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Old 04-18-2018, 07:28 AM
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Hi All,

Has anyone found better performance - with more payload hitting the target downrange - with LARGER shot size?

I usually use #6 but inadvertently picked up a box of #5 shot this spring, which I blame on my aging eyes. Serendipity at work - after running a test between #5 and #6, I'll be damned but the #5 drastically outperforms the #6. I'm getting a better pattern with no holes larger than 2", more hits and much higher percentage (almost 55% in an 8x11 target) of the #5 payload at 40 yards.

It's also a bit bizarre, largely because I've always used Winchester ammo in this gun and the pattern has always been slightly better when the barrel is a little dirty. I can honestly say that the #5 really love a clean barrel and performance tanks quickly with a dirty barrel. So I've actually switched from using #6 Longbeard in a dirty barrel to #5 Longbeard in a clean barrel - and actually seeing MORE pellets downrange. I never thought I would see more hits with #5 than #6 at 40 yards...

Considering I've run almost every commercial turkey load made since 2000 through that barrel (including those Hornady loads that should be outlawed) - I'm hypothesizing this new resin technology by Winchester really has changed the game.
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Old 04-18-2018, 07:57 AM
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I am using #5 also and love them.
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Old 04-19-2018, 02:28 AM
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I'm using that load in #4's and finding excellent results as well. But my gun seems to prefer 4's in about any loading.
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Old 04-25-2018, 11:01 AM
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The Longbeard XR shells have produced BY FAR the best pattern ever given by my Mossberg 835. They have also dropped at least 3 gobblers at 42 yards (without even flopping on a couple). I've been using the 3 1/2" #5's but bought a box of 3" #6's to test. Haven't done that yet ...
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Old 04-25-2018, 02:36 PM
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For alot of years I used #6.
Then patterned #4s for just that reason. More whallop and hopefully extend my range.
For your answer, YES I did get a good pattern. It gave me 5 more yards if I need it.
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Old 04-25-2018, 03:36 PM
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I use the 1 7/8 oz load and use a Jebs headhunter .655 choke, it throws awesome patterns
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Old 04-25-2018, 09:02 PM
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Using #6 and it has been excellent for me.
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Old 04-26-2018, 06:33 AM
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Originally Posted by JW View Post
For alot of years I used #6.
Then patterned #4s for just that reason. More whallop and hopefully extend my range.
For your answer, YES I did get a good pattern. It gave me 5 more yards if I need it.

JW - if you haven't already, you might want to test #5 shot, you may find an even better happy medium...

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Old 04-26-2018, 01:02 PM
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I do use Winchester #5s in my 20 ga. 35 yard range if needed.
But will stick with Winchester #4 in my 12.

Don't need to screw with what works!

Besides....
All I need is a round that patterns well less than 20 yards. My current yard average for all the birds I have harvested is 22!.

20 or less is the way I hunt. My preference only.

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Old 04-30-2018, 05:54 PM
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Switched to #4's myself. Was always a #5 guy, but like the patterns these put out of my gun.
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