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Old 03-03-2021, 12:42 PM   #1
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Whos actually done it? My hesitation is really just a windy day causing a miss. I know the 22-250 will do the job.
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:47 PM   #2
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I've killed a few in the Fall with mine and my buddy has too. It'll get the job done.
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:54 PM   #3
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A few years ago my buddy's kid body shot one with my hmr.

Turkey went about 20 yards and was dead
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Old 03-03-2021, 12:55 PM   #4
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I killed one with mine a few years back that caught me off guard mid day. He didn't take a step or even flop! Also shot one my wife shot with the shotgun that took off running, he got out to almost 100 yards and hit him square in the back and he dropped. Not sure how he made it that far though his head looked Swiss cheese! But yes they will get the job done no doubt!
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:03 PM   #5
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Isn't that against the law since its rimfire???
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:08 PM   #6
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Isn't that against the law since its rimfire???

Kinda what I was thinking if it was legal id be hunting everything with a 17


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Old 03-03-2021, 01:09 PM   #7
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Isn't that against the law since its rimfire???
I don't think so. Turkey is not listed as illegal.https://tpwd.texas.gov/regulations/o...ns-and-methods
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:14 PM   #8
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It's legal to shoot thunder chickens with a rimfire, hoping to try out my .17 on one here in a few months!
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:21 PM   #9
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It's legal for rios not for easterns. Shotgun or bow is still the better choice anyway. Way more fun for sure!
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:31 PM   #10
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Sorry for the incorrect statement above.

Dang ive been bow only for the last 30 years so not up on laws for firearms but could swear it use to be illegal.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:34 PM   #11
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I guess ill give it a shot. I just picked up some 12 gauge 3" Federal TSS from cabelas in Lubbock...with tax over $45 for 5 rounds.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:43 PM   #12
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17 makes for an easy head shot. Make noise, they turn head broadside to look at you.......goodnight!
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:22 PM   #13
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Once shot a gobbler still 197 yards with a 22mag.... not one the first or 5th shot but I did get him.
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Old 03-03-2021, 10:52 PM   #14
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I killed two years ago, with a 17 HMR. Shot the first one at about 30 yards, hit it in the base of the neck. It stood there looking around, knowing something was wrong, then took of running. It got about 20 ft. and dropped dead, no flopping, nothing just dead, it was kind of odd. But if that was odd, what happened next was more odd. There were four jakes with the tom, they all ran over and started pecking the dead tom. They were relentless. I walked up and started yelling at the birds, they did not seem to notice me. I finally hit one of the birds with my had, kind of pushing it away. They momentarily stopped pecking the tom, but then went right back to pecking the tom. So I shot one of the jakes at point blank. Killed it, about five to ten seconds later, the other birds stopped pecking the tom and looked around, saw their other buddy was dead and decided they should leave. They did not leave in a big hurry either. **** birds are crazy.

The 17 HMR worked great on those two that day. I am guessing the bullet that hit the first one, probably blew out the arteries going to the brain, but did not damage the spine.

Probably work better for head or neck shots, if the turkey holds still long enough to get off a accurate shot.
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:04 PM   #15
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Isn't that against the law since its rimfire???
Nope, only migratory game birds have to be hunted with a shotgun. Non migratory game birds can be hunted by rifle or shotgun. I actually started shooting quail as a kid with 22 LR. My step father used to get onto me for doing so. Told me you are supposed to only shoot them with a shotgun. I love eating quail, but hate biting down on shotgun pellets. Then years later, I was talking to a game warden friend of the family, and he got to telling me about how he kills a lot of quail with a 22 LR. So I asked, him if he did it, because nobody was going to give him a ticket, him being a game warden or was it legal. He informed, me it was legal, that you have to use a shotgun for migratory game birds, but not non migratory game birds.
So, I kept on shooting quail with a 22 LR., have not shot one in 25 years, have not been on a place that had quail in that long. Well except for the few we had in Marion, but I was wanting those quail to multiply a good bit more, before I shot any.
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Old 03-04-2021, 08:32 AM   #16
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i've shot several with it. Works
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Old 03-04-2021, 09:28 AM   #17
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Yep they work well.
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Old 03-04-2021, 10:05 PM   #18
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Iíve killed a ton with a 17 HMR. 17 Mach 2 works well also. They arenít water buffaloes.


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Old 03-09-2021, 05:43 PM   #19
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Killed one with a 17HMR after a long frustrating turkey season during the drought year 2011 on my last available trip. Shot him at 60 yards in the vitals as he was once again skirting me. He was dead in 20 yards. Haven't used it since but it was **** lethal on that turkey.
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:09 AM   #20
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17 will do it.. i'd aim for the head or neck preferably base of the neck when they stretch up.. last turkey i called came in to 7 yards .. buddy was right behind me and shot 20g and missed .. put a crater in the ground , pattern was too tight for that close.. lucky he shot again after turkey stumbled around and moved away a little... i've only shot one during rifle season with 243 and there was nothing left of the bird , I won't do that again... fun of it is calling them in close ... if you are going to rifle shoot one , then all calibers will wind drift , and bird will move .. it all comes down to marksmanship and 17 is definitely capable... 22-250 to the body and there won't be much left to eat. not to mention a heck of a mess.
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:26 AM   #21
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Sorry for the incorrect statement above.

Dang ive been bow only for the last 30 years so not up on laws for firearms but could swear it use to be illegal.
It was
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:32 AM   #22
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I shot one of the biggest Gobblers I've ever killed with a 22 mag. I shot him six times, and hit him every time. The last shot was at 80 yards and it broke his back and leg. When I cleaned him, I realized I hit him everytime, just there's a lot of places you can shoot a turkey with a .22 and he can run off. I think a .17 HMR would be more effective. In my experience, more accurate, and just know where to put it.
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Old 03-11-2021, 09:34 AM   #23
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Killed several with my dads 22 mag and been wanting to do it with my .17 for a number of years but it’s just so much fun with a shotgun it’s hard to do. If I’m hunting with a buddy a lot of times I’ve brought my shotgun and 17 in case the bird hangs up out of shotgun range but hasn’t happened yet.

I’d say do it, head shot, but if not able to one to the vitals from the side or back would easily take one down.
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Old 03-12-2021, 07:14 AM   #24
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17 from behind where the neck meets the body... lights out...some flapping action.
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Old 03-12-2021, 06:30 PM   #25
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22 mag works great on them!

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Old 03-12-2021, 06:55 PM   #26
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I accidentally shot 2 with one shot once. They both died right there. 17 hmr did it
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Old 03-12-2021, 08:28 PM   #27
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167 paces in the base of the neck.

Pewww flop

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