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12 Gauge 2-3/4

12/9/14 @ 3:57 PM
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fishinfool1
User since 3/14/10
I hopefully will be Turkey Hunting for the first time this spring. I have an old 12 Gauge 2 3/4 single shot Is this gun Okay for Turkey Hunting and what type of shell would you use. Thanks

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9/3/19 @ 9:01 PM
fetch-um-up
User since 2/19/06

Plenty of killing power if you keep the distance practical.  I'd pattern them to see where the group centers so you can adjust accordingly if needed..   

9/3/19 @ 6:39 PM
lawdog616
lawdog616
User since 1/20/04

I have never turkey hunted before and decided to get a permit for this fall.  I too will be shooting 2 3/4 in 12 ga,#4's..............that is all I have other than #6 that I use for grouse....will see if I get a shot and if I do what it does....

5/4/19 @ 11:54 PM
Master_Piker
Master_Piker
User since 12/7/05

You should be just fine with a 2 3/4" 12 gauge. I would try Federal Grand Slam 2 3/4" #6 and Winchester Rooster XR 2 3/4" #6. The Federals have 1 1/2 ounces of shot and will probably have a more dense pattern in a more open choke. In a tighter choke, the Rooster XR with 1 1/4 oz. of shot may do a little better. The Rooster XR has a muzzle velocity of 1300 fps and will hit harder, but that means nothing with a poor pattern. If they both pattern similar, then go with the higher velocity.

I shot this bird late yesterday morning with my 20 gauge Mossberg 500TK at 34 yards. I shoot Long Beard XR 3" 1 1/4 oz #6 @ 1000 fps and he barely flopped after I shot. His head was mangled. If a 20 gauge will do it, a 12 with the same or slightly larger payload will be just fine! My dad shot the other bird about two seconds after I shot mine.

4/22/19 @ 9:15 PM
Wicasa
Wicasa
User since 11/11/15

The only thing that matters is the number of pellets in the kill zone.  Like others have said pattern, pattern, pattern....

4/22/19 @ 7:56 PM
Btw567
User since 9/22/17

Walleye beef, great bird!  I think calling them in is the fun part!

4/22/19 @ 7:46 PM
Btw567
User since 9/22/17

Don’t worry.  Call your bird within range and put the pattern on his neck!  You will not be disappointed 

2/12/15 @ 3:35 PM
crossbow davio
User since 2/22/05
i have used federal premium mag shok in my old but trusty remington 870 in 2-3/4 for about 12 years and the only birds that didn't drop are the ones i missed Wondering Sweating Doh! i do recommend patterning a couple of different loads and chokes to see what works best for you maybe try it with a buddy or two and split the cost i would shoot out to at least 40 yards when patterning. i try to keep my shots when hunting to inside of 30 yarde but did drop a jake at 45 yards Smile in an open field

1/20/15 @ 9:35 PM
walleyebeef
walleyebeef
User since 7/10/11
I dropped my first gobbler last year with my Remington 1100 2 3/4, full choke. Winchester turkey loads number 5 took him down no problem at 30yds.

1/10/15 @ 9:41 AM
JamesD
JamesD
MEMBER since 2/16/04
I patterned my fullchoke barrel before going out and I'm glad I did. Number 6, 2 3/4 Heavi-shot seemed to be down and slightly to the left in that gun. Not having any sights to adjust I aimed up and slightly to the right when the bird's head popped up and dropped it no problem. As mentioned earlier, put some different types of shells thru it while aiming at a sheet of cardboard with a with a small dot on it and carefully shoot the gun like you would a rifle. You'll really see what your gun can do when a bird shows itself.

12/12/14 @ 10:18 PM
fetch-um-up
User since 2/19/06
Copper plated lead has been around for ever, and is much softer than steel. I've never heard warnings about using it in older guns, but check with the manufacturer to be safe...................

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