2 3/4 inch Turkey load for older shotgun .what do you recommend
I killed my turkey last year from 25 yards with Fiocchi Golden Pheasants in #5. I was driving around in my subaru down a dirt road scouting a new spot when I saw a big Tom with a few hens. Stopped my subaru about 30 yards away, to call him with a ghost cut diaphragm call. The dummy stopped in his tracks and started to strut. I opened my door very slowly to get my shotgun in the trunk. Didn't have any turkey shells with me, so I grabbed a couple golden pheasants which have been lying around my trunk since pheasant hunting a few months before (you can also find a bunch of #8's for grouse back there if you're willing to dig). Amazingly, the dumb tom didn't move, so I crept around the car, kept purring, and bent down to imitate a walking turkey, and shot him.Blasphemy! You can’t use 2 3/4” shells to hunt turkeys!! Everyone knows you have to use 3.5” armor piercing tungsten nuclear matrix quad blend of 4.25, 5.125, 6.6, and 8 sized shot to kill turkeys THESE days. God forbid you actually call the thing in within 30 yards too, you simply have to have an 80 yard load or you just ain’t doin’ it right!
Seriously, just pattern your gun, choose lead 5’s or 6’s to keep your pellet count up, keep your shots inside an honest 40 yards and you’ll be fine. If you don’t want to drop a fortune and use loads that pull double duty some of the newer high velocity pheasant loads in #5 or #6 will work very well. My ol man stacked ‘em up for years with a 2 3/4” 1100. Never had any problems until he got a new gun, started messing around with new loads and pushing shots farther than he should have, the 2 3-4” gun kept him honest about his distances.
LWCClub,Granted, they were both fall birds but both were also gobblers and both were shot between 20 and 30 yards. FM
For whatever reason, my older Winchester shotguns tend to prefer Federal or Winchester ammo. I would try the Federal Mag-Shok and Winchester Super X. Unless you're 110% confident in judging distances past 30 years, I would recommend #5 shot. For a smaller payload it will split give you a balance between high shot density (of #6) and deeper penetration (of #4). But then again, I've recently become a big fan of #5 shot in general, so my opinion is a bit biased on my experiences and preferences...I'M sorry, I didn't specify it's a winchester 37 12ga. 2 3/4 chamber 30in barrel full choke.