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#2819234 - 05/01/12 02:29 PM Near or Far?
12 Point

Registered: 08/11/03
Posts: 6606
Loc: Middle TN

Just curious.......
what is the longest and the closest distance from which you have ever taken a Tom ?

For me, the closest was 11 yds.
The longest was 72 yds. Thats right! I know you may find that hard to believe, but I did have a witness that day. Prior to that day, my longest was at 52 yds.
These were all with a Mossberg 835 UltiMag with # 5 Winchester Supremes, 3" Mag, and Jelly Head choke.

I prefer a shot at 20 to 30 yds, as that is the best pattern from my gun.

Lotta folks bad mouth the 835, but I can tell ya, it is a deadly weapon on those wary Toms!!
"As long as you're green you're growing... once you're ripe you start to rot". Ray Croc

Ecclesiastes 10:2 (NIV)“The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left.”

#2819244 - 05/01/12 02:42 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Knothead]
Grizzly Johnson Moderator
Turkey Forum Police
16 Point

Registered: 10/07/08
Posts: 14718
Loc: Tennessee

This may go downhill fast.....

Newcomers to the sport may read this thread and think because some guns can do it, theirs can too.... resulting in wounded & lost birds. They may not take the time to test & pattern loads to see what shoots the best in their gun..... or even shoot it to check POA/POI, which is about like taking a bore-sighted rifle to the deer woods and expecting to kill a deer.

But for the sake of asking, why would you shoot a turkey @ 72 yards, especially with lead shot?

Mine is 15 steps for the closest with #5 lead & 48 paces with Hevi-13 #6 handloads.
VooDoo Mafia
Bustin' Heads Is Our Specialty

#2819247 - 05/01/12 02:49 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
10 Point

Registered: 08/26/04
Posts: 2975
Loc: Wartburg, TN (Morgan Co)

I've shot 1 at 60 steps.....2 at 55 steps, both Dead when I got there. closest at 30.

All my long shots were last chance, messed with them for a couple of hours and was the closest they would come.

I shoot a benelli nova mad maxx choke with Remington Premium Turkey Load #5...the $15 box.

#2819248 - 05/01/12 02:51 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: cruff10]
8 Point

Registered: 08/06/09
Posts: 1224
Loc: Missouri

8 yds, 58 yds
#2819252 - 05/01/12 02:54 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
12 Point

Registered: 12/27/07
Posts: 6452
Loc: Munford, TN

Seriously? Is there nothing else to discuss?

Here's a better topic: why do people think its impressive to talk about killing birds at ridiculous ranges? All it tells me is you are A) a ridiculously bad judge of distance or B) an unethical hunter.

#2819256 - 05/01/12 02:55 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Grizzly Johnson]
Andy S.
TnDeer Old Timer
14 Point

Registered: 07/26/99
Posts: 7608
Loc: Atoka, TN

Closest was 7-8 of my steps, furthest was 61 of my steps (approx 55 yards based on my stride). Both in woods with 3.5" Win HV #4 lead shells. I aimed just above beard for the closest shot (to reduce likelihood of missing) and I misjudged the 61 step shot one afternoon. I thought he was about 50 or so steps. I remember both very vividly. These are both extreme cases as I much prefer a 25-35 yard shot.
Andy S.

#2819257 - 05/01/12 03:00 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Andy S.]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 15108
Loc: Franklin TN

6 yards and 23 yards. Stepped off, no rangefinder. All using win supreme high velocity 3" 5 or 6 shot. H&R pump 12 ga 28" barrel. Not the best patterns but sure does kill em.
Team Run 'N Gunners

#2819259 - 05/01/12 03:02 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: catman529]
8 Point

Registered: 12/31/09
Posts: 2172
Loc: Knoxville, TN

mad Online
Near - 4 steps, way too freaking close.

Far- hate to admit it, but smoked one years ago at 60 steps in a cotton field that pushed me over the edge after 7 hours of waiting for him to come closer. Other than that, I haven't shot one past 40.

#2819263 - 05/01/12 03:05 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Setterman]
16 Point

Registered: 11/10/10
Posts: 15108
Loc: Franklin TN

7 hours? Man I'd have shot him after 3 hours, who cares if some call me unethical, I only take a shot I'm comfortable with anyway and haven't even shot one yet at 30 yards. But if I were a better shot and had a better choke/shell setup, I'd take the farther shot if he made me wait that long.
Team Run 'N Gunners

#2819264 - 05/01/12 03:06 PM Re: Near or Far? [Re: Setterman]
6 Point

Registered: 11/01/10
Posts: 608
Loc: TN

I once killed a longbeard that was so close that even the wad went through his head.
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