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Author Topic: 20 Gauge TSS  (Read 386 times)

Offline ScottTaulbee

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20 Gauge TSS
« on: January 23, 2023, 02:17:35 PM »
I’ve never considered using TSS before and I’ve always been plenty happy with my 835 and longbeard XR 3.5” but I started taking a 20 gauge squirrel hunting during early fall and then used it for waterfowl and I love the thing. I think I’m going to use it for turkey this spring, my question is, where TSS is so hard, do you really need a “turkey” choke?. I’m thinking my factory full will be more than sufficient and not over choke it. Any experience or advice is appreciated.

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Offline Glades

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Re: 20 Gauge TSS
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2023, 02:47:50 PM »
I would recommend you to get a box of TSS and try shooting one shell through your full choke, and see how it does. Some guns will shoot very tight patterns through a full (595/590). If you feel you need more constriction, you can always go tighter.

Offline crow

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Re: 20 Gauge TSS
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2023, 10:30:38 PM »
You might get a nice even hunting pattern at 40yds with your factory full, it's worth 1 shell to find out.
TSS is not as finicky as lead, if you decide to go with a tighter constriction TSS patterns good with Carlson and Trulock chokes.

I hunt an older 20ga with a fixed xfull .585, it patterns tss 8's or 9's well beyond 40yds

Offline Cmane08

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Re: 20 Gauge TSS
« Reply #3 on: January 24, 2023, 09:40:10 AM »
Like the others said, I would try one shell out of the factory full.  If it's not satisfactory, you don't need to spend a lot of cash on another choke.  I shoot a .575 carlson's in mine that cost about 30 bucks.

Offline RMP

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Re: 20 Gauge TSS
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2023, 07:34:02 PM »
The bird I killed last Sunday at 40 yards was killed with my 20 gauge Winchester SX4, the Invector Plus full choke tube that came with the gun, and Federal TSS #7.

IMO, your standard full choke tube ought to be the first choke you test, and serve as your control as you test other chokes.  You may find you don't need a different choke tube.

Offline jhoward11

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Re: 20 Gauge TSS
« Reply #5 on: January 26, 2023, 10:03:02 AM »
In agreement for the most part. I think I would shoot a couple cheaper shells first to make sure POA (point of aim) is on target before putting one of those $1000 shells through it. I did the exact same thing a couple years ago when using a new 20g and choke. I used some old high brass I had for 3 shots to make sure aim was right on at 30 yrds. Then threw 1 TSS with new choke and ended up with a really good pattern. I did have to adjust POA with those 3 shots. So without those 3 shells first I would have wasted 4 expensive shells. Good luck