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Too small for turkey? #8491593 12/31/21 07:10 PM
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I'm nowhere near an establishment that sells ammo and have the opportunity to hunt some turkey in the morning. I have a box of 12ga 2 3/4" 7 1/2 shot 1 1/8oz shells in the pickup. I do have a super full choke that I can throw on. Too small or will that work if I get close enough?

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Never too small, but pick your shots and distance carefully. Proper pattern control is a key to shooting where you're looking. A friend just completed his sixth Grand Slam of the year with a 410!!!!

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Too small for turkey hunting seems to be the trendy thing these days. I expect to see a thread on here some day about shooting them with rat shot in a 22.


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Well, either it was my inexperience, an unfamiliar gun/choke, the shells, or a combo of all three, but I shot at two birds and two birds flew away. bang

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Originally Posted by Sauerkraut
Well, either it was my inexperience, an unfamiliar gun/choke, the shells, or a combo of all three, but I shot at two birds and two birds flew away. bang


All these were killed with 12 gauge Federal Premium 3” number 4’s. None ever took a step after being hit. You can use your own experience to decide on what’s appropriate for turkey. I use what I’ve been using since the first ever spring season in Texas in 1977.

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Well, either it was my inexperience, an unfamiliar gun/choke, the shells, or a combo of all three, but I shot at two birds and two birds flew away. bang


All these were killed with 12 gauge Federal Premium 3” number 4’s. None ever took a step after being hit. You can use your own experience to decide on what’s appropriate for turkey. I use what I’ve been using since the first ever spring season in Texas in 1977.

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I have a few boxes at home. I'm kicking myself for not being better prepared.

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Never too small, but pick your shots and distance carefully. Proper pattern control is a key to shooting where you're looking. A friend just completed his sixth Grand Slam of the year with a 410!!!!

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Well, either it was my inexperience, an unfamiliar gun/choke, the shells, or a combo of all three, but I shot at two birds and two birds flew away. bang


All these were killed with 12 gauge Federal Premium 3” number 4’s. None ever took a step after being hit. You can use your own experience to decide on what’s appropriate for turkey. I use what I’ve been using since the first ever spring season in Texas in 1977.

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I have a few boxes at home. I'm kicking myself for not being better prepared.

Results! Nice!

Good info here thanks for sharing

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Wow that’s a lot of beards !

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Wow that’s a lot of beards !


Controlling nest destroying predators such as raccoons, possums and rat snakes pays off. I run 50-60 traps this time of year and my turkey population has grown dramatically. The rat snakes I just kill on sight, but I will figure out a trap for them eventually.


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Originally Posted by ntxtrapper
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Wow that’s a lot of beards !


Controlling nest destroying predators such as raccoons, possums and rat snakes pays off. I run 50-60 traps this time of year and my turkey population has grown dramatically.. . .


Many sincere Thanks!

I've been trying to do more to help.
Every hunter in the state needs to try to work on reducing varmints, especially those
with feeders that get raked over by the coons. I would have thought after this last
year's corn prices that more people would be trapping coons, but I haven't seen any
increase of people participating. I'll be trying to work on more coyote trapping hopefully

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