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#191729 - 04/06/18 09:03 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cmnash]
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Wish we could handgun hunt turkeys in NC.
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#191730 - 04/06/18 09:07 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cfish2]
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I second that cfish2

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#191740 - 04/06/18 11:55 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: Franchise]
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Thanks for the info and pics guys, those are all some great trophy's.

After seeing cmnash's 22mag turkey, I ran out this afternoon and got my single six 22 mag all sighted in and ready to take along on opening day. Then I get home tonight and read the above posts, and wish I would have picked up some 454 hp's while I was at Cabelas today. I wonder if my 7.62X39 Encore would have similar results with an hp bullet?
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#191749 - 04/07/18 08:28 AM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: BRASF0311]
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CMnash, My selection of my .454 came after several years of handgun failures. Maybe it was due to poor shot selection, but I doubt it, since I tried to shoot them in the same place with all my guns. I think the success of my .454 is due to the combination of energy, speed, shock effect of the HP (that I didn't see with SWCs, Flat points, slow HPs).
My failures were .223, .44 Mag., .357 Mag., .45-70.
I did do one successful kill with my 6.5JDJ (120 BT) and .375 JDJ (Horn. 220 FP), but those two just seemed like over kill, plus the revolver is so much easier to carry. WV turkey season is during squirrel season, so I'm carrying a silenced Ruger MK III and my .454. Carrying them in holsters is a lot easier than lugging around a long handgun on a sling.

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#191750 - 04/07/18 09:08 AM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: wvhitman]
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 Originally Posted By: wvhitman
CMnash, My selection of my .454 came after several years of handgun failures. Maybe it was due to poor shot selection, but I doubt it, since I tried to shoot them in the same place with all my guns. I think the success of my .454 is due to the combination of energy, speed, shock effect of the HP (that I didn't see with SWCs, Flat points, slow HPs).
My failures were .223, .44 Mag., .357 Mag., .45-70.
I did do one successful kill with my 6.5JDJ (120 BT) and .375 JDJ (Horn. 220 FP), but those two just seemed like over kill, plus the revolver is so much easier to carry. WV turkey season is during squirrel season, so I'm carrying a silenced Ruger MK III and my .454. Carrying them in holsters is a lot easier than lugging around a long handgun on a sling.


Full disclosure, I?ve never shot a turkey with a handgun. I would have thought that an 80% meplat flat point 45 caliber bullet would have wrecked havoc on a turkey. But I have no experience on turkeys,



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#191755 - 04/07/18 03:13 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: BRASF0311]
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I handgunned my first few turkeys in the early 80s with a 10 inch octagon barrel Contender 218 Bee with a 4x TC scope. My ammo was loaded with 45 grain soft nose bullets. I have also taken turkeys with a scoped 223 Contender with 55 grain soft point ammo and a S&W 629 with 240 XTP bullets. Others in my family and I have taken many PA fall turkeys with 22 caliber rifles. 218 Bee, 222, and the family favorite, the 22 Magnum rimfire with hollow point ammo. We all agree that the key to securing a turkey with a single projectile is to shoot them in the wing joint or just above if broadside. The neck/spine just above the wing joint if they are facing or facing away. That?s where all the structure and critical organs are. I will see if I can dig up some photos.
All of these birds were PA fall kills. Where rifles and handguns are legal. In the spring PA only allows shotguns.
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#191758 - 04/07/18 04:14 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: billa]
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David, maybe we should make a trip to the wildlife commission and see if we can't change the law. I know a few folks on the commission.
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#191759 - 04/07/18 04:31 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cfish2]
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Once is enough for me
hit him where the neck joins the body... Hardest shot of my life....Compared to some of the beautiful birds you guys took mine looks like he was on welfare. I think he just left the barber cause his beard was trimmed and spurs were manicured.. Like I said "once was enough for me"...


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#191772 - 04/07/18 10:01 PM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cmnash]
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Doc I certainly trust you'd opinion on shooting Turkeys. I thought I might try a smaller caliber but conceded to the 45 with my 335 gr load.1200fps
The more I have heard about using rifle cartridges in handguns and WVhitman a and the 454,,,,makes me question my choices. Disappointed that I did not connect thus far this year. Good info from all of you. Thank you

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#191784 - 04/08/18 10:55 AM Re: Let's see your Turkey Hunting Handguns [Re: cherokeetracker]
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I used cast SWCs in .357, .44 (several times), and .45-70. Thought they would be the berries. Maybe so for other people, but I lost every one of these birds. Hit them all, but never recovered any of them. With my .454 HPs the distance moved of every turkey I killed has been 0 to 1 FOOT. Maybe I wasn't holding my tongue right on the ones I lost.

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