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.177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? #2447235 07/22/11 06:43 PM
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Anyone know how a Benjamin Trail .177 cal air rifle would do for turkey hunting?


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: Joe-in-Brooklyn] #2447297 07/22/11 07:25 PM
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Never tried it but I would think you would uneccessarily injure and loose birds with it. Velocity is nice but that is at the muzzle and you are shooting .177 cal pellets that barely weigh anything.

I'm sure you could find someone on the internet shooting elephants with em but c'mon.


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: TxTechsan] #2447409 07/22/11 08:25 PM
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my .177 single pump Hammerli with 1250 fps will lay out squirrels at 25-50 yds.
turkey would definitely have to be a close head shot.
is it legal to shoot Turkey with a pellet rifle?


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: SNAKEBIT] #2447553 07/22/11 09:24 PM
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Originally Posted By: SNAKEBIT

is it legal to shoot Turkey with a pellet rifle?


Hunt, no. Shoot, maybe... You can't hunt turkey, or squirrel for that matter, with an air gun, but depending on local ordinances you can 'shoot' just about anything with them if there is reason - think squirrels in your attic or attacking your chihuahua. I have yet to see a case that turkey might qualify for, though they can sure wreck a garden in a hurry.

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Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: Wader] #2448409 07/23/11 08:08 AM
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Using a Air gun to kill any game animal will get you in trouble. There was a story in the Press releases over a guy who was charged with several charges steaming from shooting a squirrel with a pellet gun in his backyard, really wish I could find it. Next based purely off of ethics disregard the laws just ethics why would you want to do it ?

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http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/means/

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Shotguns are the only legal firearm that may be used to hunt Eastern turkey during the spring Eastern turkey season (see County Listing). Rifles and handguns may not be used to hunt Eastern turkey.


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Pellet guns and other air guns are NOT LEGAL.


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http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/annual/hunt/game_birds/index.phtml#youthturkey
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SPECIAL REGULATIONSfor Eastern Spring Season in certain East Texas counties: Shotgun, archery and crossbows only, no hunting over bait; all turkeys must be checked at a check station within 24 hours after they are killed; and harvested turkeys may be field dressed, but must otherwise remain intact





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Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: Tactical_Smurf] #2449289 07/23/11 09:29 PM
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NO... not legal in TX, and .177 is not nearly enough power. You need at least a .22 or .25 for small game in states where airguns are legal hunting, and with minimum fpe limits. Most real hunting air rifles are at least .30 or .45 caliber; 4500 psi PCP, big $$$ custom guns. Think $2K easy, plus accessories. Forget Walmart.


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: rdlange] #2449680 07/24/11 02:04 AM
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Turkeys no. It's a bogus law as far as small game is concerned. Should be voted down.



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Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: passthru] #2460972 07/28/11 03:20 PM
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want to go to jail? get caught in Texas hunting with an air rifle! smile


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: Joe-in-Brooklyn] #2481827 08/05/11 04:15 PM
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u can kill a turkey from close range(10-15 yds) if a shot to the head....but it is illegal....therefore, if i were u, i wouldn't do it...if u did and we found out...well u better be prepared for some MAJOR criticism...


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: chital_shikari] #2482036 08/05/11 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted By: chital_shikari
u can kill a turkey from close range(10-15 yds) if a shot to the head....but it is illegal....therefore, if i were u, i wouldn't do it...if u did and we found out...well u better be prepared for some MAJOR criticism...


and stiff fines (county and civil restitution)


Re: .177 cal air rifle for turkey hunting? [Re: kyotee1] #2482077 08/05/11 06:15 PM
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