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# of pellets needed for a kill
« on: April 10, 2009, 05:09:02 PM »
What is the optimum number of pellets needed to kill a turkey?  I've heard 8 -10. 

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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2009, 05:11:04 PM »
i'd like to have 20+
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2009, 05:12:45 PM »
That makes sense.   8)

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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2009, 07:04:14 PM »
One pellet will kill but the ethical objective is a quick death..Jelly head or Decapitation is the most efficient way to take down a tom...therefore minimum of 15 but up to 40 cna be possible depending on distance and choke/shot selection.. :)
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2009, 07:19:48 AM »
One ;)

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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2009, 07:29:07 AM »
They way I understand it is that you want 5-8 in the head/neck. Pattern your gun out to 40 yards or so and if your load gives 5-8 hits in the vitals your good to go. A good choke/shot combo will give far more than that at forty though.
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2009, 07:42:13 AM »
Yep, one in the right place will do the job.  But any number of pellets in the wings isnít much good if the legs still work, and vise-versa.  The breast is very thick and hard to get through to the vitals, donít expect all the pellets that hit the breast area to get through.  Head and neck is the key, get as many pellets in that area as you can. 

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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2009, 04:36:28 PM »
one in the brain or neck bone, dead bird. but i like to see a heavy mass pattern centered half way up the neck. my best pattern this year is 54 in that area, from a hastings xtra full choke, federal premium mags 12ga. 3 1/2 in. #6s 2 1/4 oz. out of my custom mossberg 835 ultimag.














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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #8 on: April 11, 2009, 11:55:20 PM »
My shoulder is still sore from shooting 3.5 inch 12 GA loads out of my Mossberg 935 with a Tru Glo Turkey Choke.  My best pattern was using 2 1/4 oz of 6's in Hevi-shot.  At 50 yards I had 8 pellets in the vitals and an even distribution.  Could not get the same pattern with Federal Flite Controls in 6's.
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #9 on: April 12, 2009, 01:54:16 PM »
forgot to mention that was at 35 yds. and i also use a pro diamond scope

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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #10 on: April 13, 2009, 04:54:00 PM »
Quote
forgot to mention that was at 35 yds. and i also use a pro diamond scope

Can you do that?
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2009, 04:59:33 PM »
Yes you can have a scope on a shotgun for turkeys.  I checked with a local wildlife agent a few years back.  I wanted to put one on my wifes shotgun.  He could not find anything that said you couldnt.
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Re: # of pellets needed for a kill
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2009, 06:32:52 PM »
Guess I know my next purchase then.
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