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Old March 16, 2012, 12:46 AM   #1
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Turkey hunting with a rifle?

I've hunted turkey with a bow and shotguns in the past but, I've really had the inclination to use my .17 HMR. Anybody else ever use a small caliber rifle for turkey hunting? Cant hardly wait for the season to get here. Only 4 more weeks here in Idaho.
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Old March 16, 2012, 12:53 AM   #2
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Illegal to use rifles here
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Old March 16, 2012, 12:57 AM   #3
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Sounds like fun!

I had a Pro-Engineer class instructor show me a big belt buckle he was wearing turkey hunting in Texas.It had a deep round dent in the middle of it from a .22 Magnum.

Seems turkey hunters get pretty invisible all camo'd up,but a little movement attracts attention.

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Old March 16, 2012, 01:20 AM   #4
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Do they make solids in 17HMR?
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Old March 16, 2012, 01:24 AM   #5
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I'm not sure...good question
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Old March 16, 2012, 01:35 AM   #6
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I don't think I'd want to shoot anything I was gonna eat with a V-Max...just sayin'.
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Old March 16, 2012, 02:34 AM   #7
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I have killed a few turkeys in PA with my .243, rifles are legal there in the fall season.

Got a big gobbler with a 70 grain Ballistic Tip at 3450 FPS MV, he weighed a bit less dead than live weight, but was still a lot of eating on him. I shot a hen with same load, clipped her neck, did not ruin any meat.
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Old March 16, 2012, 07:53 AM   #8
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Not legal to use rifles here neitrher. I guess if you are good enough shot to hit it in the head or neck, the .17 would be fine.
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Old March 16, 2012, 08:39 AM   #9
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In the old days, they used to use a muzzle loader.
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Old March 16, 2012, 08:43 AM   #10
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I killed a turkey recently with the 17 Mach 2 and a V-max. The bullet make a neat little hole in the breast and exploded in the boiler room. Very effective and no meat loss.
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Old March 16, 2012, 08:47 AM   #11
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Illegal in Arkansas.
Very dangerous thing to do.
Turkey hunters dress up to become near invisible then pretend to sound like a turkey.
Sadly, there are many 'turkeys' out there who have no hesitation to take "sound shots".
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Old March 16, 2012, 08:48 AM   #12
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My step dad swears by the .22mag for turkey.....though all I've used is my 12ga.
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Old March 16, 2012, 09:12 AM   #13
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Thats all I use, a Remington 700 BDL Var, in 223 using FMJ bullets, works good.

My Granddaughter has turkey hunting with a rifle down pat;

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Old March 16, 2012, 10:06 AM   #14
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i use a CZ 680 in .22 hornet in the fall, small hole with no meat loss. i limite my shots to 125 yds in the clear. eastbank.

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Old March 16, 2012, 10:14 AM   #15
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That's what I'm talking about!! Nice! No worries about schrapnel with a headshot!
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Old March 16, 2012, 11:21 AM   #16
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I have read that the .22WMR is a favorite among many turkey hunters who live in states where it is legal. I believe the article was talking about either Texas or New Mexico but, just like Scout said, they shoot them in the breast and no meat loss. I would think the .17HMR would do just as well as the .22WMR. Also illegal in Georgia. Shotgun only.
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Old March 16, 2012, 11:44 AM   #17
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It's illegal here in Ohio, but I've always wondered why I can't use a .22lr, a good rifle with premium ammo can do head shots all day long from 100 yards or less.
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Old March 16, 2012, 11:48 AM   #18
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Also illegal in Georgia. Shotgun only.
Last I heard, you could also use muzzleloaders up there. Is that still true?
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Old March 16, 2012, 11:56 AM   #19
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If it were legal here, I'd see about working up a load with some of those 115 gr FMJ's they make for the 6.8 SPC in my .270 WIN ......
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Old March 16, 2012, 12:31 PM   #20
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Here in CA it's legal to hunt them with an air rifle as long as it's .20 cal and above and above 12 ft lbs. LOTS of them the last couple of years too.
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Old March 16, 2012, 12:39 PM   #21
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I once head-shot a big ole tom with a .22LR at about 40 yards. Easy shot and immediately effective. He folded up like a cheap pocketknife.
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Old March 16, 2012, 09:18 PM   #22
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Wy 17 is illegal 22 mag or bigger.
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Old March 16, 2012, 09:52 PM   #23
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223 is a great round for turkey...I've taken several with my old 223/12. My father has a 218 bee that's a perfect turkey rifle.
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Old March 16, 2012, 10:55 PM   #24
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here too

NOt legal to hunt turkeys with a rifle here either. I have seen some areas where fall turkey can be hunted w/ a rifle.

But...to snipe a strutting gobbler at 100 yds plus, even if legal, seems hollow. Toms are prone to get out in the open and display, picking one off w/o calling or the challenge of getting close, (shotgun range) is cheating to me.
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Old March 17, 2012, 12:06 AM   #25
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But...to snipe a strutting gobbler at 100 yds plus, even if legal, seems hollow. Toms are prone to get out in the open and display, picking one off w/o calling or the challenge of getting close, (shotgun range) is cheating to me.
Me, too .... and a whole lot of other folks..... thus the fall season for rifle.... toms don't strut in the open then. .... IME, they use the hordes of jakes and jennies as Polish Mine Detectors, always bringing up the rear of any group.....

I have found the jakes to be the best eating, anyhow...... and ridiculously easy to call ..... a mock fight will bring them running from 1/4 mile away!

Fall flocks remind me of nothing so much as a middle school recess .... a few Boss Hens trying to keep their charges under control, out of trouble, and from doing serious damage to each other..... with the Toms at the back of the lot across the street hobnobbing, drinking brandy and smoking cigars, muttering "Boys will be boys, I guess....."
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