August 26, 2019
By Brian Lovett
For years, turkey geeks have obsessed about patterns, pellet counts and downrange energy.
That all went into overdrive with the mainstream introduction of high-performing tungsten-based heavier-than-lead shot options.
Suddenly, folks consider .410s and 28 gauges to be legitimate turkey killers — with Nos. 7, 8 or 9 shot. But this is no fad. Modern heavier-than-lead ammo performs at the range and in the woods.
Check out these top choices:
Featuring TSS, the densest shot on the market, these loads deliver twice as many pellets on target and 50-percent deeper penetration (in a 20-inch circle at 60 yards vs #5 lead loads).Available in 12- and 20-gauge loads of Nos. 7 and 9 shot, plus .410 bore in No. 9 shot. $28–$48
Federal has five new 12- and 20-gauge turkey offerings, including blended loads that combine Nos. 7 and 9 or 8 and 10 TSS shot. Some payloads top 1,000 pellets, and TSS is 56 percent denser than lead, resulting in deadly patterns and maximum energy at extreme ranges. $40–$64
This tungsten-based turkey load has No. 6 tungsten pellets layered over heavier-than-steel Hevi-X No. 5 tungsten pellets, plus a higher launch speed. That produces 50 percent more energy than conventional No. 6 lead and puts more lethal pellets on target. $17
Available in various gauges and shot sizes, this ammo uses 18g/cc tungsten super shot, providing impressive downrange energy and thick, consistent patterns. $35–$63