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Rifle for turkeys?

Old 02-20-2004, 02:10 PM
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lI was wondering how many of you use a rifle for turkeys and if so what caliber. My dad has a 223 over 12 ga from Savage and it seems to be a good turkey gun. If you use a rifle, do you use full metal jacket bullets or rapid expanding, fragmenting, all energy inside the bird bullets?
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Old 02-20-2004, 04:15 PM
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...TO EVERY MAN HIS OWN HUNT....
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Old 02-20-2004, 07:14 PM
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Only shotgun is legal in my state. shotgun with turkey load will leave you with plenty of meat . That rifle may blow it all to nothing. not ethical
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Old 02-20-2004, 08:10 PM
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I'm talking about killing turkeys humanely rather than wounding them so that they may fly off and die without recovery so get off by back about being unethical that is not what this post is about, especially since you do not even know how the rifle would perform.
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Old 02-20-2004, 08:23 PM
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..OK. I CANT RESIST,LOOK IM NOT AGAINST RIFLE HUNTING FOR TURKEYS
SO LETS NOT GET ALL HOT AND BOTHERED,THEY ARE LEGAL HERE IN
WEST VIRGINIA...BUT IF ANYONE HAS A RIGHT TO BE MAD IT WOULD BE
ME, MY FIRST COUSIN TOOK A 223 BULLET RIGHT IN THE CHEST AND
WAS DEAD,....SO JUST BECAREFUL FRIEND..JUST REMEMBER EVERY MAN
OR WOMEN HAS FREEDOM OF SPEACH AND THOUGHTS...HOPE I HELPED
BUT DONT GO WITH A 22 MAG...
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:30 AM
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Man, is this a can of worms! Most turkey hunters enjoy calling birds therefore using a rifle doesn`t make sense. Here it`s illegal to use a rifle. Shooting a turkey with a rifle is one of those, to each their own things but then I don`t share the spring woods with rifle hunters either.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:41 AM
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...at 30,to 40 yards,a sotgun will kill just as quick....its all in responsibility..
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Old 02-21-2004, 08:19 PM
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IMHO a .223 isnt that bad of a rifle to kill a turkey with. As for the bullets: a fast expanding bullet will destroy alot of meat and kill the turkey dead. A FMJ will not destroy much meat, but it will also whistle off into the next county if it does hit something hard after going through the bird. I quess the choice is yours, what bullet to use. Just be sure of your backstop when you shoot. Not only do we want to have fun out there, we want to be safe also. Hope this helps you out.
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Old 02-21-2004, 09:29 PM
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Only shotgun is legal here and thats what I like to hunt them with.
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Old 02-21-2004, 10:59 PM
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Well, we are restricted to shotguns here in Oregon also. I have talked to people who like to hunt with whatever the heck they want to hunt with and some have used .22 cals. The reasoning is if your a good enough shot and you hit them in the kill zone they'll drop dead right know with little or no damage to the meats....so I've heard.

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