All are fold-crimped loads, of
course. The 3 inchers have a 6-point closure, while the 3 1/2-inch offerings feature an
8-point crimp. The crimps are lacquer sealed to guard against buffer loss.
Remington has also come out with a
new screw-in turkey choke designed especially for use with Hevi-Shot (for Rem-Choke
barrels only). Unlike a preceding lead-shot turkey tube with straight rifling, this new
offering is smoothbored and has the usual knurled extended portion that increases barrel
length by one inch. Its crafted from heat-treated stainless steel and carries a
black finish for low reflectivity. Needless to say, the choke will also handle both lead
and steel pellets.
According to Remington, the new
choke tube has a muzzle diameter of .675 inch and gives .060-inch constriction. When
teamed with my Model 870 Special Field (21-inch barrel and a bore diameter of .727 inch)
the constriction is .052 inch.
The bulk of my pattern testing was
carried out at the usual 40 yards, despite the fact most gobblers are called in and taken
at much closer distances. With Remingtons 3-inch load containing 1 1/2 ounces of No.
6 Hevi-Shot, the Model 870 with the new choke averaged 86.6 percent for the 30-inch circle
and 65.3 percent for the 20-inch core. In comparison, a pet Hevi-Shot handload with the
same shot charge and moving at nearly identical velocity failed to deliver equal
performance - only 80.2 percent for the 30-inch circle and 56.7 percent for the core area,
which certainly speaks well for the factory rounds.
For putting the 3 1/2-inch loads
through their paces, I turned to my Browning Citori O-U with its back-bored barrels (.740
inch), and I screwed in one of my Terminator choke tubes that gave .040 inch constriction.
The high-velocity loading with 1 3/4 ounces of No. 5 shot averaged 90.6 percent at 40
yards with 72.2 percent of the charge printing in the 20-inch core. A matching
Steel-powder handload using pellets stolen from the factory ammunition gave almost
identical results, slamming 91.8 percent of the charge into the 30-inch circle and 71.9
percent into the core area.
The slower 1 7/8-ounce No. 5 load
(same .040-inch Terminator choke) delivered 90.5 percent for the 30-inch circle and 73.5
percent for the core. Given the amount of choke constriction, all the above rates as
With only a few of the sample loads
remaining I reduced the test distance to 30 yards, sticking with the big Browning and the
.040-inch choke. The 3 1/2-inch factory round with 1 3/4 ounces of No. 5 averaged 92.9
percent in the 20-inch core, most of that count printing in a 12-inch circle!
The 20-inch core counts with the
heavier 1 7/8-ounce charge of 5s ranged from 83.2 to 95.8 percent with most pellets
striking within a 12- to 16-inch circle. Obviously, the closer the gobbler, the more
precise the gun point must be.
A final 30-yard test involved the
3-inch loading with 1 1/2 ounces of No. 6 - again with the Browning - but this time around
using an extended and ported Clearview choke tube that gave .055-inch constriction. The
core average tallied 91.3 percent, the bulk of that printing in 13 to 15 inches.
There can be no argument about it.
Remington is producing Hevi-Shot turkey loads that surpass the pattern performance of
anything weve seen with even the best of the lead-shot loads. And being heavier than
lead pellets of matching size, Hevi-Shot retains more velocity and delivers more kinetic
If gobblers dont start wearing steel
battle helmets and Kelvar vests, theyre destined to be in deep trouble. - Wallace