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post Jul 26 2009, 07:27 AM
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I inherited my brother-in-law's Remington Sportsman 58, semi-auto, 2 3/4 chamber, full choked, 16 gauge shotgun. I completely disassembled, cleaned and lubricated the piece. The barrel, much to my surprise, is clean and bright. She looks like she should function well.
There is no blue left on the barrel or reciever (I presume it was blued originally).

It had "A Life in the Field".

I have never pointed anything at turkey. I had been concidering my Bear Truth and Slick Tricks but I may have an oppertunity to use the eargesplittinloundenboomen this fall in Idaho.

Do you seasoned veterans have a starting place for type of ammo I should be using? Rifled devices and pointy sticks are more my thing.

What type of pattern at what yardage should I be looking for?

#4 duck/goose???


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post Jul 26 2009, 06:51 PM
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i have used my dads 16s fer yrs and ive usee winchester #5 pheasent shot fer turkeys and remington steel #2 & #4 steel shot and ive killed snow geese at 50 yrds and my brother has killed 4 ducks with 1 shot b4 with it and there was only 4 birds wen he shot so he killed all of them wit 1 shot so they r very good guns or at least the brownings r ive never used the remington type


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post Aug 9 2009, 03:36 AM
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I use #5 shot in my 12 gauge....



With 2 3/4" and a 16 gauge, you want more BB's in the air... so #4 shot would be the biggest you should go...

You can buy a box of #4's and #5's, or #5's and #6's... or 4,5,6 (depending on how much $$$ you have to spend) and shoot them at a big target at set distances to see how many BB's you can get in a 10 inch circle. Usually you figure if you can get a significant number of BB's in that circle at 40 yards, it'll kill the bird at that distance. It will vary by the gun, choke, and shell, so 40 yards might be too far for you to shoot confidently...

It only takes 1 BB in the right place to make the kill, but you want to get as many in that general area as you can to be sure you make a successful kill, instead of wounding the bird.


Aiming at the head and neck, with a full choke you can't let the bird get too close (usually <15 yards), or the pattern will be very small (easy to miss)... Far away (usually 40+ yards) and it'll be too spread apart (not enough BB's in the kill zone)... you'll find out which distances are best if you shoot the targets like I described above.

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post Aug 10 2009, 02:36 AM
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QUOTE(FarmersHighSchool @ Aug 8 2009, 10:36 PM) *

I use #5 shot in my 12 gauge....
With 2 3/4" and a 16 gauge, you want more BB's in the air... so #4 shot would be the biggest you should go...

You can buy a box of #4's and #5's, or #5's and #6's... or 4,5,6 (depending on how much $$$ you have to spend) and shoot them at a big target at set distances to see how many BB's you can get in a 10 inch circle. Usually you figure if you can get a significant number of BB's in that circle at 40 yards, it'll kill the bird at that distance. It will vary by the gun, choke, and shell, so 40 yards might be too far for you to shoot confidently...

It only takes 1 BB in the right place to make the kill, but you want to get as many in that general area as you can to be sure you make a successful kill, instead of wounding the bird.
Aiming at the head and neck, with a full choke you can't let the bird get too close (usually <15 yards), or the pattern will be very small (easy to miss)... Far away (usually 40+ yards) and it'll be too spread apart (not enough BB's in the kill zone)... you'll find out which distances are best if you shoot the targets like I described above.

thats exactly what i was going to say


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post Aug 10 2009, 11:38 PM
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I would definitely use HEVISHOT !!!!!!!!!!
tHEY MAKE A SHELL JUST FOR YOUR 16GA. It is called HEVISHOT CLASSIC DOUBLES
and it comes in 4,5,or 6's. When I was using my 20 ga exclusively for everything
I hunted except deer I used 6's for turkeys, 4,5,6's for ducks and 4's for geese.
Sometimes hunting ducks a goose would get too close never mattered what size shot
I was using HEVISHOT got the job done. I use HEVISHOT exclusively
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