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Old 02-10-2011, 07:30 AM
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Here in PA the temps during Spring Gobbler run between 45-75 degrees. If I pattern my turkey gun now when the temp is in the 30s, will the warmer temps during the season affect my pattern? Will it open up, tighten, or stay the same? Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:02 PM
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weather here during spring hunt is usualy cold in the mornig and nice n warm after the sun pops out, (usualy too many clothes on to walk out than it took to walk in with lol. for the yardage you would be shooting i wouldnt wory about it. i wouldnt think there would be much to any difference. i like the 3 1/2 heavy loads in a #4 shot but for a longer shot i'll slip in a 3 1/2 hv #5. i think anything over 50 yards is a pull-n-pray shot anyways and im not much for unsure shots. i like the 30 to 40 but have dropped a few at 50 before that just wouldnt come those few more yards.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:44 PM
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Thanks for the advice. The patterning station at the gun club is 40 yards. I haven't gotten a turkey yet but I don't plan on shooting more than 40-50 yards anyhow. I shoot a Stoeger M2000 12 ga.. I have three different 3" loads I want to test. Thanks again!
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