View Full Version : 20 gauge turkey loads?

February 10, 2012, 10:32 AM
Does anyone know what shells one should use to hunt turkey with (20 gauge) or does such a animal exist?

Old Grump
February 10, 2012, 11:54 AM
Can't say for everybody but my turkey gun is a scoped Win mod 1200 20 gauge and my turkey loads are mostly:

1. Estate 2 3/4" 1 oz #4 high velocity hunting loads
2. Remington (same load but #6 shot)

Most shooters I know who use 20 gauge, (we seem to be in the minority) use the Federal turkey loads 2 3/4" #4 but I haven't tried them.

February 10, 2012, 12:26 PM
Thanks "Old Grump",
I could'nt make much sense of it all looking at ammo and figured that I could benefit from others experience. I still not sure I'm going to try turkey hunting just yet, but I do have an invite in hand.
Thanks again!

February 10, 2012, 03:54 PM
I use Federal 2 3/4" classic #4 magnum loads for turkeys. Bought a box many years ago, and still have a decent supply. After all, it only takes one.


February 10, 2012, 03:58 PM
I use Federal Game Shok Lead #4 2 3/4" 1oz.

February 12, 2012, 06:06 PM
Nitro Cartridge Company Hevi 3 inch 5's or 2.75 inch 7's.

February 13, 2012, 12:13 AM
I would come down in favor of a stout charge of #6 lead. #6s will keep your pellet count high, and lead, unlike tungsten (or steel) based pellets, a stray pellet will not cost you thousands at the dentist's office.

.243 Jake
February 15, 2012, 06:35 PM
yes, turkey loads for a 20 do exist. i got a nice jake with one. my savage model 330 dropped him like a rock.

Colorado Redneck
February 19, 2012, 11:18 PM

There are several loads for 20 gauge. Read up at this link.