Hevi Shot Magnum Blend 3.5" Turkey Loads???
Has anyone attempted to pattern these yet? Or have you harvested any birds with them?
I have two boxes and will be doing some patterning in the next few days. I will post my results as well.
My setup Rem 1187 SuperMag 26" with Rem Hevi Shot SF Turkey Choke shooting 3.5" 2.25oz loads.
Please share any information you have. Please stick to the topic, I know Remington Nitro HV, Federal Premium Flight Control HV and Winchester HV loads shoot really well in #5 and #6 to 40-45 yards, so that information is a given. And everyone has their pet lead/copper plated lead loads.
I would like to know how the Magnum Blend patterns and works for any of you.
Gun and choke specs would be appreciated as well.
I patterned the Magnum Blend 3.5" 2 1/4oz loads through my 1187 Supermag with a Remington Super Full HD Turkey Choke. At 50 yards the pattern is very consistant and still gave me 5 hits in "bone" on the target. The 40 yard patterns look similar to lead 2oz loads at 30 yards. Also this load appears to carry very well. My aim point at 0-40 yards is the middle of the neck. I cover the base of the waddles with the bead and these loads are devastingly dense. At 50 yards the pattern drops just a bit, ~4" so I compensate by floating the turkeys head on top of the bead.
I am going to try the Winchester load in the future. I like the mix of pellet density and trajectory with the Magnum Blend loads. If Hevi-Shot/Environ (sp?) Metal brings out a #6 load at 1200fps in 2011, that will be a devasting combo.
One other thng to note is the pattern drifts 4" at 40 yards and about 8-9" at 50 yards with a 15mph cross wind .
I have patterned about every overpriced turkey load in the last two seasons, I had some cheap eight dollar a box remington "nitro turkey" work the best so far and they are only 3".
They even patterned better than the new "heavy shot" 3.5" and the flight control .
the guns have been SBE1
Rem 1100 mag
All using carlson turkey chokes.
I tried the heavy shot in my 870 a few years ago. The patterns were absolutely devastating through a remington heavy shot choke. That said, the winchester HV #5s also put a lot of pellets in a turkey head sized target at 45 yards. The Heavy Shot was a better paterning load for me, but the Win HV was good enough that I couldn't justify the cost difference. Of course that Heavy Shot may not be as bad these days, I don't know, haven't bought any in a while.
Bump for update, see OP.
I think I will stick with number 4's Hevi Shot. Why blend when its all number 4?