Turkey hunting forum for turkey hunting tips

Turkey Guns & Shooting => 20 Gauge Turkey Guns => Topic started by: wchadw on August 13, 2019, 03:44:07 PM

Title: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: wchadw on August 13, 2019, 03:44:07 PM
ok i have a Yildiz 20ga O/U youth with 24inch barrel
Top i am shooting a sumtoy .562 with apex or nitro TSS #9s
Bottom has a Sumtoy .575  looking for suggestions for a load that will spread decent in first 20 yards.  was looking at federal 3rd degree.  any suggestions?
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: Greg Massey on August 13, 2019, 04:15:11 PM
I would look at the Winchester long beards number 6 shot ....
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: crow on August 13, 2019, 04:47:38 PM
If you want a more open pattern at 20 yds, a good skeet load using magnum lead shot #7 1/2 will give a forgiving pattern and will have killing energy to 35 plus yds.

also try Fio golden pheasant in #6 or #7.5, 1 1/4oz of nickel plated magnum lead, they give good close barrel patterns and are good to 35 plus yds, depending on your gun/choke.

another reason for you to get into reloading, I reload one oz. of TSS #9's with no buffer for my more open pattern in a 20 gauge SXS, very forgiving 20yd pattern with a Carlson 575 which also gives a 10" that is good past 40yds

some that are shooting o/u or SXS's are reloading heavy 13 #7 shot in a more open choke for their close barrel

Title: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: wchadw on August 13, 2019, 05:14:19 PM
If you want a more open pattern at 20 yds, a good skeet load using magnum lead shot #7 1/2 will give a forgiving pattern and will have killing energy to 35 plus yds.

also try Fio golden pheasant in #6 or #7.5, 1 1/4oz of nickel plated magnum lead, they give good close barrel patterns and are good to 35 plus yds, depending on your gun/choke.

another reason for you to get into reloading, I reload one oz. of TSS #9's with no buffer for my more open pattern in a 20 gauge SXS, very forgiving 20yd pattern with a Carlson 575 which also gives a 10" that is good past 40yds


some that are shooting o/u or SXS's are reloading heavy 13 #7 shot in a more open choke for their close barrel

T hank you this is what i was looking for.  looking for basketball/beachball size pattern at 15-20 yards. 
for shots over 25 yards i will be shooting the TSS
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: crow on August 13, 2019, 06:20:40 PM
For 15-25yds I would shoot lead #7.5's and try them in imp. cyl. thru modified choke.

another shell that patterned good at that distance is "Estate" they make a 2 3/4" 1 oz. load in #7.5
heavy game load.
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: davisd9 on August 13, 2019, 08:16:12 PM
My TSS loads are that size at 10-25 yards
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: surehuntsalot on August 14, 2019, 09:35:53 AM
can't beat the lead 7.5 for close range shots
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: TheBigSnood on August 14, 2019, 11:29:11 AM
Straight HW # 7 is what I shoot. Blended loads are inconsistent. 


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: magnumgray on August 29, 2019, 12:07:38 PM


     I use the cheapest shell I can find for close in 25 or less shots ... kent , remington, thugs .... in #6 they all seem to shoot a basketball size pattern  with a modified choke .... over 2/3 of my birds fall to this combination...... why waste a $5 shell on a bird that close?  I shoot mag blends in the upper barrel ... with several shot at 40 plus
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: longbeardchaser12 on October 12, 2019, 10:43:54 AM
that is a gorgeous 20 gauge
I bought one recently as well
I have decided to go with
20 Gauge 3" Hevishot Magnum
Blends....
Title: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: wchadw on October 12, 2019, 06:37:12 PM
I switched bottom barrel to a sumtoy 585. Doing Hal handload #9s in top and golden pheasant #6 in bottom. Here’s what it looks like dipped and some 20 and 40 yard patterns
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191012/64592b237f880fb741dbbb4c4c6318e6.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191012/8e4c0ce36c83730973f8969efc20d92d.jpg)(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20191012/39ffc691f15dca453889991f2519a306.jpg)


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: SumToy on October 14, 2019, 11:36:27 AM
 :z-winnersmiley:

looks good
Title: Re: 20ga O/U shell suggestions?
Post by: wchadw on October 14, 2019, 11:52:29 AM
:z-winnersmiley:

looks good
Thanks. Waiting on my optic and then I’ll be sending you the barrels to mount


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk