Turkey hunters expect more than a punch in the shoulder when we pull the trigger. We expect a flopping gobbler, the perfect ending to a perfect hunt. That doesn’t always happen, though. The rush of nerves sometimes gets the better of us. We lift our heads, slap the trigger or we just blow the entire shot.
We certainly can’t blame a miss on the gun or the load. Just as gun makers build specialized shotguns designed just for turkey hunting, shotshell manufacturers offer a variety of shells made just for the turkey woods. Run a few through your gun to see how they perform on paper and then take the best one into the woods. Aim straight, squeeze the trigger and you’ve got yourself a gobbler.
- Turkey loads kick. There’s no way around it. That recoil is one reason some hunters, particularly new or smaller-framed hunters, miss. Federal’s Heavyweight LR take some of the punch of each shot without sacrificing killing power. They have nearly half the recoil of standard Heavyweight loads, but still travel at 1,300 fps at the muzzle. The 2 ¾-inch 12-gauge shells are packed with 1 ¼ ounces of #6 or 7 tungsten-based shot; the 20-gauge shells are also 2 ¾ inches and are packed with 1 1/8 ounces of #7 shot. Price: $25 per box of 5
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