Rifles for turkey

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  1. beav

    beav Elite Refuge Member

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    It's actually legal in a number of states to turkey hunt with a rifle!

    I've gotten one with a .22 magnum and my father got one with a 22 Hornet about 2-3 years ago.

    I'm told that the old 25-20 lever action was a hugely popular tukey rifle back in the day.

    I will tell you that they don't flop around after they've been shot with a rifle. They fall down graveyard dead.

    I'm just curious if anybody else uses them and what calibers they use.
     
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    What challenge would that be? I have a 17 hmr that would drop one at about 200 yards, but to me the challenge is to get them in as close as you can.
     
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    A 17 HMR is not ethical for turkey or anything else at 200yds.

    If you noticed, the calibers I mentioned are close-in - 22 mag, 22 Hornet. In fact, Remington recommends a 50-yard zero for the 25-20. You still need to get them in close. I would argue that a bullet is more lethal than a bunch of shot. Don't knock it till you try it.

    My question still stands. Anybody else have experience with rifles and turkey?
     
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    Sounds pretty d@mn dangerous to me...........:(
     
  5. beav

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    Less dangerous than being in the woods with deer hunters with LARGE CALIBER rifles.

    Here again, I'm talking about ballistically skimpy calibers at targets closer-in than you apparently realize. I don't know about where you all live, but you can't see in the woods more than 50-60 yards because the undergrowth is so thick. Plus, they're too wary to let you even get close enough to take a 200 yd shot across a field
     
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    I'm talking about ballistically skimpy calibers

    The 17HMR is a better round than the 22mag. The accuracy is better due to the lighter bullet. Less wind drift and flatter shooting. It has a higher velocity from start to finish. They designed the 17HMR to have the same punch as the 22mag.
    Same punch, higher speed and better accuracy = better overall.


    If you cant get close enough for a 200 yard shot, how do you get them in for a 50-60 yard shot?
     
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    Uh-huh. But neither are sufficient for the 200 yd shot you say you can make.

    Do you know what the wind drift in a 10mph cross wind would be for a 17hmr at 200 yds?
    How many ft-lbs would it deliver at 200 yds?

    You can look them up, but I'll tell you: plenty and not ethically enough for anything the size of a turkey. If you say you could do it at 50-75, I'd be less skeptical.


    Typically we get against a tree, get real still and yelp, cluck, purr, or do a kee-kee. Same as you all, I'm sure.
    My point is the 200 yard shot you say you can make will never present itself. You can't see that far in the woods and it's not likely that one can sneak them feeding out in the middle of a field before they high-tail it out of there.
     
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    Rifles for turkey's = lazy turkey hunter, crappy sportsman and poor caller........PERIOD.. Quote that Jacko.
     
  9. beav

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    You're full of that stuff we have in barnyards. Quote that.

    How many times do I have to tell you chuckleheads that the distances w/rifles are virtually the same as shotguns?

    If you don't like it, don't do it. But don't criticize what you obviously know nothing about. The game departments of more than few states disagree with you.

    Sheesh!!! :rolleyes:
     
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    I hunted around Ladysmith for years. It's thick alright. When I saw a turkey, it was usually within .12 gauge skeet range.:D
     

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