How many pellets to kill a turkey?


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Someone is bound to say that it only takes one. True, but I know I'd like as many as possible. I think I'd see a long range shot (say 50 yards) that consistently placed 5 pellets or more in the kill zone as an ethical shot.

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How many is not really important since it really only takes one in the right spot. The more the better because you never know if one is going to hit the right spot at longer ranges. Best to have a number of them consistantly hitting the head and neck bone at the max range you set for yourself.

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Wow, a 70 yard shot. That is impressive.

No. That's disrespectful to the bird and irresponsible as a sportsman. Hopefully it was a severe case of yardage mis-estimation.

One pellet is all it takes. It's true........but not what you wanna bet your tag on.

I like a turkey gun to put a minimum of 20 pellets in the "vital zone" of a turkey target at 40 yards. Every gun I personally use will do better than double that. And some will do remarkably better than that.

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No. That's disrespectful to the bird and irresponsible as a sportsman. Hopefully it was a severe case of yardage mis-estimation.

One pellet is all it takes. It's true........but not what you wanna bet your tag on.

I like a turkey gun to put a minimum of 20 pellets in the "vital zone" of a turkey target at 40 yards. Every gun I personally use will do better than double that. And some will do remarkably better than that.

Hey Strut:

I some times gun hunt (after archery and muzzleloader) and I have a question. My 12 guage Charles Daley O/U with a full choke will put about 20 pellets at 30 yards in the kill zone. 2 3/4, #5's. NOTE: farthest bird I've ever killed was 25 yards. I like'm close.

What type of gun, ammo and choke are you using to get 40 pellets in the kill zone at 40 yards. Just wondering. That sounds very impressive.

Good luck to all

the dog

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No. That's disrespectful to the bird and irresponsible as a sportsman. Hopefully it was a severe case of yardage mis-estimation.

One pellet is all it takes. It's true........but not what you wanna bet your tag on.

I like a turkey gun to put a minimum of 20 pellets in the "vital zone" of a turkey target at 40 yards. Every gun I personally use will do better than double that. And some will do remarkably better than that.

I understand. Thank you. I think I am going to keep my shots within like 30 yards where I get a lot of pellets in the kill zone. Thank you.

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1, long as it hits him hard 'nuff and in the right spot. Seen it happen to the largest bird I've ever seen first hand. Was huntin' the bird, fellow in a cut behind the bird started firing off .22 rounds. Birds runnin' towards my setup, I'm ready.......all of a sudden a fellow on the adjoining club sets out of the creek, boomyall. Bird falls over. I go and check out this bird as I'd grown quite close to him over several hunts. He had 2 inch spurs, yes, 2 inch - I measured them, 12 inch beard. The fellow thought I was going to put a whooping on him as he shot him off his property. Problem was, it wasn't my property either but he was heading toward mine and by the time I could shoot he'd been legal. I stepped off his yardage and it was 70 yards.

The fellow who'd given him permission to hunt called me to apolige, I said no worries. Said he only found one pellet in the bird, smack dab in the head.

Man oh man, I'll never forget that bird.

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What type of gun, ammo and choke are you using to get 40 pellets in the kill zone at 40 yards. Just wondering. That sounds very impressive.

There's 4 of them.

Browning BPS 10 ga. 3 1/2"

Winchester Super X2 12 ga. 3 1/2"

Winchester 1300 12 ga. 3"

Remington 870 12 ga. 3"

All of them have Comp-N-Choke XXX-Full tubes.

The 1300 and 870 run right in the low 40's at 40 yards. The Super X2 averages in the 50 neighborhood and the BPS has come up just a couple shy of 60 hits at 45 yards.

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lots is better. I've shot a turkey stone dead with a 20ga heavy bird shot load, but it was at like 15 yards. With a 20ga I would stick to probably 30 yards. Number of pellets depends on the shot size, but if you're second guessing how effective your pellet count will be by looking at your target then chances are it's not enough or you'll have bigger appearing holes in your pattern.

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On 4/19/2010 at 9:03 PM, Strut10 said:

No. That's disrespectful to the bird and irresponsible as a sportsman. Hopefully it was a severe case of yardage mis-estimation.

wow...I never came back to this thread till now...ya I thought he was 45 or so, he was up a very steep incline on field edge. Could not believe when I paced it off. killed him dead.

Wow, ya'll went and got yer undies in a bunch over that??

Ive absolutely DUSTED a gobbler at 30 yards, took feathers off,  looked like he exploded...and HE FLEW AWAY! set his wings and floated down the coulee a half mile...onto land we not have permission to hunt. I bet he never recovered. That was the only one I can say I never killed.

Same gun, same choke, same ammo. Go figure.

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On 4/3/2021 at 9:58 AM, Ravin R10 man said:

Ive absolutely DUSTED a gobbler at 30 yards, took feathers off,  looked like he exploded...and HE FLEW AWAY!

Obviously hit him low with no pellets in the head or neck and turkeys are tough.  You would have broken a tooth on a pellet when eating him.

You have to love some of the old posts.  On that paced off 70 yd shot, I doubt it was really that far.  It is difficult to take a very long step/stride when going up or down a steep hill.  Your original estimate of 45 yards was probably about right.  In open terrain it is not always possible to get the birds within slingshot range.

The longest shot I've ever taken on a gobbler was close to 50 yards and his head looked like it had been run through a shredder.  Was using Remington magnum turkey loads, 3&1/2 inch pushing 2 oz of copper plated lead pellets.  As the distance increases I aim higher to put the lower arc of the pattern in the head/neck zone.  I hate trying to strain pellets with my teeth.  I am fortunate in that I have never lost a turkey that I've shot at.

I have switched to Federal Heavyweight TSS loads that places so many pellets in the kill zone at 50 yards I can't count them.  They pack 814 tungsten #9 pellets in the 2&1/4 oz loads.

 

 

 

 

 

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