The Firing Line Forums

Go Back   The Firing Line Forums > The Hide > The Hunt

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old April 4, 2013, 07:33 PM   #1
bamaranger
Senior Member
 
Join Date: October 9, 2009
Location: North Alabama
Posts: 4,458
Odd turkey load, but it worked fine

About 10 years back, I bought a box of Federal 12ga, 3 in, 2 oz, #7-1/2 shot, plated lead. These loads likely dated back to the introduction of the 2 oz Heavyweight era. I don't think that the #7-1/2 load lasted long and this shop was closing them out. A pattern test from my trusty 870 with a 20" slug tube and a superfull Rem tube yielded an absolute cloud of shot. Yikes.

I knew #7-1/2 lead was tiny and would not have much reach, but it seemed a decent close range load and the price was right. I began keeping one in my vest for decoy set ups and some ambush hunts. Thing is, I didn't do it all the time, and ended up ususally just chambering my standard #5 shot load.

But I had one in the gun last evening on a decoy set near home, and shot my first bird of the season (a jake, yeah, I know) and he was absolutely peppered. I mean, sieved. Open field, no brush to strip pellets out of the pattern. Range was a longish 39 paces, bird seemed decoy shy, but there was no doubt about the result.

Made me think of old Walt, a elderly gent from my youth, who inspired me to be a turkey hunter. This was long before 3 inch mags, 2-3/4 baby mags or special turkey loads . chokes and guns. Walt shot turkeys with a full choke pump (probably a Model 12) and 1-1/4 oz of #7-1/2 lead. Killed a bunch of birds too, but could be selective, cause this was long before the turkey mania hit the nation.

I moved away from small shot about 10 years ago to #5, after reading a bit on penetration and range, and have had good results. I cannot recommend #7-1/2 lead in good fatih, but....in the right circumstances, a gobbler better watch out!!!
bamaranger is offline  
Old April 6, 2013, 04:27 AM   #2
Keg
Senior Member
 
Join Date: February 13, 2011
Location: Freestone County, Texas
Posts: 1,072
Cool story! I hope to hunt turkey one day.....
__________________
Hog Hunters never die........They just reload.........
Keg is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
This site and contents, including all posts, Copyright © 1998-2014 S.W.A.T. Magazine
Copyright Complaints: Please direct DMCA Takedown Notices to the registered agent: thefiringline.com
Contact Us
Page generated in 0.05704 seconds with 9 queries