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I’m an old-time turkey hunter. Never used anything but lead 6’s. Someone school me on all these different loads with birdshot. Does it take a unique choke for these exotic metals? I’m still using a 12 ga. Any info is appreciated.
 

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Not to hijack your thread - somewhat related - but did they quit making Longbeard XR 3.5” in 6 shot? I can find 4s and 5s but no 6.

Longbeard XR was good performer for the money. I can’t justify the money for TSS in my 12g.

My son shoots 3” TSS #9 out of his 20g and it’s pretty deadly.
 

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And worth every penny.
To be fair I didn’t pattern mine. I bought a box of 12 and 20 g. Have shot 1 shell of each. My son and I both laid the hammer down with factory choke at about 40 yards. I videoed my sons. We were in an elevated deer stand. The cloud of dust (showing the pattern) that kicked up behind my son’s turkey was wild.
 

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I’m still not convinced they are worth the $ in a 12g. $5 per shell and I would agree. $10 per shell and I think they are overpriced.
I thought this too initially, but realistically how many shots does the average hunter take at a turkey annually? I set aside a handful of days each year to turkey hunt and I kill 1 turkey every couple years. Amortize that out and it’s pretty manageable for most. ;)

the key is not being one of those pattern nuts. People have “blown” that money for you. Put in a full choke and get some 8’s or 9’s and go hunt.
 

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A turkey hunter spends so much time and money on equipment to get that shot... I'm willing to pay that 5 extra dollars to make sure all of my preparation doesn't end in me running after an injured bird. And if you shoot at enough of them with lead, it's going to happen. For me personally, they are too hard to come by to take a chance of losing one. One is too many.
 

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I would suggest shooting the gun with TSS loads before you go out. The patterns can be extremely tight at 20-30 yds. I have 2 20ga guns set up with TSS. Mine has a scope and my wife has a red dot. With mine the POI did not change. It doesn't change with Long beard, Hevishot or TSS. My wife gun changes POI several inches with different loads. It would have made a difference at 20-30 yds.
 
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