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Muzzleloading Turkey

Old 04-03-2021, 05:34 AM
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Thinking about building a muzzleloading rifle for turkey hunting. I'm stuck between 36 and 40 caliber. Might take the occasional squirrel on the side but its primary use would be turkey. What are your opinions on these two calibers. P.S. I would be shooting round ball only preferably body shots where the wing connects to the body.
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Old 04-03-2021, 05:02 PM
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I muzzle load for turkey but use a scatter gun.
IMHO the ball would wreck to much meat.
But everyone's hunt is their own challenge.
36 would be more than wnough
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Old 04-03-2021, 08:01 PM
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Be sure to check your game laws.

I've always wanted a .36 for small game hunting. I'm sure it would do the trick on thunder chickens as well.

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Old 04-11-2021, 06:31 PM
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I used 3 different muzzle loadering shotguns last year and whacked 7 birds.
1st up was my great grandfathers sxs 16 ga. Weighs a ton. 1.7 oz.. #6 copper plated lead, 95 grains of Pioneer Gold. Shot that bird at 7 yards and was 1 of 3 that came in on my 70th birthday.
Next up was a White Tominator. 1.75 ozs of #5 copper plated lead, 105 grains of Pioneer Gold. I missed 1 bird at 10 yards. But did get the next at 15.
The next 5 birds I used my Pedroselli 10 ga sxs. 95 gr, shot card, lubed felt, 1 7/8 #6, shot card.
With lots of work I finally found a load that 10 ga liked.
Front end stuffing shotguns. It is a blast!

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Old 04-11-2021, 06:32 PM
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But this year I'm thinking of going no bang. Xbow and off with their head!
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