Check out this list of great shotgun ammo for turkey hunting season.
Modern advances in shotshells extend the range in which you can bag turkeys. There are plenty of ammo choices to decipher through, and not every one is made the same.
While we can’t make the ultimate decision for you, here are five options that will prove useful for plenty of hunters, depending on your style, range and skill.
Take a look at our suggestions, and let us know if you have any more in the comments below.
Kent 5-Star Penetrator
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These shotshells come in 3-inch and 3 1/2-inch length and pack a lot of shot. The 3-inch version has a full 1 7/8-ounce of shot that is a blend of Tungsten-Matrix and Kent Diamond Shot. This heavy load still achieves 1200 feet per second from a 24-inch barrel. Tight patterns can be achieved with the right choke out to 50 yards. This ammo has significant recoil in a lightweight shotgun, but is not bad out of a full-sized semi-auto.
Federal Strut Shock
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Federal offers 3-inch or 3 1/2-inch loads in size #4, 5 or 6 at velocities of 1200-1300 feet per second. Granulated shot buffer protects the pellets for less deformation and greater long range pattern density. These are Federal’s moderately priced turkey load that offer a high level of performance.
Remington Nitro Turkey
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With extra hard copper plated shot, and pattern over 80% with super full choke these are very efficient shotshells worth shooting this turkey season. With loads of 1 7/8-ounce and velocities over 1200 feet per second these are value priced loads that perform as well as much higher priced ammo.
Winchester Supreme High Velocity Magnum Turkey
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For superior knockdown power and dense patterning, try this load from Winchester. A muzzle velocity of 1300 feet per second and a payload of 1 3/4-ounce deliver turkey slaying performance at long range.
Hevi-Shot Magnum Blend
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These shotshells have a mix of #5,6 and 7 shot at very high velocities. Available in 10, 12 and 20-gauge loads, this shotshell provides power, energy and pattern density at a variety of ranges.