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Old 03-11-2012, 03:50 PM
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I'm buying some turkey loads all the brands have #4,#5 and #6
whats the difference??
I know the size is the difference but what size is the best and why is there different sizes? do #4 do something that the #5s don't?
is there a pattern difference?
i always bought #5s because they are in the middle, but is there a reason i should try a different size?
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:20 PM
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I shoot hevishot magnum blend of 5s,6s,7s great load
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:34 PM
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Generally go with whatever your gun patterns best with. #4's hit harder at longer ranges, and generally will do more damage than smaller shot sizes, but there are fewer of them in a shell. #6's will make a lot of hits, with numbers making up for shot size in the damage department. #5's are a compromise. Looking back, I've taked more birds with #4's than other shot sizes. But that's just my preference. Now days, I end up having a #4 as my backup round, with the shell in the chamber usually a #6.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:41 PM
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it is best to try out different loads for your gun,cardboard and try different rounds see how many you get in the same size ring.
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Old 03-11-2012, 06:26 PM
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Originally Posted by thelukai1100 View Post
I'm buying some turkey loads all the brands have #4,#5 and #6
whats the difference??
I know the size is the difference but what size is the best and why is there different sizes? do #4 do something that the #5s don't?
is there a pattern difference?
i always bought #5s because they are in the middle, but is there a reason i should try a different size?
#4s are larger pellets = less pellets per ounce.
#6s are smaller pellets = more pellets per ounce.

I'd rather toss #6s with more pellets to hit the jellyhead than the # 4s, and #5s



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Old 03-12-2012, 06:46 AM
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Chance are your gun will pattern 6's the best and 4's the worst... I like 5's

Id recomend Win turkey loads if your shooting lead... They seem to pattern best in most guns...

Cant go wrong with Win HV #5's

A lot is going to depend on the choke your shooting also!!!

Good luck
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Old 03-14-2012, 06:07 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr. Longbeard View Post
Chance are your gun will pattern 6's the best and 4's the worst... I like 5's

Id recomend Win turkey loads if your shooting lead... They seem to pattern best in most guns...

Cant go wrong with Win HV #5's

A lot is going to depend on the choke your shooting also!!!

Good luck
Ditto, and also on the choke choice......way to many variables between shot sizes and choice of choke tubes. What shoots great out your buddys gun, might not work well in yours. Only way to decide is try patterning with a couple of each and see what works best. Hevishot 4x5x7 shoots awesome out of a .660 Rhino choke tube. If you shoot #5 lead, .665 works well, #4's seem to like a .670 choke. Time spent at the pattern board will let you know for sure.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:59 PM
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Number 4's federals for me.
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Old 03-15-2012, 04:54 PM
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Ive always used 4's and 6's depending on the gun/choke combo.
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:32 PM
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Generally go with whatever your gun patterns best with. #4's hit harder at longer ranges, and generally will do more damage than smaller shot sizes, but there are fewer of them in a shell.
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