Yep, are strong and powerful birds. Definitely a handful if not dead. Have cannon netted turkeys for relocation several times and they truly beat you up trying to handle them and get them outta the nets. Gobblers especially, those spurs will tear you up if not careful.No, sadly this is not one of those instances. The part that I left out was that, while the bird appeared stone dead, he woke up as I was getting my gear together. I had only stunned him. I then had to chase the dang bird 200 yards across a pasture. The chase ended in the back corner amid a pile of slippery rock. I had attempted to grab him by the legs and the bird got me off balance and I fell on the rock. THe next few minutes we were battling 1 on 1 , and I'll tell you that a full grown gobbler is about an even match for a man on all fours.
Believe me. This was anything but a boast. What had happened was I was very intently watching two birds walking down the side of the pasture in front of me. I got my gun up as they both went behind a large tree. When they emerged, I shot. When they went behind, they were less than 20 yards out. What I didn't know was one of the birds had gotten hinky and run out into the field about 60 yards further out. I had my eye planted in the scope and couldn't see he was so far out.
The stun shot was 3 inch 2 OZ Federal #4 loads through a Carlson's Dead Coyote choke. The pellets went low and hit him in the breast and knocked feathers off, but didn't break the skin.
Rifles are legal fer turkeys here
Head or neck shot with anything reasonable or body shot with enough whomp behind it. And a 200gr pitol bullet being used as a 45 conical driven at 1500fps with 45ish gr 3f aint enough whomp when delivered center of mass. I would actually skip the body and be happy with head/neck (50-60 yards for me and by eyes and the poor irons on most percussion rifles)
That said Im going to try and pattern my ml shotgun this weekend (im a poor so sorry it is a inline but at least im using real black powder). If I can get 30 yards Ill be real happy, and even 20 yards gets me workable. I had toms from 5 feet to 40 yards last fallfall and this spring
I do not hunt turkey so, take what I say with maybe two grains of salt. There is something called "fair chase", and just for conversation's sake......I believe that a turkey out to fifty yards and even more should walk. What happened to calling them in close and then taking a shot? Has it come down to many that killing is the main thing at all costs with technology trumping skill? I just know that untold numbers of turkey have been bagged with old full choked guns and #6 high brass shells. But, sadly, that was in a country far, far away and long, long ago.I was at a gun store the other day, and the manager was showing me the shot pattern out of some of the 410 and 20 gauge tungsten out at like 75 and 80 yards, they definitely punched paper, but I was wondering if they would really carry the kinetic energy to make a kill at that distance. He was desperate to sell me a box of 4 $80 shotgun shells. I understand the advantages of tungsten, but will it really effectively double your range?
I pattern my shotgun, but I generally use old pieces of cardboard, so I don't really know the penetration power either. I can get a little bit of information with milk jugs, but I don't know if the shot just barely punched through, or went all the way to the back and stopped, so I still really don't know.
Anyway, my direct question is at what range could I reasonably expect to kill a turkey. I have an improved and modified choke double barrel. I use a variation of the sky chief load, and it patterns fantastically, but I'm wondering at what range that pattern will still be effective. At ML velocities. I use pure lead #4 shot, the largest legal in my state.
I searched in other threads and found varying answers, but not with my choke and shot size.
Thanks in advance for any help.