Turkey season

Discussion in 'Hunting Forum' started by outdooraddict, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. outdooraddict

    outdooraddict New Member

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    Turkey season is approaching, I am pumped! This will be my first turkey hunt. I'm using a remington 870 express 12 gauge. It can shoot 2 and 3 quarter shells, 3 in shells and 3 and a half with a super magnum receiver. I have no idea what loads to use. Any suggestions?
     
  2. CourtJester

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    I use 4 though in 3 1/2. I'd use the same with a 3" though.
    Shoot his neck out and good luck.
     

  3. towboater

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  4. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    I am partial to #4's. You need to pattern your gun before you go hunting. Don't assume your gun will shoot all brands and size shot equally.

    My 870 with a Hastings choke shoots Federal ammo flawlessly. Winchester Supreme, not so well, it shoots low and the pattern is like an oval on its side.

    You need to know this before you call the bird in, not after he is flying off.
     
  5. bowhunter17

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    What about #2 steel shot
     
  6. Gatoragn

    Gatoragn Active Member

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    It should work, steel may be required on some public land. If it will take out a goose, it should take out a turkey.
     
  7. tri70

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    You need to know what range is needed for best kill shot group. Go buy a few boxes and see what is best at 25,30, even 40 yds.
     
  8. CourtJester

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    It would work too I guess. I've never used it for turkey. 4 is all I've ever used in my 12 or 10 ga. For turkey. Depends on your choke tube and the range you plan to be your cut off point for a solid kill shot. You really only need one well placed bb for a kill.
     
  9. Firenailer

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    Which choke would you recommend for Turkey Hunting?
     
  10. tri70

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    Depends on your kill distance, full is common but you can get extra full for long range and custom model for popular brands. That said I have killed turkey with my 20 ga and #6 shot within 20 yds also same 20 ga killed a coyote while turkey hunting with 3" mag.
     
  11. CourtJester

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    I've got a .660 tube that adds a 3" extension.
    Been using it for 8 years and haven't missed one yet.
     
  12. akers06

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    I use a Winchester 1300 with a Hastings 665 choke, federal 3" 2oz #4 shot, topped with a truglo gobble stopper red dot...deadly out to at least 60 yards

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    as far as shells and choke there are numerous possibilities it all depends on how much you want to spend.....give us an idea on how much you want to spend on shells and a choke tube
     
  13. canebrake

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    Got my spring Tom.

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    870 running 3 1/2" Remington Premium Magnum buffered #4

    Kills 'em graveyard dead!
     
  14. astroman

    astroman Supporting Member Supporter

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    Trusty old Remington 870 Express 12ga with Winchester DoubleX Turkey shot - its #4 shot in 2/3/4" shell
    This was taken at 30 yards
     

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  15. astroman

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    Lets hope that isn't the only turkey I shoot this season LOL!:)
     
  16. akers06

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    Awesome congrats....what state, and how big was it
     
  17. Gatoragn

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    That is an Osceola, Florida bird. Not as big as an Eastern, but usually has some good hooks.
     
  18. akers06

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    I would love to hunt some oseolas ....I was going to try it this year with my cousin but everything didn't work out this year I'm going to try to make it next year
     
  19. akers06

    akers06 New Member

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    Man I'm ready to bust some thunder chicken beaks
     
  20. natman

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    There's no reason to use steel unless required by law.

    Speaking of laws, check your state regulations. Many areas prohibit shot larger than #4.