Are the new Winchester XR turkey loads legal in California?
Question: Winchester has introduced new turkey ammo that is getting good reviews and I would like to try them out but they use a system that encapsulates the shot and therefore the shot is not “loose in the shell”. Does this make this type of ammo illegal? What is the purpose of having the shot loose in the shell? (Jim C.)
Answer: This ammo is not legal because the law requires that all shot must be loose in the shell. So if the shot is encapsulated as you describe, then it is considered a slug. The specific section says, “Shotgun shells may not be used or possessed that contain shot size larger than No. BB, except that shot size larger than No. 2 may not be used or possessed when taking wild turkey. All shot shall be loose in the shell” (California Code of Regulations Title 14, section 311(b)).
While this product violates the letter of the law today, this language was put into place originally for another specific purpose. It was to address a problem in the days of lead shot where buck shot would be wired together with piano wire and to prevent people from coming up with a way to turn shot into a slug (e.g. melted lead, rusted steel, etc.). In the future, these regulations may be rewritten to allow this type of ammunition, but as of now it is still a violation of the law and so you could be cited for using it.
Im with Steve, I like 6's or 7's, one shot to the head and there are doneilovesprig said:My question is......Why shoot that stuff that costs 6 bucks a shell? When lead is just as good, if not better at a little over a dollar a shell.
My daughters 20 gauge....25 yds, lead, 3" 1 1/4 ounces of 6's.
Phil......This was your pattern.......Wasn't this Kent lead 3", 5's at 30 yds?