New in Shotgun Shells for Turkey Hunting
-- by Rob Ramsdale
increasing popularity of turkey hunting has given
rise to a vast improvement in the variety of shotgun
shells available. Most veteran turkey hunters probably
started out using simple 2 3/4" high-brass shells;
most likely in 6 shot. These were the same shells
they used for pheasant, ducks, squirrels or other
game animals. There were several different major manufacturers
of shells but still there was probably only a handful
of choices for turkey loads.
Nowadays, there are literally hundreds
of different variations for a turkey hunter to consider.
Not only are there 3 choices of shell lengths - 2
2/4" , 3", and 3 1/2" - for many turkey
guns. There are also the new "heavier than lead"
shotshells as well
as the standard lead shells to choose
from. Some of the new non-toxic loads developed for
waterfowling are also being adapted for turkey hunting
as well. Turkey hunting is the fastest growing hunting
sport in the country and the shotgun shell industry
has exploded with new companies and ideas. All of
this new technology gives you even more choices as
you head out into the woods this spring.
Here are links to most of the major
shotshell companies --