Turkey Ammo and Best Loads for 2019
As hunters, we LOVE options…especially when it comes to guns, gear, and ammo. However, sometimes choosing the right option can be challenging as we enter the depths of analysis paralysis, only to succumb to the right choice via means of trial and error. In the world of turkey hunting, nothing has experienced greater change and advancement over the last couple of years than turkey hunting ammo. From blended loads to newly engineered wad capsules, turkey ammo has been dramatically improved to help you, the turkey hunter, be more successful than ever. Lucky for you, we’re here to dissect the hardest hitting turkey loads so you can buy and hunt with confidence. Here are a few of the best turkey hunting loads available for 2019 – you can hardly go wrong with any of these premier turkey hunting loads.
Available in both 12 gauge and 20 gauge loads, Winchester’s Long Beard XR offers extraordinarily tight patterns at long distances. Thanks to the Shot-Lok technology, Long Beard XR holds extremely tight patterns out to 60 yards. The Shot-Lok technology utilizes a capsule to hold the shot in a perfectly round formation as it travels through the barrel, which results in super tight patterns necessary for knocking down big old Toms time after time at extraordinary distances. Best of all, a box of 10 comes with a very affordable price tag. Bottom line, Long Beard XR has the knockdown power of popular heavier-than-lead loads at a fraction of the cost, meaning it’s a turkey-slamming game changer for hunters looking to push the limits.
Federal Premium’s Heavyweight TSS turkey loads are simply impressive. The incredibly high pellet count in both #7 and #9 shot, along with the ability to carry energy further, makes them ideal for 12 and 20 gauge shotguns. TSS or Tungsten Super Shot has a 22% heavier density than heavyweight shot and a 56% heavier `density than traditional lead shot. The 12 and 20 gauge shells include the FliteControl Flex™ wad that gives hunters the ability to shoot both ported and non-ported chokes. Despite a slightly higher price tag, Federal Premium’s Heavyweight TSS turkey loads are a gamechanger.
Federal 3rd Degree’s claim to fame is its use of a combination of shot sizes packed into one shell. The three-stage pellet payload creates an optimal pattern for killing turkeys at a variety of distances, making it perfect for all scenarios in the turkey woods. By offering #6 shot (close range), #5 Shot (medium range), and Heavyweight TSS (long range) all in the same load encapsulated by the FliteControl Flex Wad, your patterns are as lethal at 20 yards as they are at 60 yards. Combo loads like Federal’s 3rd Degree deliver larger, more forgiving patterns at close range, while still providing deadly performance at long distance, which is its main advantage over other loads.
Hevi-Shot Hevi Metal Turkey
Hevi-Shot’s Hevi Metal Turkey loads is a solid option to chamber in your shotgun this turkey season. Coming in at an affordable everyday price point, this load utilizes the knockdown power of steel shot combined with Hevi-Shot pellets to deliver dense patterns. Pellet count is kept up by varying the shot sizes, and the higher density of Hevi-Shot pellets helps to retain energy further downrange. Since the HEVI-Metal® Turkey load will pattern better than many lead only loads, you are much more likely to walk out of the woods with a long beard draped over your shoulder. It’s also one of the most environmentally friendly turkey loads on the market since it doesn’t contain lead shot.
Browning Ammunition also made the leap to include a TSS load for turkey hunters this year with its launch of the TSS Tungsten Turkey load. Available in either duplex loads or single shot size loads, this new non-toxic turkey ammo delivers a powerful pattern up to 60+ yards. Options include 3-inch 12- and 20-gauge and 3 ½-inch 12-gauge with a 50/50 blend of both #7 and #9 TSS pellets or with just #7s. Like all the TSS loads, they come with a heftier price tag, but who cares if it means bagging a longbeard this season.
Remington Premier Magnum Turkey Loads provide that extra edge to reach out with penetrating power and dense, concentrated patterns. Its magnum-grade, Copper-Lokt shot is protected by the Power Piston wad and cushioned with special polymer buffering. All in all, Remington’sHigh-Velocity Magnum Turkey load is no slouch when it comes to filling your turkey tag this spring.
As you can see, turkey ammo has made enormous leaps and bounds in terms of delivering a lethal pattern at ultra-long distances. With technological advancements such as shot encapsulation, blended loads, and TSS, turkeys have never been more afraid and hunters have never been more prepared. Of course, every shot taken by a hunter is still subject to human error, which is why it’s imperative you pattern your turkey gun before heading afield this season.