Spring is finally in the air! Turkey seasons are opening across the country, and it’s time to ensure your guns are spot-on.

I’ve been using Winchester Long Beard XR ammunition for a couple of seasons, but I’m excited that this year they are also offering it for 20 gauge. I usually shoot a 12 gauge, but it’s nice knowing that people have the option. This weekend I’m taking a young boy out for his first turkey, and he’ll be putting the 20-gauge Long Beard XR to the test.

For my own setup, I wanted to do a little test. I often use the Winchester’s Pattern Board App to compare loads side by side, and see how many pellets are in the kill zone at various distances, but I still like to test my skills as the shooter at the range.

This year I dialed in my gun with a new EOTech 512 optic, then shot one time at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 and 70 yards. Personally, I like to aim right above where the feathers meet the neck. This way, I get more pellets in the neck and head, and less wasted over the top.

The results were truly incredible. My gear included a 12-gauge Winchester Super X3 NWTF Cantilever Turkey Shotgun with 3½-inch No. 5 Long Beard XR ammo. As for a choke, I was using the Invector-Plus Extra-Full Turkey Extended Choke Tube, which comes with this shotgun.

Pattern results (left to right) from 20, 30, 40 and 50 yards.

Watch the video to see each shot, the patterns, and how lethal the Long Beard XR will be this spring.

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