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non toxic turkey loads?

Postby stlOU » Sat Feb 07, 2009 9:09 am

I will be hunting an area that calls for non toxic turkey loads, has anyone used any? suggestions?
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Postby JoeyO » Sun Feb 08, 2009 5:54 am

Not as of yet, but you cant go wrong with environmetal, heavysteel by heavyshot.
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Postby cut_un » Sun Feb 08, 2009 11:03 am

I hate the direction we are moving in....that's another story :no: but we do have lots on non tox on the market today, just find on that works in your gun...good luck!
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Postby Jarbo03 » Sun Feb 08, 2009 10:15 pm

I have not shot them, but some friends swear by hevi-shot 3" #6
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Postby GroundSwatter » Mon Feb 09, 2009 8:46 am

I used hevi-shot #6's last year and they worked great. I usually use lead, but to me its easier to justify hevi-shot for turkey's than it is for ducks.

You shoot maybe 2-4 turkeys in a spring season, depending on what state you are in or if you travel to hunt. You may fire 6 times if you are a horrible shot.

My major problem is that it gets expensive when you head to the patterning board with it.
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Postby JoeyO » Mon Feb 09, 2009 4:35 pm

cut_un wrote:I hate the direction we are moving in....that's another story :no: but we do have lots on non tox on the market today, just find on that works in your gun...good luck!


lol I guess you are referring to heavyshot in general?
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Postby callumcuffumkillum » Thu Feb 19, 2009 1:36 pm

Go with winchester supreme elite. I cant recall at the moment what its made of but its the heavier than lead stuff. I shoot a standerd factory full and my gun patterns good enough to kill them at 60 yards easy with 12 gauge #6 3"
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Postby Indaswamp » Fri Feb 20, 2009 9:38 pm

Heavy-13 #6's... 3 1/2" 2 1/4 oz. loads -nine pellets in the SPINE and SKULL at 60 yards. Got a pic. of the pattern...trying to post it...
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Postby Jarbo03 » Fri Feb 20, 2009 10:50 pm

Stopped by Rogers Sporting Goods today and had a sale on hevi-shot. Remington hevi-shot 3" for12.99, 3.5" for 14.99. Dont know if prices are on website though(rogerssportinggoods.com)Thought someone might be interested.
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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby Maineduckhunter » Mon Mar 23, 2009 9:21 am

It's a fact, your no tox loads will out perform your lead loads hands down, all things being equal, using the correct choke. I personally use Heavy-13 #6's. Gives a very tight pattern, that put's the birds down. You have many no tox choices. The most popular would be the Heavy-13 loads, the next most popular would have to be the Nitro loads, but around $6/piece, they are expensive. Federal also has their "heavier than lead" load called heavyweight. Depending on what type gun you have as well as choke, you will need to pattern your gun, using various loads to see which one give you the most densest pattern out to 40 yards.
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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby stlOU » Thu Mar 26, 2009 8:02 pm

thanks for the feedback hevi shot #6 it is. $16 for 5 rounds-ouch
hopefully, I'll have good news April 20 or shortly thereafter
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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby Sprig07 » Fri Apr 03, 2009 7:54 pm

stlOU,
Are you hunting in Missouri? (figured stl=st. louis) If so, where are you hunting that calls for that?
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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby Kurt Lehman » Fri Apr 03, 2009 11:02 pm

Try Hevi-13 3" 2oz or 3.5" 2.25oz 5's or 6's and you will never go back to lead.

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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby das mudhen » Sat Apr 04, 2009 12:11 am

Kurt Lehman wrote:Try Hevi-13 3" 2oz or 3.5" 2.25oz 5's or 6's and you will never go back to lead.

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What he (and others) said - big time :thumbsup:

Find the right choke for this load, and you will never look back :smile:

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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby stlOU » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:28 am

Sprig
There are few federal owned islands on the Missouri. If you google big muddy conservation area usfws, there is a web site that gives maps, regulations, etc.
Missouri dept conservation areas are still led, but the feds want non toxic

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Re: non toxic turkey loads?

Postby phutch30 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:22 am

Heres a little advice for using hevi shot. Dont over choke it. A regular ole full choke is plenty and in some cases too much. hevi shot #6 3 1/2" out of my benelli with factory full patterns almost 95% at 40 yards. With my kicks super full turkey choke its only about 85%. You might want to try a modified if you get a bunch of fliers in the pattern.
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