While 40 yards and in is the recommended shot distance for turkeys to ensure harvest, Winchester has introduced a new turkey load that it claims can extend that range by up to 20 yards.
The Winchester Long Beard XR turkey load features Shot-Lok Technology to offer tighter patterns and longer shots, as well as the knockdown power of heavier-than-lead loads for hunters needing to push the limits.
Shot-Lok Technology is a resin that completely encapsulates the lead pellets and eliminates air space around the pellets. This prevents movement, allowing virtually no pellet deformation. When fired, the resin fractures and acts as a buffer for the shot. Together this keeps the pellets rounds, allowing them to fly straighter and tighter.
“Long Beard XR is the most innovative turkey load ever developed in the history of Winchester, and our engineers continue to raise the bar every year with new products across many categories,” said Brett Flaugher, vice president of sales, marketing and strategy for Winchester Ammunition. “We are very excited to get this product in the hands of the millions of turkey hunters across North America … they will immediately recognize a difference in performance.”
Advantages of Shot-Lok Technology
· Protects shot during in-bore acceleration
· Shot launches from barrel near perfectly round for extremely tight long-range patterns
· Twice the number of pellets in a 10-inch circle out to 60 yards
· Ten percent greater penetration over standard lead loads beyond 50 yards
· Devastating terminal on-target performances
Winchester Long Beard XR will be offered in 3- and 3 1/2-inch, 12-gauge loads in No. 4, 5 and 6 shot sizes.