Second, Long Beard technology may put it far beyond anything else in lead ammo, but there are still limitations to a 1 ¼ ounce load. We shot both 5s and 6s and, while our 50 yard targets all had at least one hit in the kill zone, I wouldn’t be comfortable shooting 20-gauge Long Beard that far or telling you to do it. Forty-five yards was a different story. A typical 45-yard target is pictured above. I’d shoot 45 yard turkeys with Long Beard all day long if the conditions were right.
About those conditions: we were in short-legged chairs with shooting sticks. We weren’t twisting around trees and our hearts weren’t racing, as they sometimes are when you’re turkey hunting. We could take our time to shoot and put the center of the pattern on target. Even so, we found that at longer ranges we had to dope the wind a little when we shot. According to Meyer, even a 10 mph crosswind can move a pattern eight or nine inches at 50 yards, which can be enough to put the pattern core off-target.