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Turkeys with .243?

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Unread 05-07-2013, 09:52 AM
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Turkeys with .243?

Went shotgun hunting this last Fall for Rio Grande turkey here in S. Texas.
At this time of the year before breeding they travel in flocks of 30 or more birds on the ranch I have access to.
At one point I had a flock come no closer than 50 yds of my blind but I did not want to risk taking a gobbler and maybe killing some of the other birds around him with overspray.
I have decided that next season I will try to take a gobbler with my .243, either with a head shot or a shot to the body as it is legal here in Texas.

What are my chances of taking a gobbler with a good body shot if I use a 90gr full copper metal jacket bullet that will not expand at all?
I would hope that it would not explode him.
What part of the body would you aim at?
Or would a head shot be most recommended?
As far as accuracy I am a benchrest shooter and can get 1-2" groups out to 200yds.

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Unread 08-11-2013, 07:11 AM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

i have heard of guys using 223 and head shots but best bet is to put out a few decoys and call them in. you could try 22LR if you have one of those. the 243 would destroy the turkey if you hit them in the body i suspect.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 08:30 AM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

I hit one above the Brest bone with an 87vmax.. Shot was about 50 yards.. Bullet went in and out. No meat was wasted.
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Unread 08-11-2013, 11:49 AM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

22 LR would be a bit light, head shot or back would be only place to try with it. 243 with a solid might be ok, never tried. Shouldn't lose much meat but might lose your bird if there's lots of cover.
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Unread 08-19-2013, 10:10 PM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

I shot one with a .243 this spring here in Va, and I never could find it. But, my brothers and I put 5 turkeys down with the good ole 12 gauge.
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Unread 11-04-2013, 02:17 PM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

I would say your chances of recovery on a body shot with a FMJ on a turkey would be very, very slim. Birds can be downright tough to kill with a body shot from a rifle and I would certainly like an expanding bullet and shoot right where the neck meets the body to give the best target and minimize meat loss.
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Unread 11-13-2013, 09:21 PM
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Re: Turkeys with .243?

my buddy shot a hen in the neck with an 80 hornady fmj. dead right there
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