We tested four of today's top loads to see which one you should be using this spring.
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Not too long ago, turkey hunters had only spare No. 6 squirrel loads, low-end No. 4 buckshot, or goose-crushing BBs to choose from when taking to the springtime woods. But with the growing popularity of the sport came innovation in products designed specifically for serious turkey hunters—chief among them specialized shotgun configurations and high-performance shotshells.
Today’s turkey loads combine various smooth-flying metals and special pattern-enhancing wads to send hundreds of tightly grouped projectiles blistering downrange to wreak havoc on a turkey’s relatively small vital target area of head and neck.
The results have been choke and shotshell combinations that deliver payloads well beyond the once-accepted range of 40 yards. We put four of today’s top loads to the test in a head-to-head showdown to determine which one you should be packing in your vest this spring.