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Would a .22 magnum be an appropriate turkey hunting cartridge, or is there a large chance of the bird running/flying away? Where would I want to shoot a turkey with a .22 magnum? It is legal to hunt with all rifles in Virginia, so I'm all clear with the law.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

if you can shoot it in the head sure, also call game and fish and don't believe everything you read on the internet.

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from WILLHAM48 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Well if you're talking about what I read on the internet about hunting laws, I read this right out of the hunting laws magazine. Thanks for the info, though.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Here in Fl.it is legal to Hunt Turkey with a Rifle, I use a Marlin(scoped).22Magnum Bolt Rifle for years, some of the Boys use.22Lr,22Mag,22Horner,222Rem,223Rem.
all with a scope.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Here on Okla, the .22 Mag is legal, but not the .22LR. I use a .22 Hornet.
I prefer the bird to be erect and facing dead on or dead away. Shoot for the base of the beard.
I think Texas just legalized rifles for spring turkeys. Here, there is a two week window in the fall that rifles are legal for "Toms" only and spring is archery/shotgun only.

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from ALJoe wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

In Alabama it is illegal to hunt turkeys with a rifle. Too me personally, the fun of turkey hunting is seeing how close you can get to them. Get you a shotgun and start having fun. I warn you it is very addictive and can led to an extreme loss of sleep.

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from tneal1987 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

it is also fun to hunt them with a rifle, I have called lot of turkeys into shotgun distance and finished them with a 22 caliber rifle. It is more challenging in some respects as it has to be a good head shot to take down the bird, less room for error.

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from 007 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

While legal, I do not advise it for the spring season, a .22 mag is not enough for a big gobbler. Fall birds (mostly hens or young birds) are fine. For any rifle shot on a turkey, hold for the wing butt on a broadside shot, or the middle of the back if the bird is going straight away from you. Also, be sure to use expanding HP or soft point bullets, NO solids. I parked my .22 mag. for a .223 for spring birds long ago but still carry it in the fall. Hope this helps.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, you should do very well with the .22 mag. Hopefully, you will be able to get in some head shots.

Caution, however...you MAY run into instances where other hunters are stalking the same bird(s)...and could be in your line of fire. And, yes, it's happened before.

Good luck with your hunt.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The man that owns the property that I hunt on uses a .22 Mag for fall and spring turkey hunting. It is legal here in WV. He has killed quite a few turkeys with his .22 Mag. I bought one and during a fall hunt crippled a large gobbler and the next day traded it off for a .22 Hornet and haven't crippled a turkey since and I have killed several with the Hornet. So for me I think it is too small, I'll never hunt turkeys with a .22 Mag again.

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from ishawooa wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I have seen lots of people successfully use .22 mag on turkeys and hunted with one several times myself but never got a shot. That said I prefer a Hornet, K-Hornet, or .222 with light loads and tough bullets. Poke a hole in them and don't blow them up, works for me but not everyone's cup of tea.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I guess you could, but don't think I would want to be around a few hunters sitting on the ground calling turkey in with a rifle by there side. Here in NC it is shotgun only I am guessing because of the safety aspect of it all. But either way turkey hunting is about the most fun you can have outdoors. Have fun and good luck.

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from Sarge01 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

The man that owns the property that I hunt on uses a .22 Mag for fall and spring turkey hunting. It is legal here in WV. He has killed quite a few turkeys with his .22 Mag. I bought one and during a fall hunt crippled a large gobbler and the next day traded it off for a .22 Hornet and haven't crippled a turkey since and I have killed several with the Hornet. So for me I think it is too small, I'll never hunt turkeys with a .22 Mag again.

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from Treestand wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Here in Fl.it is legal to Hunt Turkey with a Rifle, I use a Marlin(scoped).22Magnum Bolt Rifle for years, some of the Boys use.22Lr,22Mag,22Horner,222Rem,223Rem.
all with a scope.

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from 357 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

if you can shoot it in the head sure, also call game and fish and don't believe everything you read on the internet.

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from FirstBubba wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Here on Okla, the .22 Mag is legal, but not the .22LR. I use a .22 Hornet.
I prefer the bird to be erect and facing dead on or dead away. Shoot for the base of the beard.
I think Texas just legalized rifles for spring turkeys. Here, there is a two week window in the fall that rifles are legal for "Toms" only and spring is archery/shotgun only.

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from ALJoe wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

In Alabama it is illegal to hunt turkeys with a rifle. Too me personally, the fun of turkey hunting is seeing how close you can get to them. Get you a shotgun and start having fun. I warn you it is very addictive and can led to an extreme loss of sleep.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from tneal1987 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

it is also fun to hunt them with a rifle, I have called lot of turkeys into shotgun distance and finished them with a 22 caliber rifle. It is more challenging in some respects as it has to be a good head shot to take down the bird, less room for error.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from 007 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

While legal, I do not advise it for the spring season, a .22 mag is not enough for a big gobbler. Fall birds (mostly hens or young birds) are fine. For any rifle shot on a turkey, hold for the wing butt on a broadside shot, or the middle of the back if the bird is going straight away from you. Also, be sure to use expanding HP or soft point bullets, NO solids. I parked my .22 mag. for a .223 for spring birds long ago but still carry it in the fall. Hope this helps.

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from Pathfinder1 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Hi...

Yes, you should do very well with the .22 mag. Hopefully, you will be able to get in some head shots.

Caution, however...you MAY run into instances where other hunters are stalking the same bird(s)...and could be in your line of fire. And, yes, it's happened before.

Good luck with your hunt.

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from ishawooa wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I have seen lots of people successfully use .22 mag on turkeys and hunted with one several times myself but never got a shot. That said I prefer a Hornet, K-Hornet, or .222 with light loads and tough bullets. Poke a hole in them and don't blow them up, works for me but not everyone's cup of tea.

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from WILLHAM48 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

Well if you're talking about what I read on the internet about hunting laws, I read this right out of the hunting laws magazine. Thanks for the info, though.

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from tuna0410 wrote 1 year 14 weeks ago

I guess you could, but don't think I would want to be around a few hunters sitting on the ground calling turkey in with a rifle by there side. Here in NC it is shotgun only I am guessing because of the safety aspect of it all. But either way turkey hunting is about the most fun you can have outdoors. Have fun and good luck.

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