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quick reload solved that problem.
Determining whether a single or double
barrel is best is a personal choice. Both
systems have advantages and disadvantages.
The same brand black powder, or
Pyrodex, that is used in a flintlock rifle is
suitable for a muzzleloading shotgun, but
the size usually is different.
Shotguns need 2F black powder, or
RS/CTG Pyrodex, to have the necessary
burning characteristics.
Wadding ranges from pasteboard, felt
and cardboard to the newer plastic shot
cups.
Chilled lead shot, in sizes 6, 5 and 4
best serve a turkey hunter's needs.
I like to depend on mass over velocity
- think heavy, not speed.
While many veteran black powder
shotgun shooters have settled on using
equal volumes of powder and shot for
effective patterns, hunters need to accept
that this load rarely exceeds 1,100 fps.
I personally like No. 5 lead shot because
of its ability to penetrate bone - both skull
and vertebrae.
What is the best muzzleloading shotgun load for turkeys?
How do we choose the best black
powder and lead for a 20-pound turkey?
That depends on the shotgun that's
been chosen for the spring task. Muzzleloading shotguns are commonly available
in 10-, 12- and 20-gauge, with most of the
single-barrel outfits sticking to 12-gauges.
They all shoot black powder quite
well, regardless of manufacture, but the
higher-ignition temperature of Pyrodex
and Triple Seven powders demand a
hotter cap.
MAY 2016	

THE RECIPE

So what is the perfect load for smoking
a gobbler? First, always follow the
manufacturer's recommendations for
safety! Then, here's the checklist I use
for my own spring hunts:
* Clean the shotgun bore of grease/oil.
* Snap a cap to clear the nipple, and place
the hammer at safe or half-cock.
* Load 100 grains of 2Fg black powder.
* Load an over-powder card, followed by a
cushion wad and plastic shot cup.
* Use the same powder measurer to load
100 grain-volume of No. 5 lead shot.
* Load one, thin over-shot card.
* Cap the shotgun after setting up with a
gobbler approaching.

Those hunters using a traditional,
externally mounted, side-hammer gun
should stick with the easier-igniting black
powder in 2Fg granulation.
In-line shotguns do well with the popular 209 shotgun primer.
Modern muzzleloading shotguns work
well with black, Pyrodex and Triple Seven
powders, though I haven't had good success with pelletized powder.
Stick to the bulk powder for best
results.
The secret for successful pellet penetration with any load is the result of the
proportion of powder and shot.
Without the ability to slam home a
hornet's swarm of shot, everything else
becomes meaningless.
Penetration of shot is a result of four
factors: velocity, and diameter, mass and
hardness of the pellets.
When everything comes together and
you've made meat the old-fashioned way,
you should be darn proud of your smokedturkey accomplishment!
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