Sub-gauge Turkeys

Discussion in 'Turkey Hunters Forum' started by pointblind, Apr 13, 2016.

  1. SB2MAG

    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    I shot one Turkey with the .410. I used Remington 2 1/2" 4s. I didn't pattern the gun but figured it would be fine out to 20yards. The first shot, I missed the Turkey at seven yards and the second shot killed it at 15. It was a broad side shot with its head up and it had pellets in it from its head to its legs.

    Next time I will use 3" 6s and pattern the gun to 25yards.
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    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    25 yards 3" 6s. Full choke .410.

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  3. noweil

    noweil Elite Refuge Member

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    Grab one with your bare hand and let me know what happens. If wild turkeys weighed 150#, they would rule the earth. A wounded 23.5# bird can do a lot of damage before you can choke it to death. Always take a gun to retrieve a shot turkey.
     
  4. H20DAD

    H20DAD Elite Refuge Member

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    You have to grab and twist real hard. Breaks their neck and then you let them flop.

    I once won a dollar for betting a guy I could run down a Canada goose out of a flock of about 150 and bring it back to the truck, in January.
     
  5. bill cooksey

    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    I have a small scar on my right wrist from a time, many years ago, I picked up a turkey I thought was done. A friend of mine has a major scar on one of his fingers from doing the same thing. That turkey managed to get a spur hooked into his glove. He was attached to a wildly flopping gobbler for a minute or two while he was trying to shake off the glove. I believe he ended up with seven stitches.

    As to the .410, I've never seen one I thought a capable 25 yard turkey gun with factory ammo. A loading of #9 TSS, or similar heavier than lead shot, can get the right gun there. Otherwise, fifteen is about all you can really hope for. That said, I'm sure someone will post the exception, and I don't doubt it exists.
     
  6. SB2MAG

    SB2MAG Elite Refuge Member

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    Remington .410 game load 3" 5s, 25 yards.

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  7. mudhen

    mudhen Elite Refuge Member

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    Nope...

    I'll stick with a 12 until the wind stops blowing in Nebraska & Kansas...
     
  8. pointblind

    pointblind Elite Refuge Member

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    Yeah, grabbing undead birds by the leg is a bad idea...

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    I've never held on long enough to get that result.....Ouch!
     
  10. huntin14

    huntin14 Senior Refuge Member

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    If using a .410 (or any smaller gauge for that matter) and shots are going to be kept under 20 yards, why not up the pellet count with #7.5 lead instead of using the larger "traditional" turkey loads of #4-#6 shot?
     

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