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#6702108 - 03/10/17 08:43 PM Shot placement
Christian Hoffmann Offline
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Im 14 yrs old and like to walk our property alot. Sometimes i have a .243, AR, others a 22lr pistol and sometimes Recurve bow. Sometimes i just walk up on a flock, and now that its almost season i can shoot a gobbler. Where shoot u shoot with the rifles? What about the bow?

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#6702302 - 03/11/17 06:44 AM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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Im no Turkey hunter (yet) but, from what i understand the mid neck region for shotguns and bows, not sure about the laws on private property but, i believe we're not supposed to use rifles for turkeys. I could be wrong on that though.

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#6702309 - 03/11/17 07:11 AM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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shotgun = head and neck
rifle = base of neck
bow = good body shot to break a wing(s) and hit vitals.

Using a rifle for spring season is a legal means for harvesting turkeys, except in the east part of the state where hunting for the Eastern subspecies is allowed.
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#6702641 - 03/11/17 03:29 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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If you are using a .223 or bigger just put it on the body. It will kill it.
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#6702642 - 03/11/17 03:30 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
Christian Hoffmann Offline
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In southwest near Devine to Bandera then Rocksprings, guess im good thanks!

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#6702696 - 03/11/17 04:39 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
If you are using a .223 or bigger just put it on the body. It will kill it.


LOL..is there anything left to make a meal out of? I would think that would make a mess of the breast.
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#6702788 - 03/11/17 06:56 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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with the rifle a FMJ works well on turkey body shots. Have seen finger size holes punched through the breast with not that much meat damage. Also a standing alert turkey shot high from the back or right above the beard works pretty good with a rifle. 22 take the neck shot.

Bow Strutting wing but or of facing straight away in the pie hole will make for a quick kill. Same goes for bow as rifle just below sings center of back just below wing butt or wingbutt from the side.
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#6702875 - 03/11/17 08:39 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Gamblinman]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
If you are using a .223 or bigger just put it on the body. It will kill it.


LOL..is there anything left to make a meal out of? I would think that would make a mess of the breast.


Yea just don't use a varmint load. Fmj works fine. Or use a .22, turkeys aren't that hard to kill.
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#6704918 - 03/14/17 09:15 AM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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With the rifle you will want to hit the base of the neck . Body shots can ruin breast meat . A body shot with a high velocity bullet of any type will hit with enough force to bloodshot or blow bones through a lot of meat . On a wild turkey the breast is the main meat , the rest is much smaller and tougher than a store bird . I have neck shot a lot of birds with a .223 and have found I get much less damage with low velocity down loaded ammo , bullet type did not seem to matter at high velocity. Accuracy at 100 yards is important for me to make the neck shot , I found military fmj ammo not to be accurate enough .

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#6705364 - 03/14/17 04:59 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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Originally Posted By: Christian Hoffmann
Im 14 yrs old and like to walk our property alot. Sometimes i have a .243, AR, others a 22lr pistol and sometimes Recurve bow. Sometimes i just walk up on a flock, and now that its almost season i can shoot a gobbler. Where shoot u shoot with the rifles? What about the bow?
good to see you on hear and getting advice
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#6707528 - 03/16/17 10:11 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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I do not disagree with anything above. But I've also had good success with a rifle shooting low on the turkey, with the bullet coming in below the breast, killing the bird, and maybe just taking out a leg or thigh.

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#6709515 - 03/19/17 06:03 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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And yesterday (opening day) I put a 17 hmr round through a Gobbler low and from the side. Dead Gobbler. Untouched breast.

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#6711206 - 03/21/17 01:56 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: ErnestTBass]
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Originally Posted By: ErnestTBass
I do not disagree with anything above. But I've also had good success with a rifle shooting low on the turkey, with the bullet coming in below the breast, killing the bird, and maybe just taking out a leg or thigh.


I've had the same experience, show one low, basically gutted it and left the breast intact.
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#6711375 - 03/21/17 06:03 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: Christian Hoffmann]
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big bore rifle- blow there butt off it guts them and leaves the breast alone. Didn't believe until a old time hunter showed me one day when we were out hunting and did not have shotguns with us.
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#6712253 - 03/22/17 05:01 PM Re: Shot placement [Re: rexmitchell]
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Originally Posted By: rexmitchell
Originally Posted By: ErnestTBass
I do not disagree with anything above. But I've also had good success with a rifle shooting low on the turkey, with the bullet coming in below the breast, killing the bird, and maybe just taking out a leg or thigh.


I've had the same experience, show one low, basically gutted it and left the breast intact.


Yessir. Done it myself a few times. You and hetman have it right.

I learned it basically by accident when I decided to shoot a turkey while deer hunting and carrying only a .270. But I've repeated it a few times since.

It also works with a small rimfire rifle (like that .17), but without the gutting effect.

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