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Turkey Ammo Test: HEVI-Shot Magnum Blend Packs a Punch

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At $5.40 a shell it had better be good, right?

I used this HEVI-Shot® Magnum Blend load at a turkey camp in Nebraska last week to kill longbeards at 5 and 40 yards. I had a pre-hunt honeymoon with an old-school loaner Remington 870 Wingmaster with a full choke. She and I got along just fine as I have one at home. The turkey target results were devastatingly sweet with the 3-inch, 2-ounce load. Go figure.

Pricey? Yep. A box of five costs $26.99. Both kills included the desired ventilated effect on turkey heads and necks. According to the company, this load provides 20 percent more knockdown power and significantly longer-range lethality than lead. Here are some more specs on the shell I used:

Product Line: HEVI-Shot® Magnum Blend®
Gauge: 12
Length: 3 inches
Charge Weight: 2
FPS: 1,200
Shot Size: 5,6,7
Box Pack: 5
Case Pack: 10

It’s also available in 3 ½-inch, 2 ¼-ounce ($29.99 for a fiver box), and 3-inch, 1 ¼-ounce load ($21.99). That said, I’m curious to see if any of you have tried this magnum load? If not, what turkey shotshell do you favor? What shell length and ounce load does your turkey shotgun handle best?