My dad shot his first turkey a few years ago with a 12 gauge muzzleloader. I know he devised a paper shot cup by simply wrapping the shot in paper and twisting the load closed. I know he read somewhere that this was a method originally used to create tighter patterns. I'd have to call him to get all the specifics, but I know it was something along those lines. It was pretty awesome to see that thing belch smoke, and hear the turkey flapping around somewhere on the other side!Goshawk said:. One other ting you can do to help improve patterns is to use a shot cup, cut from a plastic wad, on top of your over powder wads. .