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Turkey Gun Build & Pattern

Jmiller

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A couple years back I set to building out a Thompson Center Pro Hunter 20ga for turkeys. I couldn't find the red dot I wanted in stock before season started so I ended up buying a Truglo shotgun scope to get me through the season. I ended up really liking it and it's been very reliable and is also quite inexpensive.


I think this will be my 4th year with the same setup, and I've crushed a bunch of turkeys with it. Indian Creek/Haymaker choke. I shoot Federal TSS 7s. Deadly.

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Loopwing

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@Nutterbuster check your regs, some places let you hunt them with a .22. You were talking about reaching out there. That CZ 512 with a decent scope should be able to smack a head out to 75-100 yards no problem. I know my savage can put 10 out of 10 rounds under a quarter at 25 yards with Eley.
 

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@Nutterbuster check your regs, some places let you hunt them with a .22. You were talking about reaching out there. That CZ 512 with a decent scope should be able to smack a head out to 75-100 yards no problem. I know my savage can put 10 out of 10 rounds under a quarter at 25 yards with Eley.
My local leo would have a field day with my azz if I shot a turkey with a rifle. We're bow and shotgun only here. Can't even use the mini. Or a treestand. Or an electronic call. Or a reaper fan. Turkeys have more laws protecting them down here than I do.
 

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Wow, he would string you up for a 22. That is a lot of laws.
Every parcel of public I've ever hunted here has signs offering a $5000 reward for a tip that results in the conviction of a turkey poacher. Alabama takes turkeys VERY serious. Wasnt until a few years ago we could decoy them, and on public you can only hunt til 1pm.
 

Loopwing

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In VA the first half of season you have to be out of the woods by noon. I also just went and checked again, rimfire is legal for spring turkey. No electronic calls here either. I killed 2 last year. Both inside 20 yards with an 870, vented rib with a bead, and copper played 2x6's. I called a total of 5 minutes. A few clucks at sunrise for the gobbler to pin point me, then shut up. 30 minutes later, dead. The other was 10:30ish, I heard a gobble in the middle of a bunch of Canada goose honks in a field. Hit him with a quick cutting sequence, when he answer I clicked at him, he answered again and I shut up. 20 minutes later he was dead.
 

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Killed three birds in four hunts last year and the one unsuccessful was when I didn't show up until 10am and like Loopwing said, it closes at noon. My friends think my calling sounds like $@it but apparently the important ears like it.

I have had a gobbler spook from a reflection from my Vortex red dot though....I just watch where I setup now to avoid it but it can be an issue.
 

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Killed three birds in four hunts last year and the one unsuccessful was when I didn't show up until 10am and like Loopwing said, it closes at noon. My friends think my calling sounds like $@it but apparently the important ears like it.

I have had a gobbler spook from a reflection from my Vortex red dot though....I just watch where I setup now to avoid it but it can be an issue.
I don't know how good of a caller I am. I flatter myself with thinking I can make turkey noises even if I'm not a good caller. Kinda like ducks. I'm terrible, but I can quack on a dr 85 and shoot birds.
 

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I don't know how good of a caller I am. I flatter myself with thinking I can make turkey noises even if I'm not a good caller. Kinda like ducks. I'm terrible, but I can quack on a dr 85 and shoot birds.
Someone else sorta hit on it but to me, knowing when to shut up will kill you more turkeys than anything else.
 

BuffaloBill

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I just picked up a Stevens 301 .410. I can't technically use it in Indiana right now but it's being discussed for this coming season. I can use it in Kentucky if I decide to get out of state tags and hunt there. I picked up a Tru Glo Gobble Stopper for $60. Haven't shot it yet but it seems good for the money other than being a little bulky. Some guys are getting $250 red dots, $50 aftermarket mounts, and $100 chokes for turkey. Not to mention $5-$10 a shell for the TSS. I'm not trying to spend all of that.
 

Loopwing

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Yep, old 870, copper played shot and if you aren't sure of the shot, don't take it. Let them leave a little, and call them back closer next time. I hunted turkey for years before I got my first one, inside 30 yards and felt comfortable shooting it.
 

DB4x4

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Why not use the Hickory Creek Mini for turkey?

A couple of "swizzle stick" arrows tipped with "flappers" ought to do the trick... :D
 

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You can. I feel like drawing a bow on the ground with a turkey in range would not make my top 10 list of fun things though.
It's a blast and about 100 times harder than with a gun. Pretty much have to draw when his head is behind his fan if not in a blind.
 

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It's a blast and about 100 times harder than with a gun. Pretty much have to draw when his head is behind his fan if not in a blind.
@swampsnyper ain't lying when he says I hate a challenge. I lose my mind diddling around with stuff like fly fishing and trad archery. I enjoy testing my body and my brain, but not my patience.
 
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