FEDERAL HEAVYWEIGHT TSS
$30–$57 per box of five federalpremium.com
I’ll always remember the spring of 2018 as the year that my buddies— who will a suffer throat infection before spending $5 on a new mouth call—declared that they would gladly pay $10 a shell for a box of turkey loads.
That’s how good TSS is.
With their help, I spent days with a patterning board, testing this stuff through several different 12-gauge guns. With the right choke, the patterns were absolutely devastating. But my most impressive range test was with the .410 loading out of a Remington 870 with a fixed Full choke. With
13⁄16 ounce of No. 9 TSS, that combo outperformed my 20-gauge with 11⁄4-ounce lead turkey loads, a .575 turkey tube, and fiber-optic sights—a setup that I’ve personally seen kill gobblers at 40 steps.
So, how does TSS work on turkeys? I watched the 12-gauge loads tumble half a dozen birds, including a couple of my own, at ranges from 10 to 40 yards. I’ve heard claims of longer clean kills with TSS, but I didn’t see any of those myself. When I’m doing the calling, I don’t allow nonsense like that. But I can say with confidence that if you have even the slightest doubt about No. 9 TSS pellets’ lethality on a tom, don’t.