I've hit turkeys dead to rights with #5's, #6's and had them not receive lethal hits. I've had turkeys suddenly find new life as I was walking up on them. Talk about frustating:smack: I've patterned my loads and everything but sometimes you can have holes in the pattern. Also people who don't have a super full choke turkey gun sometimes find this more effective. A good load of #4's works well also, just not as far. I don't see it wasting more meat, the holes are large but spaced apart. I aim for the base of the neck, and haven't had a turkey even twitch since I switched.I promise not to start a fight, but I have to ask, why would you choose to body shoot them?
Personally I find it wastes a lot of great meat, that they stand a better chance of getting away (guess #2 might be the answer to that), and that it is just a lot more challenging and fun to shoot them in that bright red and white target God gave them.
As noted I did pattern my gun and he was well within range. If you don't hit brain or spine that turkey will fly off. Most of the time 5's or 6's are effective, i used them for years with no problem. But sometimes problems occur. And you would have to understand how frustrating it was to watch that bird fly off after spending 4 hours working him.You didn't hit them dead to rights or they were too far out of range. With today's loads, or even good old copper plated 6s, anything inside 35 yds is dead meat with a head shot. You have to know your pattern, abilities, and know how far is too far to shoot.
That's exactly why I know I'm not dangerous with #2 shot. And I'm not worried about me identifying my target, I'm worried about the guys rushing in identifying me. I've had shot go 3 feet over my head because of something like this.Whatever happened to "Positively identify your target before pulling the trigger"??
I agree, those Hevi-Shot #6's do a great job, my only complaint is since they are denser than lead, it takes less shot to equal the same amount of lead. That being said, I do love Hevi-Shot and believe the denser shot more than makes up for less pellets in the downrange energy they deliver.I'm with you on all that.
I will say that the newer shot out there like Hevi-shot and the Winchester Extended Shot will make those #6's kill like #4's in copperplated lead. Just something to consider.
For what it is worth I shoot Winchester Extendeds in #6 out of a Primos Jellyhead. Took a while to find a combo I was satisfied with, but oh man, does it do the job.
I agree with that, whick is why after my first year turkey hunting I left the 3.5's at home. More shot but seemed to have a lot of "flyers". The Hevi-Shot patterns much tighter anyway even with the same choke.I've found that the fewer pellets make absolutely no difference, as a matter of fact they are much better at patterning. Two reasons...1. less bumb and grind going on as the get down the barrel and out into the shot string. Helps prevent flyers. 2. More velocity holds that shot string together longer providing for tighter patterns.