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Melissa Bachman Dials in on Massive Midwest Turkeys
Melissa Bachman Dials in on Massive Midwest Turkeys
Winchester Life 11:04 mins

Melissa Bachman Dials in on Massive Midwest Turkeys

Melissa Bachman showcases the long-distance power and accuracy of Winchester Long Beard XR when she dials in on turkeys in Nebraska and Illinois.

Firearm Facts:
The stock, grip and forearm dimensions of the Winchester Super X3 are slimmer for a lighter, more controlled feel.

Winchester Pattern Board App:
It is a free and efficient way to easily determine your Winchester turkey load pattern. Visit patternboard.winchester.com to get dialed in.

Wild Turkey Facts:

  • A wild turkey goes through five molting seasons over the course of its life. Unlike the rest of the turkey’s body feathers, a tom’s beard does not molt.
  • A defining characteristic of the Eastern wild turkeys is the dark brown tips of the tail feathers.
  • Rio Grand wild turkeys have buff or tan tips.
This episode was filmed in
Nebraska and Illinois
  • Species: Wild Turkey
  • Filmed: Spring 2017
  • Firearm: Winchester SX3
  • Ammo: Winchester Long Beard XR

Melissa Bachman Dials in on Massive Midwest Turkeys

Melissa Bachman showcases the long-distance power and accuracy of Winchester Long Beard XR when she dials in on turkeys in Nebraska and Illinois.

When it comes to turkey hunting, every step counts. One forgotten move could be the difference between bringing home a fan of feathers or letting that gobbler live to see another day.

 

One of the most important—and commonly skipped—steps that turkey hunters make is patterning the shotgun prior to the hunt. Knowing your pattern is like studying for a test back in school. Sure, you can try to succeed without the preparation…but you’ll increase your odds in achieving the goal if you’re ready every step of the way.

 

You want to make sure your pellets deliver consistent patterns at various ranges. The key is to target the turkey’s nervous system: the brain and the spinal column. This shot is lethal and drops the turkey down right on the spot. Distance won’t be a problem when you’re locked and loaded with Long Beard XR. Now you just need to understand the capabilities of your shotgun, shotell and choke combination.

 

Winchester has made it easier than ever to pattern your shotgun. If you want to pattern on site with a printout, you can download a free turkey target at winchester.com/library/targets. The innovative, free Winchester Pattern Board app allows you to see different patterns based on distance and ammunition. Enter your information and see how the pattern looks. The results aren’t guesses…they are based on actual data made by actual shots by Winchester engineers.

 

When you pattern your shotgun in the field, make sure to keep an eye out for certain variables. How does the pattern change at different distances? Does the point of impact shift? Do you see holes in the pattern? Shoot several times to confirm the pattern. One and done is not the way to go in this instance. Certainty breeds success. If you see a need to improve, make changes to the shotshell, shot size or choke tube in order to close those gaps. Be patient.

 

Winchester Long Beard XR can maintain the dead zone at longer distances. By pre-patterning your shotgun, you’ll know exactly what your shot will look like at every distance….and Winchester will do the rest.

 

For more information on Winchester Long Beard XR ammunition and the Winchester Pattern Board App, visit www.winchester.com