Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

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Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby I am A Redneck » Tue May 13, 2014 6:24 pm

A couple of days ago I patterned my gun with a load I already had and some of Winchester's newest ammunition. I shot both loads at 40 yards with a standard full choke in my 870. I had some Remington Nitro Mag 3 1/2 #4's and those put 12 pellets in a 10 inch circle. The Winchester's however, (3 1/2 #4's) with the same scenario put 49 pellets in a 10 inch circle!!! I was completely blown away with the XR's performance. Since then I have purchased a turkey choke for my gun and I am very excited to see what that will do with the pattern!!
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby d.winsor » Tue May 13, 2014 7:47 pm

I have a number of 870's and all of mine shoot #5 Shot best out of a .665 choke, I use a Briley, straight rifled choke tube. I have shot the Longbeards also and with a tight choke the pattern is almost to tight to hunt. If you experience the same thing just use a more open choke. Hope you enjoy the experience.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby duckman27 » Sun May 25, 2014 3:56 pm

We're 17 for 17 over the last 3 years with Hevi 13 6's out of an Indian Creek .665 in an 870. Puts 230+ in an 8 inch circle at 40yds. Not trying to burst your "happy bubble" but there are WAY better options out there :thumbsup:
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby kcwellington » Thu Nov 20, 2014 10:59 am

870 super mag 3 1/2" jellyhead .662 shooting federal hw #7's 252 pellets in a 10" circle at 35 yards. The longbeards are nice but I like the pellet count in the #7's. The federal hw #7 have the same energy as #5 in most brands. Try em. I believe you will like them alot.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby AdamG » Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:12 am

Rem 870 Express Mag, Patternmaster Code Black Turkey, 3" Longbeard XR #4 at 20 and 40 yards. Not bad for 4's. The 5's shoot really well also. I flipped a bird upside down at 45 steps last season with the 5's out of the same gun. IMO this ammo is the best bang for your buck. I like the MagBlends as well, but for $5-6/shell they're too expensive for me.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby ICDEDTURKES » Sat Mar 14, 2015 2:45 pm

I know this thread is old but the 4s can be made to shoot more center dense.. I have a buddy that shot a 175 10" circle at a lasered 40 the other day.. It might be the highest percentage of pellets I have ever seen in a 10 inch with a factory load 66%.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby SteveInOR » Mon Mar 16, 2015 6:31 pm

Magnum blend or hevi 13. I do not know anyone who has found a better load out of any gun/shell combo. That includes Rob Roberts and his crew. Spendy, but when you think about all the time, gas, and other expenses that go into turkey hunting, it's nothing.

Anyone using the new 3rd degree load from federal?
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby ICDEDTURKES » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:24 am

SteveInOR wrote:Magnum blend or hevi 13. I do not know anyone who has found a better load out of any gun/shell combo. That includes Rob Roberts and his crew. Spendy, but when you think about all the time, gas, and other expenses that go into turkey hunting, it's nothing.

Anyone using the new 3rd degree load from federal?


I have only seen one pattern where it put up a very dense pattern which is not what it is intended to do.. The problem with the intention of this shell is for the price you could by cheap lead and do the same thing.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby duxrus » Sat Mar 21, 2015 2:23 pm

I shoot hevi 13 number 6's out of a 835 with a kick's gobbling thunder choke...At forty yards you get well over 100 pellets in a 10" circle and about 40-50 at 50 yards...lasered distance. Hard to beat those numbers. I tried the mega blends but they weren't as tight and had decent holes in the pattern once you got out to 40 yrds. The original pattern boards posted are horrible at those distances compared to other combo's out there.

As far as price, how many turkeys do you shoot at each season to be complaining about a few dollars ? You get 10$ back per box if you use the rebate so that is around 4.00 per shell. I shoot about 10 per year so 40$ is nothing in the amount of money used to chase them from state to state. :thumbsup:
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby ICDEDTURKES » Sun Mar 22, 2015 5:20 am

duxrus wrote:
As far as price, how many turkeys do you shoot at each season to be complaining about a few dollars ? You get 10$ back per box if you use the rebate so that is around 4.00 per shell. I shoot about 10 per year so 40$ is nothing in the amount of money used to chase them from state to state. :thumbsup:


Yup no doubt thats why I cannot believe anyone runs 87 octane in their vehicle when 93 is offered. :huh:
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby AdamG » Thu Apr 02, 2015 5:28 am

Here are the Longbeard XR 3" #6 at 20 and 40 yards. 208 pellets in the 10" circle at 40yds. Going to stick with this load this season I believe.

Rem 870 Express Mag 23"
Patternmaster Code Black Turkey
Bushnell TRS-25 Red-Dot
Longbeard XR 3" #6


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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby SteveInOR » Fri Apr 03, 2015 11:37 am

Awesome pattern! I bet it will look good at 50yds too! Good luck this season.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby rainingmallards » Fri Sep 25, 2015 10:18 pm

not compared to magnum blends they aren't....................... :thumbsup:
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby micneador » Sat Apr 16, 2016 11:37 pm

I'll just stick to the old stockpile of winchester supreme #5 loads. I've toppled 2 separate birds at 45 out of a 21" benelli m1 super 90. Although I prefer the within 20 yards. :hammer:
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby barrelburner » Wed Apr 20, 2016 12:52 pm

Ditto on the win supreme 5's. Just yesterday gave tom turkey a dirt nap at about 47 yds. Star dot x full choke. This combo has never failed me if I do my part. Gd luck to all this season.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby Soggy Socks » Wed Apr 20, 2016 3:38 pm

I still have quite a few Win Xtended range 3 inch 6's that I've killed birds a long ways off on when I had to. Plenty of 20 to 30 yards too. Gonna be a sad day when i shoot the last one, they are my go to load.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby micneador » Sat Apr 23, 2016 10:28 am

Soggy Socks wrote:I still have quite a few Win Xtended range 3 inch 6's that I've killed birds a long ways off on when I had to. Plenty of 20 to 30 yards too. Gonna be a sad day when i shoot the last one, they are my go to load.


I lucked out and found 2 boxes of supreme 20 gauge #5 that I didn't even know I had.
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Re: Man, those new Longbeard XR's are something else!!!

Postby noweil » Sun Apr 24, 2016 11:29 am

barrelburner wrote:Ditto on the win supreme 5's. Just yesterday gave tom turkey a dirt nap at about 47 yds. Star dot x full choke. This combo has never failed me if I do my part. Gd luck to all this season.


The Winchester 2 ounce #5's really pattern well out of a Star Dot turkey choke.
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