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Question by hfedder40. Uploaded on January 14, 2011
most turkey hunting is done with a shotgun. i've never heard of using a rifle. it may not be legal where you are. doubt it is.
Better check you game regulations.
Shooting a turkey with a 243 55 grain bullet?
Gun goes BOOM!
Turkey goes POOF!
Vaporization comes to mind. Watched a fella in New Mexico shoot a turkey with a 270. Tried for a head shot, it hit lower than expected.
It looked just like this it did!
No shotguns and gobblers only in the spring. Rifles are absolutely illegal in PA. Fall is OK I think.
Not a good idea even if it's legal. That combination is very good for varmints, where massive tissue destruction is acceptable or desirable, but terrible for a killing a turkey, where preservation of meat is important.
No rifles, shotgun only in spring #4 shot largest allowed.
Yep, shotgun in spring. You can use a rifle in fall, but that's inadvisable to say the least.
You can't use rifle in the fall in certain WMU's. Either way, rifle is ill advised.
shotgun spring, anything fall.
A good ACCURIT .22Lr or .22Mag With scope and a Shooting stick works WELL --Not a .243W!
I'm not a fan of shooting turkeys with a rifle at any time, but that's your choice if it's legal.
Never heard of .243, but old timers shooting em with a .22, but we can only use shotguns from 20-10 ga with certain shot, I'll have to check up on that
Skip the rifle you can never go wrong with a good old shotgun.
If I were in your shoes, I would give the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation a call to check out the spring turkey season regulations. That way you will be going directly to the source. If you get caught by a conservation agent hunting with an illegal firearm, the people who gave you the wrong information will not be paying your fine!
Its the PA Game Commision, and since a lot of people seem to think its legal to take out rifles, here are the facts straight from the Regulation Book.
1)Manually operated and semi-automatic shotguns limited to a 3-shell capacity in the chamber and magazine combined; 2) Muzzleloading hotguns of all types and gauges; 3)Long, recurve, compoundbows or crossbows with cutting-edg broadheads.
Fine shot no larger than No.4 lead, bismuth-tin and tungsten-iron, or No.2 steel. Rifle/shotgun combination guns may be used if ammunition is limited to shotgun shells. CARRYING OR USING SINGLE PROJECTILE AMMUNITION, RIFLES OR HANDGUNS IS UNLAWFUL.
Short and skinny of it, NO RIFLES FOR SPRING GOBBLER.
In the fall, you may use manually operated rifles including rimfires in most WMU's except for 1A, 1B, 2A, and 2B.
I use a .223/12 gauge o/u so I have no problem with rifles (legal in WV) but what you're talking about is too much, you won't have anything left but the feet and a few feathers. For big spring birds I think the .22 magnum is too light, think .22 Hornet thru .223 Remington. Good hunting.
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