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Old 02-28-2024, 11:42 AM
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Default Mossberg 185KC 2 3/4 20 gauge bolt action

Reading all the threads about hunting turkeys with a 20 gauge so I pulled my old Mossberg out I used to hunt squirrels with some 50 yrs ago. Definitely lighter than my dad's old Browning A-5. Just wondering if any turkey hunters or shotgun 'knowledgeable' people out there would know what the best turkey load would be for it? Would the TSS turkey loads be too much for it? Having a hard time finding a lead turkey specific load in the 20ga 2 3/4 size.
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Old 02-29-2024, 02:23 AM
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Each gun is a law unto itself. You'll have to try some loads to see what the gun patterns the best with. And, you'll need to determine what's your maximum range. A 20 gauge with 2 3/4" shells probably won't have the range of a 3" 12 ga. You may have to limit your shooting range. My personal standard for a good killing pattern is 20 pellets in the head/neck of a turkey target.
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Old 02-29-2024, 12:58 PM
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Apex has a 2 3/4" 20 ga. TSS load, that would be my choice
https://apexmunition.com/shop/turkey...8-oz-5-shells/
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Old 02-29-2024, 03:30 PM
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that load probably has a Mylar wrap if it does then it should protect the barrel from damage but I would check for sure !
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Old 03-03-2024, 05:09 AM
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I have an old Westernfield bolt action 20 ga I hunted with as a kid in the 70’s, and I was going to try to kill a turkey with it this year. I remember the gun seeming to be tightly choked, but after trying several loads, I couldn’t get a pattern I’m confident with and abandoned the project. I have other guns that do pattern well, so I can’t justify paying stupid money just to try TSS for nostalgia.
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Old 03-04-2024, 02:27 AM
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It's probably not a good idea to shoot TSS through a conventional full choke anyway. It's hard enough to bulge the end of the barrel. Chokes designed to specifically have TSS shot through them are more open and gradual.
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Old 03-09-2024, 05:59 PM
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I shoot tss through a sleeved 12 ga that mics out at . 632 which is like XXXX full choke with no damage
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Old 03-14-2024, 11:03 AM
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Why take a chance on a relic?
Stick to any #5 shot 20 ga load. Call the bird in to less than 20 yds. Put a stick out at 20 yds. Order like I do no more than 10 steps from where you sit with a decoy. That's your goal. With a head shot placement any shotgun/ any shot load will work at that range.
Be sure to check your pattern tho before you do.

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Old 03-14-2024, 01:22 PM
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Originally Posted by JW
Why take a chance on a relic?
Stick to any #5 shot 20 ga load. Call the bird in to less than 20 yds. Put a stick out at 20 yds. Order like I do no more than 10 steps from where you sit with a decoy. That's your goal. With a head shot placement any shotgun/ any shot load will work at that range.
Be sure to check your pattern tho before you do.

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come to hardy county wv and video how many you call to less than 20 yards. your video will be short!
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Old 03-16-2024, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Ridge Runner
come to hardy county wv and video how many you call to less than 20 yards. your video will be short!
If anyone here could, it's JW.

Sounds like an invite to me, JW. Better buy your WV tag.

I haven't seen or heard a gobble yet. There's a farm about 2 miles from me that has had 70-100 birds pretty consistently in the evenings the last few weeks. Hoping they spread out and come my way soon

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