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Thread: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

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    Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    Curious to see what everyone uses for shot size on turkey.

    I shoot a 20ga typically for snowshoe hare i use #4 and all grouse i use #6.

    Would #4 on the 20ga or 12 ga work for turkey or is a larger load better.
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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    I would probably use 4s if taking head shots. I use 7 1/2s with my 20 ga. for grouse, though.

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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    Have got Turkeys with number 5 head shot work awesome 20 gauge.

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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    Beauty thanks!
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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    The thing to do is see how your gun patterns with different chokes, shot and ranges I personally like # 2s but then that's what my scattergun(SA08 20) shoots best. Good luck have fun
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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    The “industry standard” is #4 to #6. As Foxton said, buy a few boxes in that range and patern your gun.
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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    number 6s to the head worked well..

    i counted 14 pellets in its head and neck at 35yds

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    Re: Shot Size for Turkey - 20ga and 12ga

    I shoot a 12 gauge mossberg 835 with a Winchester XR Turkey load 3" #5, choke is a Carlson's meant for that load & shotgun. Dropped my turkey this year at 40 yards through thick ass brush

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