New Winchester Turkey Loads
By Scott Springer
There were six large ShootNC targets mounted on a plywood board 40 yards away. I watched outdoor writers Ron Gayer and Jim Niemiec each pick up the Winchester shotgun, load a 3-inch Winchester Supreme Elite Xtended Range Turkey load, take aim, and totally cover the target they were aiming at. Next my dad tried it — the same results. Now it was my turn. After I pulled the barrel back down from the shot, it was easy to see that I had also totally covered the target with pellets. Our comments consisted of how no turkey would have been alive after those shots.

I was at the Winchester/Browning Annual SHOT Show Outdoor Writers Shooting Event in Las Vegas. Winchester Ammunition had just announced that they were expanding their popular line of turkey loads this year to include #4 shot in both 3-inch and 3 1/2-inch, 12-gauge loads for the Supreme Elite Xtended Range.

The Xtended Range loads use shot that is 10% denser than lead and delivers superior downrange performance. Our shooting that day was proof of the downrange performance. The #4 shot loads should give a little more downrange energy.

The muzzle velocity of these new loads is 1225 fps. The 3 1/2-inch load will have 2 ounces of #4 shot and the 3-inch load will have 1 3/4 ounces.

You can bet that I will have the Xtended Range loads with me this spring turkey season.

For more information on these products, visit the Winchester website at

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