But there is a catch: When I tested Long Beard 6s versus Hevi-13 7s for penetration, it was no contest. Hevi-13 penetrated three times deeper into a duct-taped phone book. Based on that, I’d say Long Beard No. 6 is a load for 40-plus yards, not quite 50, since pellets still need to break bones and pene-trate skulls when they hit a bird. Twenty-gauge Long Beard will also be available in No. 5 shot, however, and I suspect with the right choke that load will add a few yards to your lethal reach. Meanwhile, these new loads easily outshoot any other 20-gauge lead turkey load I’ve ever seen, and that’s major progress for the hunter who wants to walk the extra mile with a 20-gauge and still be able to shoot the extra yard when the time comes.