Federal TSS 20 Ga.

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  1. ky.longbeard

    ky.longbeard 10 pointer

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    Heard a lot of hype about these shells. I had a young man tell me yesterday he used them last year and that they were the real deal in #9 shot.He also said he just used a flush mount full choke and that the pattern at 45 yds. for a 20 ga. was outstanding.They are pricey at 29.99 per 5 . Usually with shells this high there is a rebate available but I haven't seen any on the internet anywhere . Anyone have any experience with these?
     
  2. Meatstick

    Meatstick 10 pointer

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    Killed 3 birds with the 9's in a 12 this spring. Nothing else comes close to these shells. I shoot them thru an Indian Creek .665 and they are beyond impressive. I killed all my birds close anyway tho. At 25 yards, all those little heavy ass pellets will rip a tom's head off no kidding
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  3. OLE RASPY

    OLE RASPY 6 pointer

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    I might buy some when I run out of my longbeards and heavy.
     
  4. pentail

    pentail Bacon Staff Member

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    3 birds, one at 45, one at 25, and PR's second bird at 52 yards on the last day of season. Every one grave yard dead. 20 gauge, TSS 9's, one gun with Jellyhead tube, one with Longbeard XR tube, and one with Primos Tightwad. All three patterned extremely well. Full penetration through neck and skull, even at extended range. Real deal. Cost of shells are worth it to me to be able to pack a lightweight 20.
     
  5. ky.longbeard

    ky.longbeard 10 pointer

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    Looks like I will be buying some for the grandsons 20 ga.
     
  6. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 12 pointer

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    Better start looking for it now.....tough to find, even at the high prices.
     
  7. KYH5N1

    KYH5N1 10 pointer

    Midwayusa.com, Rodgers, has it right now. Midway only has the 20ga in 7 shot right now. Like mentioned, bethere get it while you can.
     
  8. Drahts

    Drahts 10 pointer

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    I just got some TSS shot in, gonna make some loads n pattern
     
  9. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    That would be the way to go
     
  10. Meatstick

    Meatstick 10 pointer

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    I did the same. Even my meticulous handloading won't hold a candle to the federals. I'm a rookie with the htl stuff tho
     
  11. Dark Cloud

    Dark Cloud 12 pointer

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    Apex has them listed on their website,their shells are around eight dollars a piece.I think field and stream or sports afield stated they tested better than thr federal.Thats a high price to pay for a shell,I can’t say much,I used the heavy weights ,the last several years I hunted,them things in five ,be hard to beat em.

    Rogers,and Natchez has federal around six dollars a shell
     
  12. Drahts

    Drahts 10 pointer

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    I plan to test out some lighter loads. With the payload they are delivering and number of pellets in a 7 shell you don't need 2oz of TSS. But I'll base what I do off the patterning and penetration tests.
     
  13. mudhole crossing

    mudhole crossing 12 pointer

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    Well for me it's like this. I've been turkey hunting it since '96. I've killed 2 birds every yr but 2. Only reason I didn't get the other 2 was I didn't get the op to shoot. I always buy the grey box of copper plated turkey loads at Wally for under $8 for 10. No way I'll pay $30 for 5. If u can afford it and think it's an advantage, I don't blame u one bit. Game deserve the most lethal death. But $6 a pop is pretty mind blowing.
     
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  14. ky.longbeard

    ky.longbeard 10 pointer

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    Got two boxes in the gun cabinet. I'm gonna give em a try in the grandsons 20 and if they do well I may be switching to a 20 myself !
     
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