Ive hunted turkeys for 23 years and Ive killed them with bow, 20 guage modified choke, 12 guage 2 3/4 inch shells and I now shoot them with a 12 guage 3 inch XX full choke specialized turkey gun. Why? Because of that extra 10 yards of range. I try to bring them in as close as possible but turkeys are funny about hanging up at that 40 yard mark or just beyond that. I used to pass them up because my effective range was 30 -35 yards at the most with my other guns. And like Weasel said. My wife thinks I NEED a special gun for turkey.
I can't argue with BenHuntin our wives may not always be right but they are never wrong ! If a shotgun can reach out to 45 yards thats pretty good . On a good day I can hit a paper plate at 40 yards with my bow but a turkey at that range or 45 yards would be rather difficult. By the same token don't they still make 10 gauge shotguns/ I think one of the mfgrs makes a 10 gauge semi which might dampen the recoil a bit . For the turkey hunter on a budget what would be wrong with a single shot 10 gauge with a full choke and a limpsaver or other high quality recoil pad? for long range say 50 yards thats where the old fashioned turkey combo 12gage/ .22 hornet would come in handy assuming of course it wouldn't conflict with state law or one isn't on a small private property where a .22 hornet might hit somebodys house.
Your shotgun doesn't fit the modern definition of a "turgey gun " being minus the fancy camo job and not being a repeater but that big gobbler look like he is rather "well rested" and ready for the fryer. Results is all that counts.
Wow! Your husband has a double barrel 12 gauge with an aditional 30-06 barrel? Or am I a bit off base? If your hubby is upland hunting and runs into a pig or angrey bear then he would be well equipped. It is a beautifull rifle that deserves to be in a safe it must be a rare gun indeed. I understand that turkeys have been taken with .22lr's but the .22 hornet being a centerfire would have an edge on range and power without blowing up all the turkey meat. I know 12 gauge -.22 hornet combos were made but I don't know if they have been made since the 1950's. So far no one on this forum has far has i know anyway has used them but they sound intruiging.
It is a beautiful gun, that's for sure. And yes, it is a double 12 with a 30-06. I guess they're called 'drilling's'? Think there's German in that for '3' (dri). Nah, not a safe queen. Not much point in a gun, in shoot-able condition, just being locked away in a safe. Might try it out tomorrow since we'll be out shooting
Only hornet I've got is a Handi-rifle K-hornet. Had it reamed out about a year ago, it packs a nice lil wallop.
Post by DeerStalker on May 14, 2005 16:49:44 GMT -5
Annie, that is one nice looking gun you got there. I think I would shoot it too but it wouldn't be on a regular basis as you probably can't find anyone to repair any of the drillings. I'd be afraid to take it in the woods for fear of scratching it up. Maybe just the range.....yep, that would be me.
"Shoot a Mathews LX and you'll never want another bow!!!"
Most true blue turkeys hunters will get a turkey shotgun eventually.I started with an all black Remington 870 with 26" barrel.It was a good all aroung shotgun.I did havrest one gobber with that long barrel.But I lnoged for a short barrel turkey gun.One day in 1998 when the price got right I bought a Remington 11-87 SPS-T Camo shotgun.T standing for turkey of course.But I have use this same gun for deer and ducks too.I customized this turkey gun even more.I put tru-glo sights on the vent rib and ported Gobbling Thnder choke tube.When you get the turkey hunting bug it is hard not to get the turkey shotgun bug too.I even bought extra barrels for both my guns the 870 and the 11-87.I got cantilever barrels for both.I had leupold scope on the 870 and Pentax on the 11-87.I took two turkey with the acopeed 870.I have not hunted yet with the fully camoed scoped 11-87 yet.But I will soon.You will see that us turkey hunting nuts are always tring to improve of turkey huting guns and etc.This a picture of my scoped Remington 11-87 SPS-T Camo Shotgun.
I wonder too.But the thing is some people just like the neatness of the pre-applied camo.They do look good,but I personally don't understand why someone would pay that much money for it.I did like you were saying.I painted some parts,put tape on others.I even bought replacement camo stocks.I saved a couple of hundred bucks.I know she won't win any beauty contests,but that isn't what she's for,and none of the turkeys I've taken have made fun of my "Do it yourself Camo job"
Post by addiction_to_spurs on Jun 7, 2005 10:48:01 GMT -5
justannie...................very nice drilling there. My grandfather had a similar drilling in his collection that he traded for out in the woods. It was a 16 side by side and I forget the caliber of rifle, I do know it was less than .30. He met a man hunting in the woods who liked the rifle that he had...............and they traded straight up on the spot. It was one of two guns that I just HAD to have when he passed away. It just happened to be the ONLY gun from his collection that I didn't get.
jeniffer123: Really nice post for dog lover and trainer.
Oct 11, 2017 12:28:22 GMT -5
rikus: Hi everyone we have a new hunting safari in South Africa please feel free to visit us at www.Savhs.co.za
Dec 9, 2017 9:00:11 GMT -5
madbeaver: This is a quiet forum....is anyone out there?
Dec 12, 2017 23:26:09 GMT -5
madbeaver: Just found a great podcast with Randy Newberg and the highlander hunting crew, for those of you that don't know how to podcast, the link is on this page: highlanderhunting.wordpress.com/
Jan 10, 2018 23:29:04 GMT -5
alberts: Hi, friends! was in Russia on hunting in this year. Used the Agency POWERINHUNT. No problem! I brought home a bear! Tell me, did someone address them?
Jun 9, 2018 4:41:01 GMT -5
souforce: Hi everyone I'm a beginner of hunting, can you give me some advice about hunting accessories? I plan to buy a riflescope from this website：https://www.souforce-hunting.com/c/riflescopes-0388
Apr 22, 2019 1:49:14 GMT -5
goodobjects: A newbie here. If you guys in need of hunting knives I have 2 up for grabs I would love to get your professional perspectives about hunting and would love sharing mine as well
May 6, 2019 8:47:56 GMT -5
gemihur: I have been in tombs that were more raucous than this forum.
Sept 10, 2019 16:24:47 GMT -5
gemihur: Seriously folks hunting season is on us. The allow 'urban archery' in my county! Does with bows, I call it. Let's stir up the old hunting excitement. Come On!
Sept 10, 2019 16:26:58 GMT -5
gemihur: Anyone planning to take down some whitetails this year?
Sept 10, 2019 16:27:48 GMT -5