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#3227447 - 04/20/13 07:55 PM What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with
Deek1965
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I had heard that to be an expert turkey hunter the most challenging weapon to use is a .410 due to Mohican sneek necessary to get so close and marksmanship required to such a small amount of powder and lead. My smallest was 870 12ga, 3 inch , number 4s
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#3227458 - 04/20/13 08:18 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Deek1965]
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My first turkey gun was a Mossberg 500 12 gauge shooting 3" shells. My son killed his first one two years ago with a Mossberg 500 Bantam 20 gauge and 3" shells. Hoping to get him #2 in the morning.
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#3227486 - 04/20/13 08:48 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Gravey]
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#3227494 - 04/20/13 08:58 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: PalsPal]
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20 gauge with 3" mags or 12 gauge with 2 3/4 mags. One was first gun for my son and second was my first turkey gun.
To old to be Mohican sneaking and don't want to have to be a great marksman so I use enough to get the job done and then some.

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#3227631 - 04/21/13 03:55 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: shopson]
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Killed 2 of mine with a 20 gauge this year, I may just start using it all of the time. I have killed with a 870 Wingmaster 12 gauge fixed modified choke and 2 3/4" shells, had to be close on that one.
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#3227634 - 04/21/13 04:02 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: smstone22]
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Winchester 1300 3" #5's short barrel but not sure exactly!

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#3227778 - 04/21/13 10:33 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Meathunter73]
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#3227783 - 04/21/13 10:43 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: fredfred]
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May switch to a 20 myself.

My father-in-law's gun shoots a better pattern than my 12 \:D
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#3227830 - 04/21/13 11:49 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: RUGER]
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I killed my 3rd longbeard this season with my dads Benelli M1 20ga. First one ever for me with a 20. May start carrying it quite a bit, its a couple lbs lighter than my SBE2.
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#3227880 - 04/21/13 01:14 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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A .22 lol jk , 20 gauge
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#3227963 - 04/21/13 04:06 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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IMO a 410 is a poor choice for turkey and irresponsible. A 20ga with 3" shells can be just as deadly as a 12ga if using right combo.
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#3227975 - 04/21/13 04:40 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: BowGuy84]
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My grandfather and uncles have killed "hundreds" of turkeys back home in the "glades" with 410 shotguns. I myself, killed my first two turkeys with a 410 shotgun.
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#3227988 - 04/21/13 04:57 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Benelli 4 Life]
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Thought a 410 wasn't legal in tn for turkeys. For me 20 gauge.
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#3228002 - 04/21/13 05:13 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: TNhunter]
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Winchester 1300 12 guage with 3" 6's with a modified choke that was left in by mistake.
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#3228008 - 04/21/13 05:18 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: TheAirMan]
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With the right load (and by that I mean specifically handloaded TSS 9 shot) a .410 is a perfectly effective turkey killer to 30 yards (and slightly further in some instances). With factory shells -- even the best factory shells -- I wouldn't try it past 20 yards. It is legal in TN, however, and one of these days, with handloaded TSS 9 shot, I'm going to kill a turkey with my .410.

As for now, 12 gauge accounts for all my kills.

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#3228053 - 04/21/13 06:21 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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A bow i guess, as far as guns go it would be a 12ga with 2 3/4's
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#3228063 - 04/21/13 06:46 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: northeasthunter]
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So it seems most agree that a .410 is indeed a weapon to boast of harvesting a turkey with. Maybe more difficult that using a compound bow. Group it in with using a long bow then.
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#3228097 - 04/21/13 07:33 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Deek1965]
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 Originally Posted By: Deek1965
So it seems most agree that a .410 is indeed a weapon to boast of harvesting a turkey with. Maybe more difficult that using a compound bow. Group it in with using a long bow then.


I disagree.

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#3228136 - 04/21/13 08:09 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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 Originally Posted By: DeerKiller2012
A .22 lol jk , 20 gauge



They allow .22 cal pellet guns in California. They seem to work well.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/thread/1366264456/Another+airgun+turkey%21++Graphic%21
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#3228218 - 04/21/13 09:32 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: BowGuy84]
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 Originally Posted By: BowGuy84
 Originally Posted By: Deek1965
So it seems most agree that a .410 is indeed a weapon to boast of harvesting a turkey with. Maybe more difficult that using a compound bow. Group it in with using a long bow then.


I disagree.


It depends. It's always more difficult to make an accurate shot with bow if we're just talking about the shot. But most competent bow shooters are very effective at 30 yards, which is beyond the effective range of a .410 with factory shells. Many bow shooters are very effective at 40 yards -- double the effective range of a .410 with factory shells. So if we're talking about hunting out of a blind where movement doesn't matter and it's just getting them close enough and making the shot, the you could argue that the .410 is more of a handicap than a bow. If we're talking about hunting without a blind -- then it's absolutely no contest. A bow is much much much more challenging.

