Originally Posted by Broken Brow
Hi, I am new to the forum. Looks like a great site.
I was wondering if there was any interest in long range turkey hunting on this site? I am talking about rigging and patterning shotguns with HTL (heavier than lead) shot for a possible 50-yard shot or more.
To date I have been successful with a 3.5" 12 gauge using 2 1/4 oz #2 lead loads up to 67 yards
(Longest)and lots at 55 to 60 yards.
When using a shotgun I like to talk them in to at least 50 yards but sometimes the hold up (Lots
of hunting pressure) and won't come closer than 60 or 70 yards.
I normally use the #4 shot but have several of the #2 loads handy just in case.
Hear we can use rifles and sometimes have to near the end of the season when they are call shy
But the crowd I hunt with believes that anything under 200 yards and a head shot are not
sporting so If we want to do some long range hunting we chose rifles and make it sporting.
So far no one has wounded one and misses are a source of lots of ridicule, so only high percentage
shots are taken.
I have tried the "Heavy Shot" and found that lead gives better patterns at extended ranges
and will drop them in there tracks. I set my limits at 65 yards and try to stick with it.
The 2 1/4 oz loads are not to easy to find but they can be ordered on line and I try to keep
plenty in hand.
The downside to these loads is recoil. They have plenty, but they are devastating and head shots
are easy with the shot count being high. And you dont have to pick shot out of the meat.
I have killed them with pistol,bow,rifle and shotgun, next is the crossbow (Tack 15)
Just the way I hunt them.
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