FED­ERAL HEAVY­WEIGHT TSS

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Field and Stream - - FIELD TEST - —Will Brant­ley

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.

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