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Old 11-23-2004, 21:09   #1
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Rifle for Fall Turkey - caliber?

What is the minimum caliber you would consider for shooting a turkey in the neck or head if they are out of shotgun range?

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Old 11-23-2004, 21:14   #2
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Old 11-23-2004, 21:22   #3
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I've taken several turkeys in the fall using a Marlin 882 bolt action .22 Magnum.
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Old 11-24-2004, 00:03   #4
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Any .22 caliber (.22lr, .22wmr, .223, .22-250) preferably with a scope since you're out of shotgun range and going for a small, often moving target. Really though any flat shooting small caliber would be fine including the .17 calibers.
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Old 11-24-2004, 01:44   #5
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.22 mag or .17 mag...
both excellent on turkeys.
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Old 11-24-2004, 09:02   #6
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TexAg, said,,,(quote)

Any .22 caliber (.22lr, .22wmr, .223, .22-250) preferably with a scope since you're out of shotgun range and going for a small, often moving target. Really though any flat shooting small caliber would be fine including the .17 calibers. (end quote).


He really pretty much nailed it for ya here...

I will 'add' to his list on up to 243, and 6mm rem. This way, you got a tad more to use 'if your turkey season coincides' with the deer season. I have taken a great deal of fall turkeys with the 6mm rem, all 'craw shots.' But 'all of the calibers' mentioned above will do just fine on a gobbler.


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Old 11-24-2004, 09:59   #7
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:15   #8
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Old 11-24-2004, 12:36   #9
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The .25-20 Winchester is an old time favorite.
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Old 11-24-2004, 18:23   #10
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Any .22 caliber (.22lr, .22wmr, .223, .22-250) preferably with a scope since you're out of shotgun range and going for a small, often moving target. Really though any flat shooting small caliber would be fine including the .17 calibers.
I've been thinking about getting a .22lr but wasn't sure if that was sufficient for turkey at say 60 - 75 yds. I have a .270 deer rifle. But if I accidentally shoot low, not much bird will be left.

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Old 11-25-2004, 01:02   #11
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I've been thinking about getting a .22lr but wasn't sure if that was sufficient for turkey at say 60 - 75 yds. I have a .270 deer rifle. But if I accidentally shoot low, not much bird will be left.

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Don't shoot low then. ;f

I love my .17 Rem.
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Old 11-25-2004, 15:52   #12
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I would go with a .22 or .17 magnum. Ive also heard the .22 hornet is a great round for turkeys. What do you have that you think will work? If you have a rimfire magnum use that, if you dont but have a .223 you could use that. Unless your looking for a reason to get a new rifle. If I were going to buy a new rifle to just hunt turkeys with it would probably be a .22 hornet.
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Old 11-25-2004, 17:04   #13
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I promise you that 22 LR will kill that bird at 75 yards... if you "must" shoot that far, aim for the "butt of the folded wing."
I've done it, and it will kill him. Understand, there are "better choices though."

This really isn't hard. This is not a tank you are after, as tuff as turkeys are, the 22LR, will do the job, if you place the bullet correctly. If this is all you got , go ahead. But, if you can get something better, as mentioed above by some of the guys, then do that.

Have a nice meal!


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Old 11-28-2004, 16:52   #14
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I don't know because we can only use a shotgun and shotgun only. No rifles allowed.
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Old 11-28-2004, 19:24   #15
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The Savage Model 24F-20 Combo Rifle/Shotgun might be a good choice.

.22 Long rifle barrel over a 20 gauge shotgun barrel might be best for turkey hunting.
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Old 11-29-2004, 00:49   #16
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{I promise you that 22 LR will kill that bird at 75 yards... if you "must" shoot that far, aim for the "butt of the folded wing."
I've done it, and it will kill him. Understand, there are "better choices though."
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best advice given so far. These guys planning on shooting a turkey in the head/neck need to get out in world and see just how hard that can be and specially at extended distances, in field condition with not the best support and stabilization. It is not an easy task.

I find my 12ga shotgun do be an excellent & effective turkey getter upto 40yrds, any thing more you need an 10ga.
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.243 in the neck just above where it meets the body. If you've got a good rifle/scope, this is the real world.
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