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Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby TNDuckHunter1 » Tue Mar 30, 2010 4:23 am

I see a lot of people saying their choke is great but that depends on their definition.

Since Turkey season is just a few days away, I will ask about turkey chokes for now. How many pellets do you like to see in a 6 inch circle and X yards.

I just shot my new M2000 with the 22 inch barrel and the turkey choke provided.

I am shooting Remington 3'' Nitro Turkey 1 7/8 #4
25 yards 23 pellets in 6'' circle over turkey head target
40 yards 11 pellets in same
50 yards 5 pellets in same

If your choke holds a great pattern in your Stoeger or Benelli, please let me know what kind you have.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby REDGUN » Wed Mar 31, 2010 10:30 am

I am more into waterfowl hunting than turkey hunting, but here is my 2 cents.

From what I gather from other websites, most turkey hunters count pellets in a 10" circle. The acceptable "turky killing number" in the 10" circle is 100 at what ever distance you plan to shoot.

We patterned some Tungsten Super Shot reloads last night. These loads put 327 pellets in a 10" circle at 40 yards. :eek:

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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby A-Bomb » Thu Apr 08, 2010 4:51 pm

I shoot a .655 constriction primos jelly head in my benelli nova and that thing is lethal with winchester supereme copper plated turkey loads in 3 1/2" #6 2.5 oz(250 pellets per round) of shot. I dont recall my exact counts as im still on the same box of shells i patterned with a few years back. They last awhile with a one turky bag limit. I will say that i subscribe to the 100 pellet count in a 10" circle at any given yardage to be effective and my gun will shoot well to 50.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby goosetalker18 » Mon Apr 12, 2010 6:33 pm

I shoot a SBE2 and I pattered some remington nitro mags the other day with my stock full crio choke in and I was very impressed. I shot one of those turkey head targets at 40 yards and had 122 pellets in the head and neck. I think that will get the job done for this year.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby JeffW » Tue Apr 13, 2010 7:32 pm

I just ran some different loads through my stoeger m2000 with the regular bird barrel and the factory provided turkey choke. The best pattern I got at 30 yards was with kent ultimate diamond shot turkey. 3'' #4 loads. Lets just say at 30 yards you will take the turkeys head of with a good shot. 40 yards no problem.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby TNDuckHunter1 » Wed Apr 14, 2010 2:15 am

Hmmmmmmm.......I may want to buy a better choke.

I am suprised at the counts some of you are giving. I am very impressed so far with my new M2000 and have killed a really nice bird at 54 yards. His head was wrecked and if you see my shot counts, he shouldn't have been.

I am glad I asked that question because i would never have thought 100 pellets was the desired count in a 10 inch circle.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby TNDuckHunter1 » Mon Apr 19, 2010 8:52 pm

After doing some more research, I wish I had not posted that horific shot count on the first post. You guys would have been well within your rights to tell me to throw that thing away ASAP.

I bought a jelly head that I was less than impressed with and I took it back for an HS choke that had 5 star reviews. I will let you know how it goes but it better be more than 5 pellets.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby trigger22 » Tue Apr 20, 2010 8:09 pm

100 shots in a 10 inch circle, at least 3 preferably 5 or more inside the head (3 inch circle center mass of target) A lot of guys get wrapped up around holding an insanely tight group that puts 130 plus shot inside the 10 inch circle only to realize they are shooting a "hollow" pattern. basically meaning that while holding a tight group, they are doing little to no damage to to the actual point of aim.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby Super Dave 32 » Thu Apr 29, 2010 6:54 am

Just for fun, last evening I decided to pattern some misc turkey loads that I have accumulated. I shoot a Benelli SBE 2 with Carlson's Super Full turkey choke. This is totally unscientific; just me shooting two of each brand (my shoulder couldn't stand any more than 2 each!).

Each count is average of 2 shots inside a 10" circle all #6 shot:
From 30 yards:
Kent Ultimate - 80
Federal Mag Shok - 195
Hevi Shot - 148
Winchester Super X - 102.

From 40 yards
Federal Mag Shok - 88
HeviShot - 54

Like I said, totally unscientific.

This is the first (and likely last) time that I will shoot ten turkey loads in a 45 minute period.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby Joe Hunter » Sat May 08, 2010 7:19 pm

Here's an article you might be interested in reading that might save you shooting so many turkey load patterns.

http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/turkey_loads.htm
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby cjg » Sat May 08, 2010 11:33 pm

Go with #6s instead of 4s and you'll get more in the circle. All I shoot now are the Winchester 3" 1 3/4oz #6s and they work great for me. I think they are 1300fps and they really whack them.
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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby g_maxson » Fri May 21, 2010 11:06 am

TNDuckHunter1 wrote:I see a lot of people saying their choke is great but that depends on their definition.

Since Turkey season is just a few days away, I will ask about turkey chokes for now. How many pellets do you like to see in a 6 inch circle and X yards.

I just shot my new M2000 with the 22 inch barrel and the turkey choke provided.

I am shooting Remington 3'' Nitro Turkey 1 7/8 #4
25 yards 23 pellets in 6'' circle over turkey head target
40 yards 11 pellets in same
50 yards 5 pellets in same

If your choke holds a great pattern in your Stoeger or Benelli, please let me know what kind you have.



The standard is 10" at 40yds, so you should probably ask that since that is what most pattern for.

I ran a SSX this year in my Benelli Nova Steady Grip with 2.25oz of #7 Hevi 13 and got 296 in a 10" circle at a steel taped 40yds. So 6" circle, maybe around 100.

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Re: Shot Patterns and Chokes for Turkeys

Postby ICDEDTURKES » Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:55 am

Your welcome Mr.Maxson.. Wish I had pics of my pants after carrying that one out for you.. :thumbsup:
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