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#3228353 - 04/22/13 07:34 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: trealtree]
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 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: DeerKiller2012
A .22 lol jk , 20 gauge



They allow .22 cal pellet guns in California. They seem to work well.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/thread/1366264456/Another+airgun+turkey%21++Graphic%21

That's awesome , I'd like to give that a whirl

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#3228469 - 04/22/13 09:14 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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My first two turkeys was with a New England Firearms single shot youth model 20 gauge with 3 inch shells. Built in modified choke/barrell. Both turkeys were about 20 yards. I was 10 years old on one, and 11 on the other. Do not remember the shells other than they were 3 inches.
I wouldn't advise using this gun for anybody to be truthful, I can somehow remember only finding one bb in the first ones head, it went into his eye socket. No other pellets anywhere in head, neck or body.

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#3229145 - 04/23/13 06:35 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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 Originally Posted By: DeerKiller2012
 Originally Posted By: trealtree
 Originally Posted By: DeerKiller2012
A .22 lol jk , 20 gauge



They allow .22 cal pellet guns in California. They seem to work well.

http://www.network54.com/Forum/79537/thread/1366264456/Another+airgun+turkey%21++Graphic%21

That's awesome , I'd like to give that a whirl


I agree
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#3229390 - 04/23/13 12:04 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: TNhunter]
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 Originally Posted By: TNhunter
Thought a 410 wasn't legal in tn for turkeys. For me 20 gauge.


They changed it two or maybe three years ago.
Can't really remember.
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#3229631 - 04/23/13 05:41 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: RUGER]
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#3411745 - 10/21/13 09:46 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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I kill most of mine the last couple years with a 28 gauge, but the .410 is the smallest I've killed with.
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#3411811 - 10/21/13 10:29 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: hawglips]
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Good to see you here Hawglips. Welcome to TNDEER.
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#3411873 - 10/21/13 11:07 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: tickweed]
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A 20" bolt from my Xbow........... almost anyone can take one with a shotgun (JUST KIDDING)
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#3412470 - 10/21/13 05:40 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: 8 POINTS OR BETTER]
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 Originally Posted By: 8 POINTS OR BETTER
Good to see you here Hawglips. Welcome to TNDEER.


Thanks! I'm hoping to hunt a bit in TN this spring, so figured I ought to come by!

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#3412601 - 10/21/13 07:15 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: hawglips]
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 Originally Posted By: hawglips
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Good to see you here Hawglips. Welcome to TNDEER.


Thanks! I'm hoping to hunt a bit in TN this spring, so figured I ought to come by!


Yea welcome hawg, this site is why I dont visit GN much this time of year
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#3412682 - 10/21/13 07:39 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: fredfred]
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Wow! That would have been co to watch!
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#3412683 - 10/21/13 07:40 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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#3412700 - 10/21/13 07:44 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: timberjack86]
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#3412955 - 10/21/13 09:34 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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smallest to largest

20ga, 12ga, u-haul 24 footer
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#3414555 - 10/22/13 09:13 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
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Bow. Killed 11 so far with it. Nothing like shooting a strutting tom in the spring with an arrow.
Biggest thing I have shot one with is Knight MK2000 muzzeloader shotgun. Shoots 2oz of 6 shot!!
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#3414703 - 10/22/13 10:41 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: callemquacktn]
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#3415586 - 10/23/13 02:20 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: deerhunter10]
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The only thing I have ever used is Benelli Supernova with 3 1/2" #4 shot

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#3428434 - 10/30/13 10:49 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: RUGER]
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 Originally Posted By: RUGER
May switch to a 20 myself.

My father-in-law's gun shoots a better pattern than my 12 \:D


on a serious note, it looks like recoil to me, something that many never factor into the equation
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#3430082 - 10/31/13 08:26 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: fredfred]
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#3431516 - 11/01/13 09:01 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Inkstainz]
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#3433276 - 11/03/13 07:36 AM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Rockhound]
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#3462550 - 11/20/13 03:40 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Southern Sportsman]
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#3463358 - 11/20/13 09:43 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: infoman jr.]
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My son killed his first with a Rossi single shot youth 20 gauge with the factory modified choke barrel. I knew he had to be close and that longbeard came to 19 yards.
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#3495996 - 12/11/13 01:17 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Spurhunter]
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I've killed several with three different 16 gauge guns, some with a Browning Sweet 16 loaded with #7 1/2 dove loads. Get the birds under 30 yards, and it really may not matter much what you're shooting.

IMO, it's mostly marketing hype that we NEED dedicated turkey guns with super-tight chokes.

Although I've killed most of my turkeys with a 12 ga gun, I expect most of my future harvests will be with my latest "dedicated" turkey gun which is a 20 gauge. Light as a feather, very effective to 45 yards, a pleasure to carry.

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#3496328 - 12/11/13 05:44 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: Wes Parrish]
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#3497666 - 12/12/13 02:06 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: TW]
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