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Pattern - Turkey - Analysis - Improve.
Shotshells Used For Turkey Hunting:
 Turkey hunting shotgun shells or shotshells can be very complicated as to what will work for dispatching a gobbler. Shot pellet energy coupled with shot density are the key elements here. Most turkey hunters bag their birds within the range of 25 to 40 yards, this is a complete shotshell guide for hunting effectively at these ranges.

 Turkey hunting shotgun shells are made with two different objectives.
1. High speed turkey loads refer to shotshells that have less ounces of shot in them and are loaded to a higher velocity, delivering more energy per pellet down-range and on target.
2. Magnum turkey loads refer to shotshells that have a maximum amount of shot in them and are loaded to a lower velocity, therefore delivering a denser pattern down-range and on target.

 For shot pellet energy, #6 lead shot will work quite well out to 30 yards, #5 lead shot will get the job done all the way out to 40 yards and #4 lead shot will carry well out to 50 yards for turkey hunting.
 The most effective area to place your shot is in the head and neck of a turkey, where lead shot can easily penetrate the skull and spinal column for a quick, humane kill. A three shot lead pellet strike in the neck vertebrae or head with this size shot at these ranges will give a very effective kill on a turkey.

25 Yard Turkey Hunting Shotgun Shells:
 For pattern density, a modified choked shotgun delivers a 70% pattern at 35 yards inside of a 30 inch circle, however the same modified choked shotgun will deliver a 100 % pattern inside a 30 inch circle at 25 yards, which is plenty dense for taking out a turkey.

For 25 yard turkey shotgun shells, I like Winchester Super-X High Brass, 2 3/4" shotshell length, Game Loads they have 25 shotshells per box and cost about $15.00. I prefer the 1 1/4 ounce load of #6 shot as they have approximately 281 lead shot pellets in them and traveling at 1,330 feet per second they have plenty of energy and pattern density for an old tom turkey head shot at 25 yards, give or take a few yards.
Remaining Pellet Energy At 25 Yards = 3.65 Foot Pounds.

30 Yard Turkey Hunting Shotgun Shells:
 For pattern density, a full choked shotgun delivers a 70% pattern at 40 yards inside of a 30 inch circle, however the same full choked shotgun will deliver a 100 % pattern inside a 30 inch circle at 30 yards, which is plenty dense enough for taking out a gobbler.

For 30 yard turkey shotgun shells, I like Winchester Super-X High Brass, 2 3/4" shotshell length, Game Loads they have 25 shotshells per box and cost about $15.00. I prefer the 1 1/4 ounce load of #6 shot as they have approximately 281 lead shot pellets in them and traveling at 1,330 feet per second they have plenty of energy and pattern density for an old tom turkey head shot at 30 yards, give or take a few yards.
Remaining Pellet Energy At 30 Yards = 3.27 Foot Pounds.

35 Yard Turkey Hunting Shotgun Shells:
 For pattern density, a extra full choked shotgun delivers a 70% pattern at 45 yards inside of a 30 inch circle, however the same extra full choked shotgun will deliver a 100 % pattern inside a 30 inch circle at 35 yards, which is plenty dense enough for taking out a gobbler.

For 35 yard turkey shotgun shells, I like Winchester Super-X Turkey Loads. These High Brass, 2 3/4" shotshell length, Turkey Loads have 10 shotshells per box and cost about $10.00. I prefer the 1 1/2 ounce load of #5 shot as they have approximately 255 copper-plated lead shot pellets in them and traveling at 1,260 feet per second they have plenty of energy and pattern density for an old tom turkey head shot at 35 yards, give or take a few yards.
Remaining Pellet Energy At 35 Yards = 3.75 Foot Pounds.

40 Yard Turkey Hunting Shotgun Shells:
 For pattern density, a turkey extra full choked shotgun or a choke tube with an exit diameter of .665" for most factory shotguns, delivers a 90% to 100% pattern at 40 yards inside of a 30 inch circle with the correct shotshell, which is dense enough for taking out a gobbler.

For 40 yard turkey shotgun shells, I like Winchester Double X Magnum Turkey Loads. These High Brass, 3" shotshell length, Turkey Loads have 10 shotshells per box and cost about $16.00. I prefer the 2 ounce load of #4 shot as they have approximately 260 copper-plated lead shot pellets in them and traveling at 1,150 feet per second they have plenty of energy and pattern density for an old tom turkey head shot at 40 yards, give or take a few yards.
Remaining Pellet Energy At 40 Yards = 3.99 Foot Pounds.

Shotgun Shells:

Brownells
10 Gauge
12 Gauge
16 Gauge
20 Gauge
28 Gauge
.410 Bore

Cabela's
10 Gauge
12 Gauge
16 Gauge
20 Gauge
28 Gauge
.410 Bore
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