February 27, 2010 at 7:42pm
I have an 1187 with a Primos Jelly Head. I do not like lead shot and shoot only heavy shot type ammo. I started out shooting Nitros which are about $7 a SHELL. They are incredible. This gun put around 350 pellets in a 10 Inch at 40 yards, with 40 in the kill zone.(nitro 4/5/7) I then tried the Heavy 13 2oz #6. About $3 a shell but still put 300 pellets in a 10 inch circle at 40 yards with almost 40 in the kill zone. This is the shell I now shoot. Every turkey I have shot at with either of these shells died....on the first shot! Thats over 20 birds!
For comparisons sake, the Winchester extended range put about 200 pullets in the 10 inch and 20+ in the kill zone. These numbers arent as impressive but will kill ANY turkey that every lived...and hey are easier to find.
A variety of Lead #6's yielded between 100 and 125 in the 10 inch and roughly 10 in the kill zone at 40 yards. Again this is plenty enought to kill any turkey.
Personally, I prefer the first couple just because it erases any doubt. Now, why do I like the Jelly Head? Most chokes that throw a tight pattern start off like a golf ball and and open to a basketball. I find the Jellyhead has a much more uniform pattern throughout the range. Many tubes, like a Rhino make it TOUGH to hit at close range because your almost shooting a rifle!
With ALL this being said, every gun is different and will respond to chokes differently. If your budget conscience, try some friends chokes. If not available, try some of the cheaper ones like the TruGlo or TightWad. If you decide to try Heavy Shot, make sure your tube can shoot it! Many tubes, especially the cheaper ones, are not heavy shot safe. You might also consider checking out the forums on NWTF.com Good LUCK!!