3 1/2's so not sure what options are out there for 2 3/4. In my sons 20 he shoots 3" Winchester supreme 5's and it patterns good and kill em graveyard dead all day.
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#3855696 - 11/29/14 07:45 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: Gravey]
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I've killed a bunch with 2 3/4" lead #5's. you're not reaching out past 35 yards much, but you can kill the poop out of one inside 35.

A 12 ga 2 3/4 load should have 1 1/2 oz of shot I would think, where most 20's have 1 oz

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#3855703 - 11/29/14 07:51 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: Setterman]
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Try some htl 7's in the 20.
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#3855832 - 11/29/14 09:09 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: smstone22]
stringtalker
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 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Try some htl 7's in the 20.
Thats what i use now, the federal heavyweights #7's. But thats what im trying to get away from because at $22-$25 dollars for 5 rounds is a little bit rediculous. Every time the gun goes bang that $5 dollars and i aint gettn rich anytime soon. They just aint worth it to me when all i gotta do is change guns, lol.
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#3855847 - 11/29/14 09:16 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: stringtalker]
Gravey
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 Originally Posted By: stringtalker
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Try some htl 7's in the 20.
Thats what i use now, the federal heavyweights #7's. But thats what im trying to get away from because at $22-$25 dollars for 5 rounds is a little bit rediculous. Every time the gun goes bang that $5 dollars and i aint gettn rich anytime soon. They just aint worth it to me when all i gotta do is change guns, lol.

How much will you spend on a gun, choke, etc? Now how many $5 shells can you buy for that? Just playing devils advocate here that when you look at it this way those $5 shells are cheap.
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#3855859 - 11/29/14 09:23 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: stringtalker]
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 Originally Posted By: stringtalker
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Try some htl 7's in the 20.
Thats what i use now, the federal heavyweights #7's. But thats what im trying to get away from because at $22-$25 dollars for 5 rounds is a little bit rediculous. Every time the gun goes bang that $5 dollars and i aint gettn rich anytime soon. They just aint worth it to me when all i gotta do is change guns, lol.


Shell cost is nothing compared to the costs of fuel, time, etc.

I buy my shells for $20 for 10. I kill plenty of turkeys with old school lead, no need for the high dollar loads imo

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#3856206 - 11/30/14 10:03 AM Re: Ammo choices [Re: Gravey]
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 Originally Posted By: Gravey
 Originally Posted By: stringtalker
 Originally Posted By: smstone22
Try some htl 7's in the 20.
Thats what i use now, the federal heavyweights #7's. But thats what im trying to get away from because at $22-$25 dollars for 5 rounds is a little bit rediculous. Every time the gun goes bang that $5 dollars and i aint gettn rich anytime soon. They just aint worth it to me when all i gotta do is change guns, lol.

How much will you spend on a gun, choke, etc? Now how many $5 shells can you buy for that? Just playing devils advocate here that when you look at it this way those $5 shells are cheap.
I dont spend alot of money on guns, or gas, or anything, i cant afford it. And $5 a shell is high, me and my wife live off off $1352.00 a month!!! Dont think you would pay $5 a shell either. When your not as fortunate as others you learn to survive, not live, so thank God above you can work and provide. Im not able to hunt enough to worry about it, dont know why i fool with it, i do what i can do, God bless!!!
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#3856575 - 11/30/14 04:50 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: stringtalker]
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I don't blame ya, I refuse to shoot $5 shells also! But, if ya got money, buy a really good recoil pad and step up to 3 inch. Much better choices for ammo when you step up to 3 inch and with a slightly better recoil pad you will never feel it.
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#3856770 - 11/30/14 07:28 PM Re: Ammo choices [Re: deerchaser007]
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Although I shoot expensive shells at turkeys, I can understand being unwilling to spend $5+ on a single shell. However, even if you buy an economical shotgun, you are going to have to shoot a whole lot of turkeys with $.50 shells to pay for your new gun.
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