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    one way to find out.

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    My first turkey was taken with a Colt Official Police, 38 special, 140 gr. Hornady at about 950 fps. Worked well then, has worked well for the 30 years since. Also successful were 41 mag, 32 S&W Long with a 100 gr. SWC at 1000 fps, 380 ACP with factory Hornady flexitip ammo (22 yards bang/flop), 38 special out of a Detective Special second model, and a Cobra first model, 45 ACP in the old Gold Cup, and probably another 10 I don't remember. All my turkey handgun hunting has been done with regular carrying guns, although I've several Contenders used for deer, antelope, and coyote, it just doesn't seem right to use a scope on Turkey. Personal thing I'm sure.
    Go for it. If you're a competent handgunner it makes for a great hunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve in Micco View Post
    Alan, of course!

    Am also thinking it might be fun to exhibit the usefulness of a M336/.30wcf loaded to .32-20 velocity with a 115 grain cast bullet on these critters.
    That will work but if you want, load 115g FMJs for 30carbine. We used these in 30/30 to shoot Red Fox with least pelt damage. For squirrel we use 100gr 1/2jacket Plinkers, this one loaded down to 32/20 vels.
    Never trust a man who rents pigs : Gus, Lonesome Dove

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    I have a TC Contender. Pretty old but what a pistol. I have a nice scope on the .22 barrel and would easily take a turkey with a head shot. Once I got the thing zeroed in it just does not miss. I am far from being a great shot. It is another gun range favorite. I shoot a 30/30 Waters and guys come over to see what little pistol is making all the noise. I have not figured out how many barrels I need to this thing. The .410/.45 is pretty neat to shoot. I picked this TC Contender up at a yard sale, for crying out load, $200.00 about 30 years ago. It came with a nice shoulder holster and a total of six barrels.
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    i had a friend who's land bordered a giant orange grove in labelle, he would shoot turkey's with an old ruger 22/45 target model.
    don't know if it was legal or not, he was way out there and he was an insatiable drunk.
    I know in TN turkey is shotgun only and believe it is #4 shot or smaller to be legal

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    They will die with a pellet rifle and bow so why not a hand gun?? Even got one with a motorcycle and many with a truck they seem to die pretty easy. No season or tag required.


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