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.