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best 2 3/4" turkey load #6524296
04/23/19 09:58 PM
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I have a Rem 870 12ga I would like to shoot a turkey with. It is a 2 3/4" only receiver with a fixed full choke. I understand that this gun may not have to range or pattern of turkey specific shotguns, but what shell would you use if you were hunting with it?


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524310
04/23/19 10:10 PM
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Originally Posted by robert.d12
I have a Rem 870 12ga I would like to shoot a turkey with. It is a 2 3/4" only receiver with a fixed full choke. I understand that this gun may not have to range or pattern of turkey specific shotguns, but what shell would you use if you were hunting with it?



I hunt with the exact same gun with a 30" vent rib barrel chambered for 2 3/4" shells.

I would use Winchester Long-beards #5's which have a muzzle velocity of 1,300 feet per second.

That's what I use and It kills them quite dead out to 40 yards.

good luck.

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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524327
04/23/19 10:31 PM
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Call the gobbler in and you can kill it with anything from a dove load and up. Short magnum #6 would be my favorite.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524342
04/23/19 10:41 PM
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i would use tss but winchester longbeards and hevishot would both work


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524398
04/24/19 01:12 AM
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depends what shot patterns best I had the best patterns with 2 3/4 mag #5 shot 4's were thin and 6s were doughnuts


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524442
04/24/19 06:26 AM
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I shoot 3 inch but I have a great pattern with heavy shot #6s. They're pretty pricy though so they're not something I would buy to test the pattern on until they're onsale


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524446
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I use a Remington 870 for turkeys. After extensive pattern testing years ago I discovered that, for whatever reason, there was always a hole in the center of almost all 3Ē loads. The ammo that patterned consistently the best for me was 2 3/4Ē Winchester Double X Turkey Loads with #6 copper-plated shot.

Iíd like to call my turkeys in as closest possible but Iíve killed hung up Tomís out to 40 yards with those shells. Iíve been using them for a long time and Iíve killed 90% of the turkeys with them.

I used Remingtonís X-Full turkey choke for many years but switched some years ago to another extra full choke that gave me a slightly better pattern.


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524483
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Long beards. Num 5 or 6. Im in a blind now trying to get a bird with my grandfathers old stevens 12ga double barrel. I loaded up a batch of 1 3/8 oz of nickel plated num 6 that pattern really well
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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524494
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I shoot a 2 3/4 Ithaca 37. Years ago I crunched the numbers and did a summer's worth of patterning. Based on needing enough retained energy per individual pellet to ensure complete penetration/pass thru of a turkeys head plus patterns I settled on Remington #5. 4 has the best energy but not enough pellets to pattern well, 6 runs out out steam at around 30 yards but patterns well. Five retained energy to a little over 35 and patterned to forty.
This was pre hevishot but I'm told that you can drop down a shot size due to better energy numbers.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524619
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Savage 77 E here. I just use high brass #6, works for me some at over 40 yards.......jk


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524633
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I have a Browning Semi-auto 2 3/4". I have killed several toms and don't believe you need to buy expensive turkey loads. I loaded my own shells with 1 1/2 oz of #4 shot. The longest shot I made was 36 yards, the closest was 24 yards. Killed every turkey in it's tracks.


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524661
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Originally Posted by robert.d12
I have a Rem 870 12ga I would like to shoot a turkey with. It is a 2 3/4" only receiver with a fixed full choke. I understand that this gun may not have to range or pattern of turkey specific shotguns, but what shell would you use if you were hunting with it?


This gun is everything you need for turkey hunting. If I were picking it up and hunting with it, I'd buy the following 2-3/4" boxes of shells - 1 Winchester XR #5's, 1 Federal copper plated #6's, 1 Remington Premier #4's. 1 shot each at 10, 20, 30, 35 & 40. Best pattern wins. Each is sub $15 /box and all come in 10rd+ boxes.


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524733
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i found that only have two turkey shells left. anyone know of any 2 3/4" heavier than lead loads? always used 2 3/4" shells but looks like might have to get 3" shell now to get what i want. switched to heavier than lead years ago and doubt that i'm going back to lead. shells i've got are so old it was when hevi-shot was loaded by remington. don't see where remington or winchester make any heavier than lead options so looks like my only options are federal with tss or hevi-13 but seems everything is in 3" loads now.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524744
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I would recommend you do some reading and find the proper way to pattern a shot gun and go from there. That being said I tried some of the new heavy shot 5,6,7ís out of my 835 and had the best ďturkey ď pattern Iíve ever seen out of that gun .
Good luck ,
Don

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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6524751
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I have had great luck with Winchester supreme HV now the longbeard in #5 seems to work in most guns. I am intrigued by the TSS loads though. Hard hitting and phenomenal shot on target count due to the fact they are using #8 or 9 shot that has the density of much larger shot, but the advantage of the higher shot count.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: BigBlackBirds] #6524818
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apex, nitro company , browning(which is winchester shells) all load tss. the brownings are below par. nitro is extremely expensive. apex is a great shooter if you can find it. the new hevi-13 is not what old hevi shot was but it does pattern good.

Originally Posted by BigBlackBirds
i found that only have two turkey shells left. anyone know of any 2 3/4" heavier than lead loads? always used 2 3/4" shells but looks like might have to get 3" shell now to get what i want. switched to heavier than lead years ago and doubt that i'm going back to lead. shells i've got are so old it was when hevi-shot was loaded by remington. don't see where remington or winchester make any heavier than lead options so looks like my only options are federal with tss or hevi-13 but seems everything is in 3" loads now.


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Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: skippyturtle] #6525317
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Originally Posted by skippyturtle
apex, nitro company , browning(which is winchester shells) all load tss. the brownings are below par. nitro is extremely expensive. apex is a great shooter if you can find it. the new hevi-13 is not what old hevi shot was but it does pattern good.

Originally Posted by BigBlackBirds
i found that only have two turkey shells left. anyone know of any 2 3/4" heavier than lead loads? always used 2 3/4" shells but looks like might have to get 3" shell now to get what i want. switched to heavier than lead years ago and doubt that i'm going back to lead. shells i've got are so old it was when hevi-shot was loaded by remington. don't see where remington or winchester make any heavier than lead options so looks like my only options are federal with tss or hevi-13 but seems everything is in 3" loads now.



Thanks. Those Apex look like what I'm looking for.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6525345
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Best turkey load is?

NOT SHOOTING MORE THAN TWENTY YARDS!!!!

Killed a truckload of turkeys, all of them but one under seven paces. Most well under.

Re: best 2 3/4" turkey load [Re: robert.d12] #6525380
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I shoot a 70s era model 1100. I use 8 shot dove loads. I haven't had one run away yet.


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