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28 gauge and turkeys

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by 7remmag, Feb 27, 2012.

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  1. 7remmag

    7remmag Member

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    I'm looking for a new turkey gun for this season and I would also like to start shooting skeet. I have been looking into a 28 gauge, but I'm worried it might be too small for turkey. I do already have a 12 gauge but I want a smaller gauge to do some upland bird hunting, skeet shooting, and turkey hunting. Thoughts? Experiences?
     
  2. boomer

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    If you are disciplined--can call them in very close and head shoot them--MAYBE a 28ga. would be OK. Turkeys are big majestic birds and deserve to be taken cleanly. Use your 12ga. for turkeys. Save the 28ga. for smaller upland birds!
     
  3. Kalina

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    Check the regulations in your area. In MN it is illegal to hunt turkeys with anything smaller than a 20. I would stick with the 12 for igobblers. If you want a 28 for anything else go ahead.
     
  4. StonewallRacing

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    I shot a Tom right out of the sky a few years back with 3/4 oz No. 6 in a 28 gauge. Wasn't dead when it hit the ground, but it wasn't tore up either!

    I don't know the laws for gauge... this was a private club.

    SW
     
  5. Brian in Oregon

    Brian in Oregon Well-Known Member

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    Same in Oregon... 20 ga minimum, and 10 ga max.
     
  6. powertrader

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    12 Gauge, full choke, head shot..... what a rush.
     
  7. 7remmag

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    I was reading up on NYS laws and as far as I can tell it doesn't give a minimum as far as gauge and it says you can even use pistols as long as you are using shot. I am more concerned with making an ethical kill though so I will not be using a 28 gauge for turkeys.
     
  8. oskerspap12

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    My old buddy kills them with a 410 3" #5s...........sit in the right spot,and don't let 'em know you are there ....noooooo problem.I know for fact hes killed at least 30,maybe more over the years.He just picks his shots carefully.

    D.P.Reynolds
     
  9. LUGNUTZ426

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    Ballistic products can probably provide some some loading data.
     
  10. BILL GRILL

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    Boy he sure filled the creel with that one! :)
     
  11. LUGNUTZ426

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    If you are hell bent at 28ga turkey hunting,Ballistic products has data for 1oz loads in fiocchi 28ga hulls at stout 1275 fps. At close range it should do the job. They sell the necessary hv28 wads. Extra full 28ga chokes are available from most of the tube makers.
     
  12. Jawhawker

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    Also in KS the 28 is illegal. It would depend on your ability as a hunter wether its enough gun or not. If your a decent caller and disciplined, it will do it. However the 20 would be a better choice for your reasons.
     
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