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    Quote Originally Posted by hortontoter View Post
    Turkey hunting is all about head shooting IMO. My best advice is to use 3" shells with 7 1/2 shot in your 20 gauge. I'm hunting them this spring with the .410 I threw together in December. They are going to have to be close with .410. Should make for some fun encounters.

    One warning, you will be hooked.
    They are making hevi shot for 410 now,you should try it for a little more knockdown power
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    a good read for .410 turkey loads

    http://www.shotgunworld.com/bbs/viewtopic.php?t=203025

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    Just remember that what turkeys were doing in the fall during bow season on the property you plan to hunt may not be what they will be doing in the spring. Same as with deer, it's all about food and breeding. Best way to kill turkeys is to find out where they roost, where they like go after fly down, then get between the two or at the place they are going to. i personally will probably never hunt turkeys with anything other than a shotgun. Why? Because I find them to be fun but very challenging even with a shotgun, I don't like hunting out of blinds, and when I get them in range I want to kill them and that usually happens with a shotgun. Now you'll have some people say that killing turkeys is too easy with a shotgun, and maybe some birds in some places are easier to kill. Do I occasionally run across a bird that is easy, yes, but not every year. The birds I hunt are often difficult to get to, like most birds they have a mind of their own, and they are unpredictable. Turkey hunting is fun because a lot of times it's about making quick decisions, outsmarting them in ever changing situations, etc. Be ready for it though because it is addictive and once you start you'll love it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbb View Post
    Interesting reading. I would have never considered #9 shot would penetrate better than #4 shot at any distance. I'll stick with my 7 1/2 shot and see how things work out. I know when I used a .410 when I was 16 years old that 7 1/2 shot was the ticket for most game I hunted. I did use 5 shot for jump shooting wood ducks as most shots were at the backs of ducks flying away. I'm wondering now if the 7 1/2 shot would have worked just as well, or maybe better.
    I may be opinionated...but, my opinion is the only one that matters anyway.

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    Could anyone take me turkey hunting because no one in my family hunts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hortontoter View Post
    Interesting reading. I would have never considered #9 shot would penetrate better than #4 shot at any distance. I'll stick with my 7 1/2 shot and see how things work out. I know when I used a .410 when I was 16 years old that 7 1/2 shot was the ticket for most game I hunted. I did use 5 shot for jump shooting wood ducks as most shots were at the backs of ducks flying away. I'm wondering now if the 7 1/2 shot would have worked just as well, or maybe better.

    yea size of shot is like arrows weights, speed really effects things, heavier doesn't always mean more energy, deeper penetration
    some times being lighter has a plus to it, same as with drop too
    and why I like to read about different test like this one, makes you think a little about set ups

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    Quote Originally Posted by mknerem52 View Post
    Could anyone take me turkey hunting because no one in my family hunts.

    well I live in PA, and odds are too far or I would be willing
    that said, if no one here makes you an offer, I would maybe suggest going to a few archery stores and or gun stores
    and asking there, never know who would be willing to help out, and maybe even make a new hunting buddy along the way
    many hunters enjoy taking new guys out, HOWEVER, many like to do that after they kill there birds so, can ask maybe that way,
    if they would, after they kill, or just let you tag along while they try to
    still will gain some good info

    But even still, its not a hard game to pick up, sure you will make mistakes as you go
    but I learned how to by just going out there and trying, and that was yrs before video's and so much info was known about turkeys like today
    your local game warden too will be a great tool to ask
    Good luck

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