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Turkey gun - hunting with 2 3/4 inch gun and shell combination?

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16 minutes ago, BillCarson said:

Anyone hunting turkey with a 2 3/4 inch gun and shell combination? Me, I am going to pattern my old H&R.

I hunt turkey with a 870 using 2 3/4" hevi shot turkey blend. They pattern nice and you can reach out with them better that any other shell that I have come across. BUT THEY ARE EXPENSIVE !!

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2 3/4 #4's = turkey cutlets

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I have shot birds with 2-3/4",3" and 3-1/2". 2-3/4" is fine and can shot 40 yds effectively. To me turkey hunting is to call them as close as possible.

20 hours ago, MGHunter66 said:

2 3/4” load of #6 will do them no problem, unless you’re like some of the guys on here that need 60yrd patterns LOL


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On 3/3/2019 at 7:25 PM, Swamprat said:

If my boys tag out early and if I get out I'll be taking my dad's Stevens 311 12ga. Will probably have 5s in the mod barrel and 4s in the full barrel. 


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10 hours ago, Foggy Mountain said:

Hello fellas. This is my first post so no one knows me but I’d like to add something to this. 

For starters 50 yards w 2-3/4” #4s would not be a great idea. #4 already has less shot and pattern density would be less commonly w many holes. 2-3/4” only add to that. 

Not gonna tell guys what to do but we need to realize effective range for any weapon. There’s a point where our pattern density becomes too thin for shooting. That needs to be decided. The game deserves our best not a gamble. 

Federal makes TSS they’re actually much denser than hevi shot n a bit more expensive. You can lower the cost of that rolling them yourself but you’d still be looking at prob 6 bucks a shell. Beats Federals 10 bucks though. Hevi actually isn’t much denser (heavier) than lead. 

Course we could always just call em closer and use lead. Learn effective w whatever you decide and stay within that. One other thing many don’t realize, turkey loads, especially overly tight load/choke combos often shoot off poa. You need sights to get poa and poi the same. To check you’d need a large sheet of paper to see where whole load hits. If guys know this forgive me

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