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#191699 - 04/06/18 10:49 AM Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns
BRASF0311
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With Spring Turkey Season opening soon, I have my shotgun patterned and ready to go. With a reasonable 40 yard max range for the load I'm using, I'm having a hard time justifying carrying the long gun over one of my handguns.

My shotgun is the last long gun that I carry afield any longer, and just don't prefer it anymore. Handgun Hunting is my passion for sure.

I'd like to see what yall use. Thanks
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#191701 - 04/06/18 11:28 AM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: BRASF0311]
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Taurus Tracker .357 with 140 grain Leverevolution.
Note the camo tape on the stainless gun.


Ruger Single Seven .327 with 100 grain American Eagle.


TC Contender 22 mag with 40 grain CCI HP.
These turkey kills left me wanting more. I am still searching for the perfect handgun and load for turkey.

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#191702 - 04/06/18 12:34 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cmnash]
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That's awesome, and thanks for the pics. Just curious, do you use a rest to support the handguns, or did you rest them on your knees. With my low to the ground turkey seat, I think the knees would work out well. Also, what were the ranges for your shots? Thanks
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#191703 - 04/06/18 01:24 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: BRASF0311]
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TC Contender .410ga...



TC Encore .20ga....

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#191707 - 04/06/18 03:23 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: KRal]
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My question is body shots? Head or neck shots? head shots can be difficult since turkey's move so much....Some o y'all better than others

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#191710 - 04/06/18 06:05 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cherokeetracker]
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I do head/neck with the scatter gun.
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#191720 - 04/06/18 07:49 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: BRASF0311]
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I have successfully shot three turkeys with a handgun. One in Alabama, and two inside a preserve.

I shot the turkey with the .357 in the center of the body broadside at 25 yards. Like most people, I expected a .357 to boil feathers and hammer the bird. I was wrong. Hit in one wing and across the top of the drumsticks, the bird was unable to fly or run. The turkey "swam" away; using its wings to breaststroke through the woods. I ran him down and finished him with a bullet to the head.

I thought the fast stepping and volitile .327 would be a great choice for a turkey gun. My first shot struck the bird off center in the neck where the feathers stop. A caliber hole through his neck didn't seem to affect him. In fact, I thought I missed. Shot number two passed through the body above and in front of the wing joint. Again the bird showed no reaction,he just kept walking. A third shot to the head dropped the bird. All three shots were taken at about 70 yards.

Mystified by the ineffectiveness of pistol calibers on body shots, I prepared my 22 Mag for a headshot. A 22 Mag would surely be immediately effective against a turkey head, right? Nope. Off center hits to the neck don't work. I started the shooting at 100 yards, striking the bird in the neck and throat. The bird went down, but I had to close the distance to 25 yards to finish the job. Five shots were fired with three striking the neck, but only the last struck a vertebrae and got the results I wanted. When I hefted the bird by his feet, he rained blood like a sprinkler from his head and neck.

I am still dissatisfied with my shooting results on handgun turkeys. I haven't figured out where or how to hit them. Conventional handgun bullets didn't upset on turkey flesh, and a bullet needed to stike the brain or spine to work as a headshot. I am thinking a handgun bullet needs to be fast and violent to work on a turkey body shot.

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#191722 - 04/06/18 08:27 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cmnash]
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I've taken 36 birds with my FA .454 Casull with 0 misses. I hit the wing butts on top of the back on broadside shots. Straight away or facing shots I hit the neck/body junction. The only bullet I use is the old Speer 260 gr. Mag. HP. I still have about 100 of these (not made any more), but they are saved for only turkeys. Never had a bird get away from them. You'd think the HP would destroy the bird. Nope! Puts a 1 - 1 1/2" hole through the bird with no meat loss.
Most recent gobbler is on bragging board. I'm still very poor in posting it. A little help would be appreciated.
http://www.handgunhunt.com/photopost/data/500/thumbs/073.JPG


Edited by wvhitman (04/06/18 08:29 PM)

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#191723 - 04/06/18 08:30 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: wvhitman]
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Some nice turkeys

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#191728 - 04/06/18 08:54 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: wvhitman]
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Hitman, you are the worlds leading expert on handgunning turkeys. While many would question the need for a .454, I trust your opinion is based on real field experience .

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