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Think I have found my spring turkey load!
Unread 03-22-2021, 08:53 PM   #1
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Default Think I have found my spring turkey load!

I loaded up a few light loads with DuPont FG and worked my way up in powder charge weights/loads today. My left barrel definitely has a tighter choke than my right. I started with 1 3/8 oz loads of #6 and worked my way up to a square load of 4.5 drams (116 grains of FG) and 1 5/8 oz load of #6 listed on track of the wolf. The best patterns came from a powder charge of 100 grains of FG along with 1 5/8oz of nickel plated #6ís. The recoil with the 100 grain, 1 5/8 oz load was pretty comparable, if not just a hair more recoil, to the RST 1 1/4oz loads. It was the funnest time Iíve had in a long time with my pants on.lol

Here are my best two targets out of the 10 rounds I tried today. They were patterned at 25 yards. I had 40 hits using one single 1/4Ē nitro card over 100 grains of DuPont FG and 1 5/8 oz of BPI nickel plated #6ís. I glued a shot card over the top. The second best load was exactly the same accept I split one of the nitro cards in half and seated it on top of the first nitro card.








A few other targets with left a d right barrel comparison patterns. The right kept blowing the pattern.







Here were my loads...


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I videoed myself while trying them out. It makes impressive fire clouds.







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Try this skinny turkey!

Nice flame thrower.
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Try this skinny turkey!

Nice flame thrower.
I just printed up a few of these targets and try my load across a chronograph at the same time.

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I went out today and tried 40 yards and 50 yards with my same RST hulls using 692 grains of BPI #6’s and 100 grains of Fg. The only difference was I roll crimped them this time VS just gluing in an over shot card.

I had 12 hits in my turkey head target at 40 yards and only 5 hits at 50 yards. I then tried the same load but in a federal hull. I had 13 hits at 40 yards. I put a pop can behind my 50 yard target. Thd #6 BPI nickel plated pellets passed through the cardboard box my target was stapled to and then completely through the pop can I placed in the box to test for penetration. I don’t plan on taking a 50 a yard shot but if for some reason my bird hands up at 40 yards I won’t hesitate to shoot it. I can tell you if that was a real bird at 50 yards today it would have been dead as a door nail IMO. One pellet to the brain and one in the neck vertebrae. Same with the RST hull 40 yard shot. I guess I just get lucky a lot with a pellet to the brain.


My first target i shot with a roll crimp RST hull at 40 yards...




My second shot with the same load at 50 yards...





And here was my last test at 40 yards with the same load but with a federal hull...



I must have had a “hot” pellet or piece of powder melt part of one of my RST cases. Here is picture of the fired hulls after I slid them onto my dowel and heated the crimps with a heat gun to straighten them out...





When I inspected it the hole did not burn all the way through but I took the shell out of service just to be safe. The other two cases look great yet. I might order some brass case in the near future.

So in the future if I didn’t burn a hole completely through a case I would assume I can still load it again?
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Try using paper hulls and a fold crimp. I load 95% of my BP shells in paper and don't use plastic wads.
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Never knew 10 gauge paper shells still existed. Where can I buy them? I plan on buying some 10 gauge brass shells in the near future.
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That’s a fine load.

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Forgot to show a photo of the 40 and 50 yard ammo I used for the targets. They were roll crimped with a quad pin roller instead of glued in shot cards.

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