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Author Topic: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards  (Read 7579 times)

Offline KYStalker

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #15 on: June 12, 2018, 09:44:53 PM »
I can get 128 in the 10 at 40 yards with the 3.5 inch 2oz #5 grand slams and indian creek choke with a nice even pattern out to 20 inches.  However, the 2 1/4 oz version doesn't pattern nearly as well. 
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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #16 on: June 13, 2018, 10:18:24 PM »
Late 90s maybe even 2000-2002. Not very old.

Offline tnanh

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2018, 06:02:01 PM »
Thanks 10gaugemag. PM sent.

Offline jarbo03

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #18 on: January 10, 2019, 01:30:50 PM »
My favorites were the Fed Classic 3.5" 2.25 oz #6.  Put down a ton of birds with my 835 and factory turkey choke, which i believe is a .690.  130-140 pellet patterns were common.

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Offline Kylongspur88

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #19 on: January 17, 2019, 09:20:39 PM »
The old gold box federals shot well in my 1187 and the Winchester hv shells shot well in my 870. The Winchester hv 6s seemed to like a very tight choke. I never could get the xx's to do anything in my guns and the flight control shells patterned so so.

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2019, 11:17:54 PM »
Before Longbeards i was using old stock of the original Federal Grandslam's in the blue and gold box with the turkey feather on it. I still have quite a few of the newer versions in the solid red/orange boxes and they perform just the same. I'm not so sure about this third revision though, I have not tested them. I also used a bit of vintage Remington Mowhawks as well.

Offline Yoder409

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #21 on: January 26, 2019, 08:13:49 PM »
The black box Winchester Supreme HV's were bad to the bone !!!  Run 'em through a Comp-N-Choke XXX-Full tube and turkeys die...……….
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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #22 on: January 27, 2019, 10:27:58 AM »
nice.  my daughter still shoots the Win super x 2 3/4 1.5 ounce #6 and it flat crushes heads at 35 yards.  it patterns beautifully, more even than my tss and hevi loads in fact, it just lacks the pellet count so it falls apart around 40

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #23 on: January 27, 2019, 11:09:57 AM »
Remington Nitro turkey #5.


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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #24 on: January 28, 2019, 10:35:35 AM »
30 years ago before the ten round boxes..... We used to buy shells 25 in a box. Winchester had the Double XX, magnum copper plated shot..... Remington had the 3" Nitro Mag's in the 25 in a box... I don't remember Federal...

Wasn't long I remember them making "turkey" loads ten in a box for the amount of the 25 round box.

However todays shells are light years ahead of them from yesteryear.

Winchester  Double XX, magnum copper plated shot #6's in a 25 round box....I saw these on my ammo shelf yesterday and it made me smile  :-) 

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #25 on: January 28, 2019, 08:35:28 PM »
The black box Winchester Supreme HV's were bad to the bone !!!  Run 'em through a Comp-N-Choke XXX-Full tube and turkeys die...……….




Yes sir!! Those were great. I still have 3 or 4 boxes.
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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2019, 11:44:35 AM »
Remington Nitro turkey #5.


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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #27 on: February 25, 2019, 07:56:12 AM »
The black 3.5" Winchester Supreme in size 5 accounted for a good many birds in my SBE before HTL came out.  Those shells really patterned well and hit hard.  Never lost a bird with that combo.  Was shooting a Comp-N-Choke XXX Full.

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #28 on: April 28, 2020, 09:56:56 PM »
Still hunting with the Win XX, Super-X, and HV shells.

162 in a 10 @ 40. Rem 870/ Ventilator .655. Win XX 3/2/6’s

125 in a 10 @ 40 Rem 870SM/ Rem SF .665. Win HV 3/ 1 3/4/ 5’s

140’s in a 10 @ 40 Rem 870/ Kicks .655. Win XX 3/2/6’s (21”bbl)

*The old red shells with the exception of the HV 5’s.

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Re: What good lead loads were like BEFORE Longbeards
« Reply #29 on: May 03, 2020, 09:48:58 AM »
Still hunting with the Win XX, Super-X, and HV shells.

162 in a 10 @ 40. Rem 870/ Ventilator .655. Win XX 3/2/6’s

125 in a 10 @ 40 Rem 870SM/ Rem SF .665. Win HV 3/ 1 3/4/ 5’s

140’s in a 10 @ 40 Rem 870/ Kicks .655. Win XX 3/2/6’s (21”bbl)

*The old red shells with the exception of the HV 5’s.
Barrel length on the HV 1 3/4 oz 5s?