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I was hunting with a 10 lb Pardner 10 ga 3.5“ single shot, pushing 2 1/4 oz #6 lead shot. Heavy & BRUTAL recoil, but it was an honest 50 yd killer. Others on this site convinced me to try TSS in a smaller gauge. Bought a $200 Stevens 301 camo 20 ga SS at Bass Pro, with the TSS designed screw in choke that came on it. At 50 yards, the 1 1/2 oz load of #9 TSS was devastating. Very, very tight pattern & shot completely through my 1/4“ plywood patterning board. Based on that pattern & penetration it would kill 100% of turkeys (if you did your part) at least 10 yds further.…maybe 20. I have no intention of shooting that far, but could if I wanted to.

As others have set, without an aiming device you could miss. I put a 2x7 Burris mini scope I already owned and a hammer extension on mine. I sighted it in at 25 yards with 7/8 oz of lead 8s until the last two rounds at 50 with #9 TSS to fine tune it. A red dot might be more practical. This gun is way lighter, kicks way less, and kills further than the 10ga, which I sold to pay for the 20 ga, a $50 box of 5 Federal TSS shells, a pair of Weaver rings, and a camo sling, with enough left over to buy several boxes of those pricey shells. .
 

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I’ve been testing my little 20ga O/U this past week with various chokes
Sumtoy .562
Sumtoy .580
Trulock .590
Trulock .601

The loads I’ve tried
Federal TSS #9s
Apex #9s
Apex ol’ Tom blend #8/#10 blend
Fiocchi Golden Turkey TSS #9s
Remington Nitro turkey #5s lead
Winchester Double Xs #5s lead
Fiocchi golden pheasant #6s nickel plated lead
Remington surshot heavy dove #6 shot

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I’ve been testing my little 20ga O/U this past week with various chokes
Sumtoy .562
Sumtoy .580
Trulock .590
Trulock .601

The loads I’ve tried
Federal TSS #9s
Apex #9s
Apex ol’ Tom blend #8/#10 blend
Fiocchi Golden Turkey TSS #9s
Remington Nitro turkey #5s lead
Winchester Double Xs #5s lead
Fiocchi golden pheasant #6s nickel plated lead
Remington surshot heavy dove #6 shot

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That's a good looking O/U!

Meadow creek mount? How do you like it?
 

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Other than spending lots of money on ammo what else did you find out ?
Lol it is pricey but a lot of the lead loads have been cheap. I hoarded a lot of loads over the past few years. The apex ol tom 8/10 blend patterned the best. Not a huge difference from .562 to .580. The big jump is from .590 to .601. Lead loads at 20 would work just fine, but tss is king at long and short range. I really like tinkering with loads and chokes.
 

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After to show the core pattern despite where the point of aim is. It actually shot a little left because of the 25 mph wind. Thankfully I had the backer.
That's good info to know.. I use to laugh back when specialty chokes and ammo started becoming a thing at the guys who would brag about how dense their patterns were but their point of impact would be 8 inches high and 6 inches left..
 

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I’ve been testing my little 20ga O/U this past week with various chokes
Sumtoy .562
Sumtoy .580
Trulock .590
Trulock .601

The loads I’ve tried
Federal TSS #9s
Apex #9s
Apex ol’ Tom blend #8/#10 blend
Fiocchi Golden Turkey TSS #9s
Remington Nitro turkey #5s lead
Winchester Double Xs #5s lead
Fiocchi golden pheasant #6s nickel plated lead
Remington surshot heavy dove #6 shot

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Nice! How well do the barrels regulate on that OU?
 
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