tevens-301-turkey-bottomlands-410-shotgun/. Of the LEAD ammo I had shot, the best results was with the Federal #6. So I bought a box of Federal # 6 and Federal #71/2 as used in the article. I followed the same routine as in the article. After 3 hours, I was getting consistent pattern from the Federal # 6 (28 to 33 pellets in a 5 inch circle at 25 yards). Then I tried the 7 1/2, to my surprise, it did not pattern as well as the #6. Then I tried a couple of rounds from the previously purchased loads. None patterned as well as the Federal #6. Not the Hevi-shot nor Hevi-strut. I would have to re-adjust the scope to use any loads other than the Federal & #6, #7.5 or the Remington #5. The #7.5 or #5 don't do as well as the Federal #6, but are acceptable. Sticking with the Federal #6, they are less than$10.84 for a box of 25 at Walmart including tax. Had I known I would have to spend this much time and money to select a hunting load, I would never have bought the gun. I haven't hunted with it yet. Hope the #6 will take down a squirrel, their skin is tough. Another issue I have had is getting the for arm back on once removed to break the gun down for cleaning. It is easy off, but difficult to put back. Hoping this will get better with age. If your not planning on turkey hunting with this gun I would not recommend it. The SST's are about $7.00 a shot.