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hi i intend to purchase a shotgun this summer for the fall turkey season out here. the area is mostly brushy cover.i was wordering if a .410 is enough gun for the job. i know a 20guage will suffice i just wondered if a .410 will work thanks for your advice.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

prolly not unless your very very close i suppose u could kill a trukey with just about anything but for one i don't think they really make a load heavy enough (i could be wrong) and you'd have to be very accurate with such a small pay load of pellets i'd opt to borrow a 20 or 12.ga if you don't own one

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

plus ammo is much cheaper

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from jerry k wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

if you want the turkey to laugh at you, that beind said shooting hens in poults in the fall doesnt require super heavy loads cause the bones are softer than a big gobbler and the vitals are smaller. a 20 ga works fine and there nice because there easier to tote through the woods than a 12 ga.

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from lukem wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

you could probably kill one with a blowgun if you wanted too...but to be on the safe side I would want to bring more gun.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

you'd have to be about 10 to 20 yards. To answer you question yes it will work but a 20 gauge would be the minimum and a 12 gauge is the norm. hope that helps.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Anything smaller than a 20 guage is not legal for Turkey in Kansas and there is a good reason for that. The small payload of shot is inadequate. I would like to use my 28 and only take very close shots but can't 'cause it's illegal.

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

If you are buying a shotgun get at least a 20 guage. I really don't see the point of a .410 for anything, other than the Taurus Judge. Go with a 20 guage at minimum every time. I've been to stores that didn't even sell shells for a .410, but just about everybody has 20 and 12. Both my son and my nephew started out shooting 20 guages when they were 8 and didn't have a problem with them.

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

i wouldnt use any thing smaller then a 12GA on turkeys, 10GA even better.

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from tightliner09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

hi i forgot to mention my area has thick brush, mountainous terrain, and a good population of turkey.
also the only reg about guage is that it must be smaller than 12. thank you for your answers.

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I used a .410 for dove and rabbits with minimal success (except on an exceptional dove hunt but that was due to the land). To be honest i think a 20guage would do much better. up until now i have used a 20 guage for everything, the ammo is cheaper and it will kill a turkey just as good in your terrain as a 12 if not better. it is also generally lighter and would be easier to lug aroung in a mountainous terrain and a shorter barrel would be good for thick brush. Hope this helps!

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

There is a state that restricts using a 12 gauge on Turkeys? Thats weird. If so a 20 gauge with a good choke will do it. I wouldn't shoot much farther than maybe 30 yards though.

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Never heard of a state restricting shotgun size for turkeys to anything smaller than 12. Might wanna check that again, maybe I'm wrong. A 12 gauge would be a more ethical approach than a .410. But if you just want a lighter gun a 20 guage with a good choke will do the job. I wouldn't shoot much farther than 30 yards though.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Not that you asked but I'll tell you anyway for the money go get a Mossburg 835 12 and you'll have a shotgun for every game animal you want to shoot. 3 1/2 will open up all kinds of game from turks to ducks to deer. It's just good for what ails ya, ya know?

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from tightliner09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

sorry about that it say 12 or smaller.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The .410 is a little lite for Turkey.

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Sorry for the double post above. Gotta love a freezing computer.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

A friend once accidentally killed three turkeys with one shot from a .410 which doe not mean anything except he was lucky and the turkeys were not. Go with the twenty or better yet a twelve. Get a Benelli if you can.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 4 days ago

Twelve Gauge Benelli Super Black Eagle II!!!

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from kolbster wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

i wouldnt use any thing smaller then a 12GA on turkeys, 10GA even better.

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from Beekeeper wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

The .410 is a little lite for Turkey.

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from jerry k wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

if you want the turkey to laugh at you, that beind said shooting hens in poults in the fall doesnt require super heavy loads cause the bones are softer than a big gobbler and the vitals are smaller. a 20 ga works fine and there nice because there easier to tote through the woods than a 12 ga.

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from Del in KS wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Anything smaller than a 20 guage is not legal for Turkey in Kansas and there is a good reason for that. The small payload of shot is inadequate. I would like to use my 28 and only take very close shots but can't 'cause it's illegal.

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from ishawooa wrote 5 years 4 weeks ago

A friend once accidentally killed three turkeys with one shot from a .410 which doe not mean anything except he was lucky and the turkeys were not. Go with the twenty or better yet a twelve. Get a Benelli if you can.

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from tightliner09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

hi i forgot to mention my area has thick brush, mountainous terrain, and a good population of turkey.
also the only reg about guage is that it must be smaller than 12. thank you for your answers.

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from tightliner09 wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

sorry about that it say 12 or smaller.

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

prolly not unless your very very close i suppose u could kill a trukey with just about anything but for one i don't think they really make a load heavy enough (i could be wrong) and you'd have to be very accurate with such a small pay load of pellets i'd opt to borrow a 20 or 12.ga if you don't own one

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from willkillsdeer wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

plus ammo is much cheaper

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

you'd have to be about 10 to 20 yards. To answer you question yes it will work but a 20 gauge would be the minimum and a 12 gauge is the norm. hope that helps.

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from CPT BRAD wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Not that you asked but I'll tell you anyway for the money go get a Mossburg 835 12 and you'll have a shotgun for every game animal you want to shoot. 3 1/2 will open up all kinds of game from turks to ducks to deer. It's just good for what ails ya, ya know?

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

There is a state that restricts using a 12 gauge on Turkeys? Thats weird. If so a 20 gauge with a good choke will do it. I wouldn't shoot much farther than maybe 30 yards though.

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Never heard of a state restricting shotgun size for turkeys to anything smaller than 12. Might wanna check that again, maybe I'm wrong. A 12 gauge would be a more ethical approach than a .410. But if you just want a lighter gun a 20 guage with a good choke will do the job. I wouldn't shoot much farther than 30 yards though.

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from FairChase wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

Sorry for the double post above. Gotta love a freezing computer.

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from Sharkfin wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

If you are buying a shotgun get at least a 20 guage. I really don't see the point of a .410 for anything, other than the Taurus Judge. Go with a 20 guage at minimum every time. I've been to stores that didn't even sell shells for a .410, but just about everybody has 20 and 12. Both my son and my nephew started out shooting 20 guages when they were 8 and didn't have a problem with them.

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from lukem wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

you could probably kill one with a blowgun if you wanted too...but to be on the safe side I would want to bring more gun.

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from Alex Williams wrote 5 years 6 weeks ago

I used a .410 for dove and rabbits with minimal success (except on an exceptional dove hunt but that was due to the land). To be honest i think a 20guage would do much better. up until now i have used a 20 guage for everything, the ammo is cheaper and it will kill a turkey just as good in your terrain as a 12 if not better. it is also generally lighter and would be easier to lug aroung in a mountainous terrain and a shorter barrel would be good for thick brush. Hope this helps!

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from rudyglove27 wrote 4 years 4 days ago

Twelve Gauge Benelli Super Black Eagle II!!!

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