20ga for duck and turkey

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Bohica6-284, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Bohica6-284

    Bohica6-284 New Member

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    I'm in the market for a duck/turkey auto and I'm a really big fan of the 20ga. I have always used 12ga, but I am meticulous about patterning and I am very skilled with guns so I thought I would try something new. Previously my choice for this was my Browning Gold Hunter in 12ga with a 24" barrel. does anyone out there use a 20ga for these things and if so please tell me your experiences and what gun you are using.

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  2. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

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    I think you'll have a hard time getting a 20 to pattern like a 12 with the heavier loads used for turkey. I don't duck hunt so I don't know what people are shooting there.
     

  3. hunter Joe

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    It's all about matching ammunition and the firearm. Probably going to have to get a little closer with the 20, although, that might make the hunting a little more satisfying. I've seen plenty of upland game birds killed graveyard dead with a 20.
     
  4. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    Lol, i turkey hunt with a 10/22 ruger and cheap as dirt .22 winchester bulk ammo, and the birds tend to die pretty damn quick and easy. My suggestion - find someone who has one already along the lines of what you want, ask them to let you shoot it if you buy ammo and beer after, and see if you like it.
     
  5. skullcrusher

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    It's legal in N.C. to hunt turkey with a .22?

    I don't have a specific mfr or model to suggest, but I will say that there are youth and female hunters that are successful with 20 ga for fowl and turkey. Like said above, it is just matching ammo (and choke tube) with the pattern you seek.

    Oh, this thread may serve you well in the hunting or shotgun section...just suggesting...
     
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  6. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    If it isn't then its news to me! It is fully legal to WHITE TAIL DEER HUNT with a .22 lr in the great state of NC...... and ive never had anyone tell me otherwise about turkeys
     
  7. skullcrusher

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    Really?

    You got a link for that? Whitetails and turkey with a .22lr?
     
  8. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    No i don't have a link off hand, i can look for one tho! the only reason i know that white tails are A OK with a .22 is my little brother recently got into hunting and he got himself a marlin .22 mag bolt gun from wall mart down the road for a really fair price and he was wondering if it wld be ok for him to use it this upcoming winter (i know, a long way away, but he doesnt have a viable source of income and doesnt plan to buy any more rifles for a while) for deer. Well we drove into Pisgah national forest and down to the ranger station and stated the question to a ranger, who responded "there is no caliber limitations on white tail deer for the state of North Carolina pertaining to long guns". Handguns are evidently an entirely different story. As far as turkey, i have just always used a 10/22, and know a TON of other people who do so as well, and no one has ever corrected the behavior.
     
  9. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    I'm trying to find something about turkey hunting with a .22 in NC.... I'd really like to know if it is not OK so i can correct my behavior if im in the wrong
     
  10. skullcrusher

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    Well, I wonder why they don't limit the cal on long guns but are very specific on pistols? To me, hunting deer with a .22 cal is not only unethical but just plain ridiculous. You must have them teeny tinys in NC.
     
  11. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

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    yes sir! a monster buck in my neck of the woods is around 225+. Biggest i've seen hanging was a whopping 257. This is pre-dressing it btw. I do not hunt deer with a .22 or .22 mag, but i have seen it done a fair amount and i've never seen one kill i would deem unethical. KEEP IN MIND i am one of the biggest animal lovers you will ever know... I get along better with dogs than i do with most people. . . Now i've lived in colorado, and theres a big difference between those massive halfbreed moose that they call mule deer and the fluffy little white tails we have bobbing around all over the place here.
     
  12. skullcrusher

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    First, who weighs their deer before field dress? Second, I was born in Colorado and still have plenty of family there. Those mulies there are just about same size as most whitetails we have here in S. Ohio. Even the does here are big, and I've never known anyone who weighs a deer prior to field dress. Seriously, who wants to drag a 200+ pound amimal when they can drag a 160+ pound animal?
     
  13. Zacsquatch

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    Anybody can shoot them big deer... takes a good shot to shoot them little deer..

    I weight before and after. Biggest Ive shot was a doe in VA, 230 before, lil under 185 after. Smallest was in SC, 57 before, 30 after... Didnt have spots and they are inbred/overpopulated as hell.
     
  14. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

    Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe New Member

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    everyone i know weighs em before and after... i'd say the average take around here is between 130-175 before you dress it, so it'd not that big of a chore to drag em out.
     
  15. skullcrusher

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    What is the purpose of weighing them before? Just wanna know. I don't want to have the innards bleeding inside any longer than needed. But then again, I am a meat eating kind of guy...
     
  16. Wings-ofthe-Luftwaffe

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    Oh i love deer meat, its my absolute favorite. Idk, just to know what it weighed i suppose.... plus i always aim for just behind the jaw so not to much of a bid deal when it comes to meat.