Successful Hunt with 410 and TSS

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  • shotgun
  • 15 lbs 7 oz
  • 3
    beard length (in)
  • eastern
  • private
    land type
  • Adam D's avatar

    Congrats and I can't afford a second mortgage so no TSS for me ๐Ÿ˜†

  • Gobbler Knob's avatar

    Tom, I am so happy to have played a small role in this harvest. Well done, sir!

  • Tom's avatar

    @Adam exactly.

  • Tom's avatar

    @Gobbler as soon as I started giving them some soft yelps they started a comin.

  • Mike's avatar

    TSS is the real deal. Congrats man!๐Ÿ‘Š

  • Lisa's avatar

    ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿคฃon taking out a second mortgage!! Excellent, on using one of Rick's box calls! Congrats, Tom!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿคœ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿค›๐Ÿผ

  • Chuck's avatar

    Great job and not having to buy Turkey for dinner will save you a few extra bucks so you and start paying of that second mortgage๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Andrew's avatar

    Iโ€™m more impressed with the bridge and fence workโ€ฆ.wish you were closer!

  • David's avatar

    Congratulations! I didn't know that you could get one with a 410. Must be one awesome gun/ammo combo.

  • Dave's avatar

    Congrats Tom awesome story behind the hunt

  • Tom's avatar

    @Mike wish it were cheaper. Iโ€™d love to try it for duck hunting.

  • Tom's avatar

    @Lisa thank you. That call can make soft yelps and it can make some real screamers too. Great call

  • Tom's avatar

    @Chuck I take less stuff with me when I hunt, much of it is made for the hunter rather than the hunted but these tss do work for both.

  • Tom's avatar

    @Andrew I designed the bridge but had a friend of mine make it to my specs because I didnโ€™t have the time. He did a great job.

  • Andrew's avatar

    @Tom he sure did! Enjoy

  • Tom's avatar

    @David i donโ€™t even know what choke is on the barrel ( itโ€™s fixed so what it is, it is) but it works

  • Tom's avatar

    @Dave thanks Dave.

  • Joe's avatar

    @Tom Im drinking beer at typing so I nearly sent a dissertation on my very limited experience with turkey loads before I caught myself and remembered the thread is isnโ€™t about me. Heโ€™s a very nice bird and will make some fine meals! After that fence youโ€™ve earned it! If it kills turkeys and you have confidence in it then use it every-time!

  • Tom's avatar

    @Joe you can send a dissertation any time. I will only use these at close yardage and at that they work.

  • Derek's avatar

    Very nice! Congratulations, man!

  • Tom's avatar

    @Derek Iโ€™ve got one more tag for next week. May try a bit harder for a tom.

  • Joe's avatar

    @Tom with this being my first year turkey hunting I was trying everything I could. The first of my two turkeys was with federal triple threat at 32 yards. I selected that load for the area because of how thick it was and I wanted to make sure the pellet count and KE would be sufficient for a 30 yard shot through light brush. The Jake was dead on the spot flopped no more than 5 seconds, the TSS portion of the load was found embedded in breast bone while dressing him out. Seconds was with Winchester long beard XR #4 shot at approximately 42 yards (I didnโ€™t want to shoot that far but I trusted a bad laser measurement that was catching a small branch with budding leaves I couldnโ€™t see weโ€™ll from my hide). Again the bird dropped on the spot and numerous pellets had 100% pass thru both breast and 2 were in the off side leg embedded in bone. Granted it was with a 12 ga 3โ€ shell and not a .410. My point to all this is YOU DONT HAVE TO MORTGAGE YOUR HOME TO KILL TURKEYS ๐Ÿฆƒ. Both loads were awesome! Now if you just like the TSS and it gives that extra confidence have at it! Modern loads are freaking amazing and TSS is worth the cost; even though it hurts the wallet firstโ€ฆ then each shot hurts your shoulder just as bad and triggers your walletโ€™s PTSDโ€ฆ then you finally kill a bird with one and can reason with your wallet and shoulder to do it all over again. For max pellet count and penetration TSS really is the only way to go, especially out of a .410. Dissertation complete. ๐Ÿ˜ฎโ€๐Ÿ’จ

  • Joe's avatar

    @Tom but for the money the longbeard XR shells canโ€™t be beat. Literally the best bang for my buck Iโ€™ve found.

  • Tom's avatar

    @Joe when I use my 12 ga I buy the cheapest 5 shot turkey load I can find. I was intrigued by the possibility of using a 410 for turkey and thatโ€™s why I bought the TSS. Not sure Iโ€™ll buy any more once these are gone but maybe the price will come down. I shot a tom at 62 yards with 3โ€ longbeard xr, didnโ€™t realize it was that far till I paced it off, they work well.

  • Joe's avatar

    @Tom I did notice in patterning my XR loads that at 50 yards they were about 8โ€ low compared to 40 yards. Other than that really tight groups, as in greater than 60 pellets in a 10โ€ circle at 50.

  • Dave's avatar

    @Tom your welcome buddy

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  • Amy's avatar

    Very nice!

  • Eric's avatar

    Congrats!! Way to go, Tom!

  • Tom's avatar

    @Amos thanks

  • Tom's avatar

    @Jaja ๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘

  • Tom's avatar

    @Amy thank you

  • Tom's avatar

    @Eric good luck on your first hunt.

  • Greg's avatar

    Congratulations, Tom!!

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Tom D


First big game hunt was woodland caribou and a cow moose in Newfoundland at the age of 41. My son has been raised to respect and appreciate the hunting lifestyle. Cooking game has been the frosting on the hunting cake.

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