10 gauge 'em?

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by Packrattusnongratus, Sep 28, 2019.

  1. Packrattusnongratus

    Packrattusnongratus New Member

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    I was wondering if with the 10 ga it would be a good compromise to load #5 shot and a medium velocity? Seems as though the faster you run the projectiles the more resistance they get. Then perhaps a middle speed on the loading table would get the fastest kill. An awful lot of Buffalo once died from a 500 gr bullet out of a 45/70 at maybe 1200 FPS. I just had the thought that 2.5 ounces of shot from a 10 might just be quite efficient. Won't really need the 10 as a 12 has done it for me but I now own the 10 BPS and want to try it. Be Well, Packrat
     
  2. Out of focus

    Out of focus Senior Refuge Member

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    Sounds like a can't miss decoy range load.
     
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    Out of focus Senior Refuge Member

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    Sorry, miss the part about turkeys. I was hoping it was #5 steel for ducks. Carry on.
     
  4. Packrattusnongratus

    Packrattusnongratus New Member

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    Sorry man, #5 lead for turkeys is my question? I should just read all of 10ganut's book before I ask a question. His are tested loads. I'm a believer but probably won't have the tools for it until after the first of the year. Kind of like one quality piece at a time. Then there are powder and primers, wads, etc. Calling all 10 ga turkey hunting experts. Be Well, Packrat
     
  5. soiltester

    soiltester Elite Refuge Member

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    All I uses to use were factory #5's in my SP10 and still have a bunch, but retired the 10 to geese only:tu
     
  6. Packrattusnongratus

    Packrattusnongratus New Member

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    Just got back from church and didn't see this. How many do you have left? Be Well, Packrat.
     
  7. LANN WILF

    LANN WILF New Member

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    A 10 gauge was made for killing turkeys. All I can say. Been shooting Nitro Company Hevi Shot 4x5x7 triplex. Think it's 2.5 oz.
    Trying to build a HW 13 2 oz load of 4x6. No luck yet with a good pattern.

    Lead 5s and 6s do well too.

    The Nitro Hevi Shot load wilts em at 60. Killed one with authority last yr at 43 yds. with Fed. Prem. #6s.

    A 20 with TSS is great, but my BPS 10 is hard to walk away from.

    My 2 cents.
     
  8. 10GAGENUT

    10GAGENUT Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    For the OP, you don't need a great amount of shot to kill turkeys, most of the very heavy slower, 1200 fps, 10 gauge loads even if the do throw 250 plus pellets in a load are not IMO and my observations as effective as faster lighter loads.
    My opinion nothing more. When I first got my Mag 10 in the late 1970's I was using 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 oz lead loads, not that they were ineffective they did kill at normal ranges. What bothered me is even with a clean kill at 37 -40 yards I would recover a dead bird and there were pellets falling from the breast feathers sometimes quite a few of them, which meant they weren't penetrating and IMO were totally ineffective for a given load, basically wasted shot.
    So after seeing the pellet drop out of dead birds for about the third or fourth time, which might have been as high as 20 % of the shot in the load was totally wasted and unnecessary, again my opinion.
    Making an experiment out of it I made up some 1525 fps 1 5/8 oz lead loads. First time out with them a decent medium sized bird, a bit over 20 lbs, gives me a shot at around the 50 yard mark I guessed, never would come in any closer.
    So I shot at the closest point he would come to, the bird rolled 5 times after being hit and died a few yards from where I first hit it. Recovered the bird had five #4 lead pellet holes straight through it's skull and seven clean through the neck from top to bottom. Measured distance to where I hit the bird was 47 yards and I did not notice any pellet drop out.
    So I got 12 lethal pellet strikes from that light a load at that distance, why would I need 2 1/2 ounces of shot to get the job done then???
    Sorry for being long winded, never intended to open a story book here.
    FWIW for years before I got my Mag 10 I shot what was called Baby Magnum lead loads for turkeys, 2 3/4" 12 gauge loads with 1 1/2 to 1 5/8 ounce of shot in them, They worked and killed birds just fine on most days.
     
  9. LANN WILF

    LANN WILF New Member

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    Not long winded. Good info. Based on my limited experience, a good lead load in a 10 will do all a turkey hunter needs. Tungsten alloys are nice, especially when out of State and on a timeline, but lead will do for all ethical shots.
    And, like 10gaugenut said, "1 3/4 oz. to 2 oz. payload will do a great job with nice velocity."
    Plenty of energy at 50-55. Looking for 2 ft. lbs. or more to kill him. #6s get dicey at that range. #5s are good to go. #4s are evil, if pattern holds up.
    I'll shut up now.
     
  10. mister gadwall

    mister gadwall Senior Refuge Member

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    I shot a 10 NEF single shot for years and killed 100 + birds with it. Used an aftermarket tube in it. It is a load to carry but l enjoyed seeing the results in dead birds on the other end. I have many boxes and parts of boxes of factory lead loads. Most were 5s and 6s. I never attempted reload or use new metal pellets loads other than lead as I felt it was killing what l Was shooting at with the loads I had. Back in the day there were some really cheap post season prices in stores on lead 10 guage shells at season end. . I loaded up.
     
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