Remington Turkey loads are the worst I've ever patterned by far. They are just awful.
The next category would be Winchester Supreme or Federal loads. I've killed a bunch of birds with of them. The flight control was from Federal never impressed me, nor did it make a negative difference while shooting ported chokes.
I next tried Hevi shot loads and wasn't impressed with them at all. They were very inconsistent on the patterning board and I can't tell you how many shell leaked buffer all over the place.
Then the Winchester Longbeards came along and totally dominated in the pattern density category. 4s 5s 6s.....doesn't matter. My 870 with a cheap ($29) truglo ssx choke tube eats them up and spits them out with beautiful consistency and I've killed quite a few birds with them as well.
Now, I don't even know why, but I just ordered a box of Federal TSS #9s. Mostly because I have a bunch of Cabelas bucks to use up I guess.
There is no doubt those TSS loads are the best you can buy. Period.
But if you don't want to spend $8 every time you pull the trigger, get some Winchester Longbeard #6s. I'll bet they will shoot just fine out of your factory choke. They are a fantastic shell.
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