Winchester Webtool: Turkey Ammo Pattern Board
The folks at Winchester have a pretty cool new “app” for showing shot patterns for turkey loads. These are not computer modeled guesstimates of what the pattern should look like in an ideal world. Winchester took the time to shoot all of the different shells and shot weights through a variety of different chokes to give an idea of how they should perform. This is a Winchester app, so all of the shells are theirs. You can see 3 different shells in 3 shot weights, through chokes ranging from .655 to .710 constrictions. They shot the patterns from 10 all the way out to 70 yards.
One of the ones they used in the testing is their new Long Beard XR load. I was able to shoot a couple of these new loads at Media Day at SHOT Show this year. I was impressed with the number of shot in the kill zone of the turkey targets they had set up at 50 or so yards. I couldn’t do a full review’s worth of shooting, but my initial impression was a good one. Looking at the patterns on the Patternboard app, the Long Beards put a lot of shot on target at extended ranges. Check out a couple of screen shots I took using the app. We have a request into Winchester for some Long Beards to see how they will preform for us.
If you are in the market for a new load or choke this is worth checking out. Hell, it is simply fun to play with too. This shouldn’t replace taking the time to pattern your turkey gun to see what it really does, but it will give you a good idea for what you should see.