shot size

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  1. DUCKLESS

    DUCKLESS Guest

    what is the best shot size for gobblers and what kind of signs do you look for when scouting thanks for the info
     
  2. ACC/Boykin

    ACC/Boykin Elite Refuge Member

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    Shot size depends mainly on the way your
    gun patterns to the different sizes. #6,
    #4,#2 out of these three I like the #4s
    they pattern best in my 1187 and have
    plenty of knockdown power in 3 inch or
    two&three quarter. Im probably going to
    get fussed at for this but I dont like
    #6s in my opinion in certain circumstances
    there not strong enough to cleanly kill a
    Turkey. Look for major droppings under
    trees as this could be a favored roosting
    site j shaped droppings usually indicate
    a tom. Dusting sites in old road beds or
    fields. Scratching, this is where the turkeys
    rake back the leaves and debrie on the forest
    floor to look for food. Turkeys love to roost
    over water if it is near, on windy or rainy
    days concentrate on open areas such as fields
    or logging roads turkeys can see danger coming from these areas better than they can
    hear. Open acorn bottoms are another good
    choice.A Few food choices acorns,dogwood
    berries, and they love fresh burned areas
    where they can easily find insects. Also
    stream beds for water and they can also pick
    up gravel this helps crush there food for
    digestion. There is a lot of information out
    there, this is just a little bit from my
    experiences, but it has worked for me over
    the years. I hope Ive helped a little. Good
    Luck This Spring. Boykinluvr... Check out
    Turkey&Turkey hunting magazine they have
    great articles to help also try the NWTF
    web site I believe they have a few books
    also.
     
  3. Scout

    Scout Senior Refuge Member

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    Hi Duckless,
    It may also, depend on your state, as to what you can shoot.
    Sometime, in the early 80's, I found a load that my gun really loved. It was a duplex load of 2's and 6's. It patterned great, and I couldn't wait until the next turkey season. That summer, the IDNR passed a law that prohibits the use of anything bigger diameter than 4 shot!
    I still have a couple of those boxes of duplex loads. hehehe

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  4. JN

    JN Senior Refuge Member

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    I like 5 the best.
     
  5. river mallard

    river mallard Elite Refuge Member

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    Ill take #6 for my first choice and for my second i'll take #5.
     
  6. MSU_Redhead

    MSU_Redhead Senior Refuge Member

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    #5 pattern best for me and have plenty of what it takes.
     
  7. CaliDuckBuster

    CaliDuckBuster Senior Refuge Member

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    I am a 4 shot man myself. Also look near orchards, the birds like to feed in there if you scout during mid day.

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  8. Blue Duck

    Blue Duck Elite Refuge Member

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    I like #4 shot. It patterns good in my gun and hits hard.
     
  9. Pit Boss

    Pit Boss Oregon Moderator

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    I like the #4 Copper plated. I shoot a 2-1/4oz load. Those birds always fall.

    Pit Boss
     
  10. Dan Mallia

    Dan Mallia Elite Refuge Member

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    I use #4 out of my 3 1/2 inch BPS. It really anchors them to the ground!
     

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