Hornady® Heavy Magnum Turkey Nickel Shotshells
Best Turkey Loads I've Ever Shot!
I picked up a box of these a couple weeks before season to try patterning. I figured for the price I had nothing to lose. I've tried all the Hevi Shot shells, Winchester, and Federal out there through my 1187, and these by far had the best pattern! 46 pellets in the head @ 35 yards, shooting a MAD MAX choke. I killed a triple beard yesterday @ 63 yards and he hardly flopped around.
April 3, 2012
did the job
I prefer federal turkey loads but tried these in 12g #4 shot. took a big gobbler at 44 yards. Used a Stevens 512 O/U with full chokes..would have been 5 stars but took a long time for the turkey to finally die, although that may be due to the distance it was shot.. I still prefer my Federals
January 12, 2014
I bought these shells for a whole different reason than to hunt turkeys and they work great. I belong to the growing club of tactical shotgun owners and was looking for a shot load to greatly improve and extend patterns threw my cylinder bore shotgun, they do! In my hunting shotgun they throw a poorer pattern as the chokes get tighter, ( Just as Hornady says they will). THE problem in almost every negative review posted here IS over choking these loads. Listen to those who made them and you Will have much better luck. I'm getting good, even, consistent patterns at 35 to 40 yards with a straight cylinder bore shotgun, the wad does the choking if you let it work. The 4's pattern good, the 6's even better in my gun. If you must use a jelly head or super full choke tube or anything ported don't waste your money on these and buy the old school loads that are Made for these chokes, but don't blame this ammo when it won't pattern in these tight chokes. Read the box!
December 19, 2014
Patterns well considering that the shells are recommended to be used with Imp Cylinder or Modified chokes. Not quite as tight as patterns placed with an appropriate turkey choke but hey, what do you expect? Not quite convinced on hunting this season with these yet since I already have all the necessary turkey hardware for my Mossberg, mostly an impulse purchase but I was very impressed with the performace overall. I haven't tested the "50 yd lethal range" guarantee yet but like I said, still an impressive shell with an open choke. I purchased the #6's due to #5's being out of stock in the store.
February 15, 2012