Time to match your turkey ammo & shotgun

For those that can’t wait to get out and put your tag on a Mr. Tom Turkey this April 27th you may want to ensure your gobbler loads and gun will be in harmony.

Todays shotguns with extra tight turkey chokes matched to awesome knock down ammo available your season might likely come down to ONE shot!

Purchasing a box of 10 rounds in 2003 of duplex loads of 4×6 in 1 5/8 oz loads lasted me though the 2007 turkey season.  The first two rounds were patterned and the remaining eight rounds  were used to shoot gobblers over the next following spring seasons.

It was sad to see my ammo box empty in 2008.  That was short lived as my new Browning Citori with a H.S. Undertaker extra full choke and a Browning full choke in the other barrel would be used on wile Tom Easterns.

Purchasing a two boxes of 10 rounds of Winchester 3 inch Hevi Shot in #5 – 1 3/4 oz  and #6 shot sizes loads I knew the gobblers would be in trouble anywhere within 50 yards.

With Redhead gobbler targets set up from 20- 50 yards I proceeded to pattern  each load in each barrel.

patterened loads

Get your buddies together, buy a few different brands of shot-shells, and some targets then have some fun and  pattern your shotgun.

Looser buys the beverage of your choice!

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As an avid lifelong angler and hunter, Peter’s outdoor knowledge and experiences keep expanding through his hundreds of hours of hunting and fishing podcast interviews with like minded experts. He has received numerous national writing awards. With thousands of outdoor pictures on Ripple Outdoors and many full-length articles with outdoor magazine and video clips you might say that he not only enjoys his outdoor lifestyle, but he’s quite the fanatic! In 2015 he earned fifth overall on the King of the Wood Contest hosted by Canada In The Rough team, pretty good for a baby boomer deer hunter. His buck was also one of the top bucks taken that season. Through Peter’s deer hunting seminars or by attending outdoor trade shows, like the Toronto Sportsmen Show and The SWOC Big Buck Show, he has connected with thousands of like minded people that love hunting and fishing. As a volunteer or member of local and national outdoor groups like QDMA, SWOC, Outdoor Writers of Canada, Archery Trade Show Association he continues to learn and hone his craft. Read his many articles, listen to his podcasts and rifle through thousands of photos on Ripple Outdoors. Discover Peter’s latest posts about outdoor gear, destinations, how to articles and interviews and you’ll be a better angler and hunter for the experience.

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