First Turkey with the Stevens 301 .410 and Verdict Ammunition 3” 9.5-shot TSS

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  • Joshua's avatar

    Congrats on the bird with the .410! I’ll have to check out the verdict ammo

  • Fit To's avatar

    Well done!

  • Adam D's avatar

    Congrats man! What's the price point on that verdict ammo? Also I wonder how you can tell if your 410 can handle tss? I have a one I got when I was about 10 so pushing 30 years ago, I wonder if it would work? Also that feels REALLY weird saying that out loud.

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  • Ricky's avatar

    Nice bird, congratulations 🦃

  • Tom's avatar

    Awesome! Congrats on a great longbeard.🦃🙌🏻

  • Travis's avatar

    @Joshua thanks! Definitely check them out, I highly recommend them! I have used Federal, Apex, Browning, HeviShot, & Verdict, and I prefer the Verdict.

  • Travis's avatar

    @Fit thanks!

  • Travis's avatar

    @Adam that is a really good question! My son hunted with a 40-yr old Harrington & Richard’s single shot .410 a couple years ago with TSS and it worked fine. I saw an article this week online where somebody actually wrote a story about using TSS in older fixed choke shotguns as a way of bringing them back to legitimacy for turkey hunting. A 5-pack is $39.99 and they just got more in stock yesterday. Shoot me a message and I can help you out a little more…

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    @David thank you!

  • Travis's avatar

    @Ricky thanks!

  • Travis's avatar

    @Tom thank you!

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Adam I killed mine with a 1955 boito with a fixed full. I've looked into reloading tss as well as using it in my black powder shotguns and based on what I've read any wadding rated to use with tss would prevent the tss from ever making contact with the barrel itself.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    Congrats, I think I'm hooked on the 410. gonna try to find an old one and trick it out with rifle sights and an Indian creek choke

  • Travis's avatar

    @Appalachian I completely understand! That little .410 weighs half of what my 12 gauge weighs! It throws a pattern comparable to what my 12 gauge used to do back when standard copper plated lead shot was all you could find for turkeys.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Travis That's right, I was telling dad it shoots better than the old 3.5 Winchester double X's in 12 ga without the mule kick. 🤣 I'm not gonna take a shot past 40 so there's no reason not to downsize

  • Travis's avatar

    @Appalachian absolutely! I have always said that my comfort limit is 40 yards, even with TSS. I did shoot one a couple years ago at 45 yards, but I actually thought he was a little closer. I see guys all the time talking about TSS as a “long distance turkey load”, but that isn’t what it was developed for. I had lots of discussions with the ammo manufacturers at the NWTF convention when TSS first came out and none of them were touring it as a long distance load. The purpose was to maximize number of pellets on target at typical hunting distances. Hunters are the ones spreading the idea that it is an 80-yard turkey load. I hear about a lot of guys wounding turkeys at 60+ yards because they believed the hype about it being a long range load.

  • Appalachian's avatar

    @Travis Yeah, it's an amazing tool when it comes to pattern density, with something like 190 #5 lead pellets in an ounce compared to 585 #9s its insane, especially paired with the density of the tungsten itself. I swear I don't have birds flop anymore once shot. The just drop and never move another muscle. Seems like we had to wrestle every other bird shooting them with lead. As good of a tool as it is I feel like it could definitely be contributing to the population decline as it's given people the confidence to shoot at them too far away, only to die somewhere while the hunter continues to harvest more birds.

  • Travis's avatar

    @Appalachian absolutely agree, and that has been my experience as well!

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