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Old 02-15-2010, 04:21 AM
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Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

Maverick 88 with a Wilson .650 choke.Winchester Hv turkey loads #5 1 3/4 oz @

1300 fps @ 40 yards 10" circle









Dont laugh @ my first circle .I was excited after shooting and my hand was not steady








Black one is a 3" HV turkey load #5 shot the red is a 3.5" 18 00b



My maverick 88 with .650 Wilson choke top gun is a stoeger p-350.The 88 is one of the smoothest pump's your can buy.well at least i think so anyway
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:45 AM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

I would recomend getting a target with a full size turkeys head on it and try that
because even though you may have a good shot count for a 10" circle you are
looking for a uniform pattern density (No holes large enough for the turkeys head
or neck to go UN damaged.

With the turkey head target you can also pick the best aiming point. I like to aim at
the head so I don't shoot up the breast. some aim at the center of the neck so they
get as many shot in the turkey as possible. but with 2 1/4 oz loads that is not a problem
for me.

Some times different brands of shotgun shells can produce better shot densities
than others in the same choke. also shot size can greatly effect the pattern densities

I tried every brand of turkey loads on a turkey target and found a huge difference
and even though I may prefer one brand over I will always pick the best in my shot
gun with the chokes I have.

Buy doing this I have extended my effective range from 45 yards to 65yards and that
can be important later in the season.

Good luck and give it a try.

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Old 02-15-2010, 06:10 PM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

Got to love those HV's. They are the only one that works in my Benelli's. That pattern is pretty good.

I've taken one bird at more than 30 yards(45) and that was because he had wooped me for 2 years and the shot was as good as I felt I was ever going to get.

No need for 65 yard shots(and no malice intended with that comment). I think you are ready to go as far as I'm concerned.

Heck, the testing and preparation are the best part of turkey hunting.

Have fun, Grin
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Old 02-17-2010, 07:26 PM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

I finally made the switch last year to Hevi. and I'm glad I did...Got another 10yds of effective range (should I ever need it) and a nice even spread with a Primos ported. Too bad they won't hold still and let you to put in the cheap 2.75" lead when you have the easy 15yd shots right??
I still can't get over the $$$ of the new stuff though. It's almost laughable what you pay for 5 rounds. I'm glad 10 rounds last me several years
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Old 02-18-2010, 12:10 AM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

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Originally Posted by J E Custom View Post
I would recomend getting a target with a full size turkeys head on it and try that because even though you may have a good shot count for a 10" circle you are looking for a uniform pattern density (No holes large enough for the turkeys head or neck to go UN damaged.
Great recommendation. How about a free one? Click here to download one you can print for yourself:

http://www.remington.com/~/media/Files/Targets/turkeytarget.ashx
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:45 AM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

i wen to bind typed in turkey target and printed lol .the new hevi-shot mangum blend in 3.5" has a layer of cottons seeds for buffer....... i seen where a guy on oldgobbler did a review and cut it open and walla cotton seeds.If i was going to pay $$$ id buy winchesters longe range hd .Hell i seen that pattern at 90 yards .Lead just more suited for the type of hunting/shooting i do
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Old 02-18-2010, 05:59 AM
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Re: Is my pattern good enough?For turkey season

oh yeah i hope to move on to 3.5" 2 3/8 oz nickel plated turkey loads there made my fioochi
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