View Full Version : So what rifle for turkey?

November 24, 2005, 10:13 AM
Sorry, couldn't resist since it's turkey day, and since the other day I was hunting (as allowed) with both my bow (for deer), and also had my CZ 452 Varmint in .22 mag for turkeys, as it was fall turkey gun season then. It had been a tossup between grabbing the 12 ga and a .22 mag - ran with the .22 mag in case I would happened to have seen turkeys at 50 yards plus. As it turned out, I saw no turkeys that weekend.

November 24, 2005, 06:36 PM
12 gauge is considered more sportsman like. 22rim would be fun for head shots though.

November 24, 2005, 07:07 PM
While the .22 Mag. is powerful enough for head shots within about 50 yds., you must remember that turkeys are tough birds. A .22 Hornet up to a .223 Rem. would be a better choice.

November 24, 2005, 07:53 PM
+1 on the .223.

November 24, 2005, 08:12 PM
Because of it's accuracy, I'm thinking about taking my 30-30 Contender out for Spring Gobbler. A head or neck shot should do the trick.


November 24, 2005, 08:44 PM
12ga. Any rifle will get you in trouble with the DNR around here.

November 24, 2005, 09:27 PM
Single shot 20ga, just because that was the last gun I used when the last time I got my own gobbler.

Any shotgun will do unless you're into the "gobbler sniper society" :D.


edited: forgot the ga and to remove the . :(

November 24, 2005, 09:48 PM
a rifle will get you into trouble around here aswell. but A .44 special to the body or a .22 centerfire to the base of the neck would prob. do the job. I dunno.

November 25, 2005, 04:46 PM
25-20, although it is also illegal to hunt turkeys with a rifle here. (Wisconsin). If they should ever change the law, am prepared.

November 25, 2005, 04:48 PM
I've "heard" that .223 is wonderful on turkeys. I've gotten all of mine with a 12 ga.;)

November 25, 2005, 06:28 PM
in my state, in the fall (only), in certain counties (only), including the one where I hunt mostly, during fall turkey gun season, you can use ANY gun for turkey, including rifle. In other counties, shotgun only. In some counties, there is no fall turkey gun season. During spring turkey, it's shotgun only (everywhere). I'd be worried that .223 would destroy too much meat, but they *ARE* tough critters if you don't get a CNS shot, aren't they, so maybe I'd best upgrade to .223 next time I try that....

November 25, 2005, 09:56 PM
.243 Winchester would work fine on turkey and also have enough punch for larger game (such as whitetail).

November 26, 2005, 09:59 AM
.32 H&R Mag Marlin lever. Also available from Armi Sport (via Taylor's) as a Win 92 copy (carbine, long rifle and takedown though the website only shows the takedown), and just about to be made available in a nice new little lever Taurus (Model 65)--in short 16" carbine and 23" (or so?) rifle lengths--that's a bit cheaper than the former and a lot cheaper than the latter. Perfect turkey round. A fair amount more pow than .22 mag and a lot less destructive and any of the overkill .22... or .24... centerfires mentioned. Beyond that, I guess I like the .223 and the I've also shot the .30 carbine to great effect (plently powerful enough and great follow-up shot capability).