410 for turkey?

Sgoakman

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Also, I know for a fact that #9 tss at 1200fps muzzle velocity will kill a Turkey at a laser ranged 70yds.
 

Sgoakman

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That was a 20ga and that was beyond the acceptable pattern range for a 20ga. It will consistently do killing patterns at 60 though. The 410 can do 50yds.
 

Elfego Baca

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This spring we had Turkeys gobbling nearby.
Sometimes we spotted them and then we saw the gobbler.
Jordan 1/2 of our twin 11 year old grandsons was ‘in-line’ to harvest a turkey by virtue of Louize by wife.
I had Jordan shoot at a stationary laid down pop can. He blasted the can!
A few days later Jordan was able to approach the gobbler. He used a single shot 410 shotgun using a 3” shell loaded with 11/16 ounces of #6 shot. One shot to the head neck juncture put him down. 19.4 lbs before cleaning!
 

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Frank in the Laurels

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Unfortunately we still have gobbler chasers living in the past...with the TSS Federal shells in #9 shot and a good choke the pipsqueek little. 410 becomes a gobbler nightmare to 45 yards with no problem...if I wouldn't have seen it with my own eyes I wouldn't believe it either...time to move forward...
 

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Can it be done? Sure. Should it be done? Probably not. I LOVE my small bores for dove and quail, and I have patterned them for turkey loads. I will not shoot at a turkey past 11 yards with a .410, regardless of what shell I use, just not ethical. Yes I know I just opened the flood gates of criticism. If you have one that will make the shot and you have patterned and know your max range, I support your decision to hunt with it. I will not and I did not say it should be illegal, I just said I will not try it, so no need to argue with me over it. With my bow, I can kill a turkey out to 45 yards. Because of being ethical to the turkey, my buddy and I will not allow anything less than 20 gauge in the turkey woods, or a bow.
 

codyadams

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Can it be done? Sure. Should it be done? Probably not. I LOVE my small bores for dove and quail, and I have patterned them for turkey loads. I will not shoot at a turkey past 11 yards with a .410, regardless of what shell I use, just not ethical. Yes I know I just opened the flood gates of criticism. If you have one that will make the shot and you have patterned and know your max range, I support your decision to hunt with it. I will not and I did not say it should be illegal, I just said I will not try it, so no need to argue with me over it. With my bow, I can kill a turkey out to 45 yards. Because of being ethical to the turkey, my buddy and I will not allow anything less than 20 gauge in the turkey woods, or a bow.
If you would use a standard lead turkey load for a 12 gauge on a turkey at 25 yards, but wouldn't use a TSS 18 load out of a .410 at the same range, it doesn't really make sense. 11/13 oz of #9 TSS 18 has around 305 pellets, and carries energy/penetrates as good or better than #6 lead, and can be loaded around 1100 fps from a .410. A 2 oz load of #6 from a 12 gauge would be about the same speed, and would have around 440 pellets, so a little over a third again more, but if you have any experience with TSS 18, you know that it generally patterns better than lead, and has a plenty dense enough pattern out to a long ways with the right choke. Not trying to argue at all, just am unsure if you are aware of the specific qualities of TSS 18 that actually turns a .410 into a viable turkey gun. If we're just talking lead, then I woukd mostly agree with you.

Also, you might want to reference rule #1 of the forum. Link below.

 

Patton243

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This post is like someone asking if a 223 is good for hunting deer. Yes, both will work but there's better options.
 

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