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Killed this one this morning. I used my new favorite call. Clint Corder Osage/Glass. Its awesome to say the least.
20lbs 3oz, 7/8" spurs, 12" beard which is one of the longest I have taken
Mossberg 835 with Stardot .676 choke, Long beard 3.5-2-5 range 46 yards
Just a little farther than I like to shoot but the gun is throwing good consistent patterns that far. There was definitely more trauma to the bird than I got with the heavy13 #7 on another bird. The jury is still out as far as I am concerned. I like to see a vi sable impact when the shot hits the bird. I like to see the bird get rocked. The heavy #7 put about 40 pellets in the head and neck but none completely penetrated the head as I have been told they do. I ain't calling them a failure because the bird was dead.Its just not what I expected to see from the talk I have heard. Would I use the 7 again? Absolutely. I just like #5 lead better. reflexl
 

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Killed this one this morning. I used my new favorite call. Clint Corder Osage/Glass. Its awesome to say the least.
20lbs 3oz, 7/8" spurs, 12" beard which is one of the longest I have taken
Mossberg 835 with Stardot .676 choke, Long beard 3.5-2-5 range 46 yards
Just a little farther than I like to shoot but the gun is throwing good consistent patterns that far. There was definitely more trauma to the bird than I got with the heavy13 #7 on another bird. The jury is still out as far as I am concerned. I like to see a vi sable impact when the shot hits the bird. I like to see the bird get rocked. The heavy #7 put about 40 pellets in the head and neck but none completely penetrated the head as I have been told they do. I ain't calling them a failure because the bird was dead.Its just not what I expected to see from the talk I have heard. Would I use the 7 again? Absolutely. I just like #5 lead better. reflexl

Nice bird, I have a brother in east Tn. and hunted with him a couple weeks ago.

have you tried the federal heavyweight? its heavier than the hevi-13 and is supposed to penetrate better.
if they have #6 shot for your 3.5" that is equal to #4 lead and should have a pretty high pellet count
their #7 shot is equal to #5 lead but is supposed to penetrate better.
 

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Congrats!:tee:
 

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Nice shootin'.
 

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Way to go:) Congrats on the fine gobbler
 

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congrats, 12" is a very long beard

#3 eh??...I'm still working for my first...had some close, but not close enough
 

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congrats on a fine tom
this yrs up my way, they are gobbling there heads off now, and have for 3 weeks,
season starts next Saturday, hope there still hot, like they have been so far!!
 
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