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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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How far is too far?

I decided to do a little penetration test of the 20 gauge Winchester Longbeard XR #6. This test isn't about pattern size, but rather about if a BB will even penetrate. Here is what happened...
https://youtu.be/vdoq0VD5_J0
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post #2 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 08:33 AM
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interesting video, thanks for sharing
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That's where I don't understand the logic of LB #6.They don't retain energy at long distances and you don't need or want a tight pattern under 40 yards.
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post #4 of 26 (permalink) Old 03-13-2020, 10:34 AM
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Even with a 12 gauge and longboard or even TSS ammo I would never shoot at a turkey 65 yards away. I try to keep the shots at 40 yards or under but admit that I have shot a couple at close to 45 yards.

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agree with R.S.B. , 65 or more yards is to long IMO. I try to keep my shots at least 40 or less yards.
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I shoot 12 ga. LB 6s 1 3/4 oz. @ 1200 FPS muzzle velocity...I noticed in the video the velocity of those 20 ga. loads was 1000 FPS. I've done penetration tests on my shells using phone books and am satisfied with them. I also carry a rangefinder so, when I set up, I can range a few trees at 40 yards then swing a radius when a bird comes in. Even though they may do the job at farther distances I don't shoot beyond 45 yards...every bird I shoot at, unless I do something stupid, gets a free ride in my truck.
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I shoot 12Ga. 3.5 Federal #6 Turkey Loads, I take my rangefinder and I make it a point to get the Gobbler to at least 40 yards before I take the shot even though I know it will reach out farther. Most of the fun of turkey hunting is calling the bird in as close as you can and at 40 yards there is a far less chance of wounding one and having it fly off to die as well....
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I hunted turkeys years ago with a Mag 10, number 4 shot. Longest (2) were 65 yds. Both most were 45 yds.

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20 yards tops. 21 yards too far for me. >>--------->
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I also prefer 20 and under. 15 is even better.
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