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#3227963 - 04/21/13 04:06 PM Re: What is smallest weapon you have taken turkey with [Re: DeerKiller2012]
BowGuy84
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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]
curdogtn
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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]
TNhunter
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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]
TheAirMan
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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]
northeasthunter
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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]
BowGuy84
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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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