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Well look what the big brown truck just dropped off. Winchester announced their new Long Beard XR shotgun food a few weeks back, just in time for turkey season. It’s biggest claim to fame is that thing in the photo. No, that’s not a #6 Jell-O mold. That’s Winchy’s new Shot-Lok brainstorm, encapsulating the pellets in a nice, tight resin package. They say it keeps the shot from deforming when the gun goes bang, resulting in tighter groups. In fact, they claim twice the pellets end up in a 10″ circle out to 60 yards with a Long Beard Shot-Lok round. Just one problem . . .

 

I don’t own a turkey choke for my Mossberg 930. Winchester kindly sent me three boxes o’ 12 gauge, one each of numbers 4, 5 and 6. And to test these things out to 60 yards, using a proper turkey choke is really the way to go. So an evaluation is gonna have to wait while I scrounge one up along with some garden variety turkey loads for a proper A/B compar-o. Midway USA, here I come.

Anyway, it’s probably just as well. With America’s Baseball Team ploughing through the playoffs and about to take on Beantown’s best in the Fall Classic, I’ve been a little, well, distracted. So a delay may be just what the doctor ordered if I’m going to give the Long Beards a good and thorough workout. Go Cards.

9 Responses to Just Arrived: Winchester Long Beard XR Turkey Loads

  1. Can’t wait to see the results Dan. I’ve had my eyes on some Longbeard as well for the Spring season. Oh yeah, and as a St. Louisan…GO BIRDS!!!

  2. Something that’s always amazed me:

    Domestic Turkey: Notorious among poultry producers for seemingly dropping dead for no reason at all.

    Wild Turkey: Shrugs off ordinary 2 3/4″ birdshot loads to the head.

  3. Yeah, the wild ones make true the statement one tough old bird.

    I read once that Ben Franklin wanted the Turkey as the nations bird rather than the eagle. Seems he felt the eagle was a carrion eater and not to be admired.

    Oh well.

    Now if they make some of these in a 20, I would try some 4’s.

  4. Those look really pricey.

    If they get much pricier, it will be cheaper, by a longshot (pun intended) to go to the local grocery story and buy a GD turkey that’s already dressed.

    John

  5. You could send them my way. With another stellar post-season performance by the Tigers the rest of my fall is wide open….

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