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hi i intend to purchase a shotgun this summer for the fall turkey season out here. the area is mostly brushy cover.i was worderi

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  • hi i intend to purchase a shotgun this summer for the fall turkey season out here. the area is mostly brushy cover.i was worderi

    hi i intend to purchase a shotgun this summer for the fall turkey season out here. the area is mostly brushy cover.i was wordering if a .410 is enough gun for the job. i know a 20guage will suffice i just wondered if a .410 will work thanks for your advice.

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    prolly not unless your very very close i suppose u could kill a trukey with just about anything but for one i don't think they really make a load heavy enough (i could be wrong) and you'd have to be very accurate with such a small pay load of pellets i'd opt to borrow a 20 or 12.ga if you don't own one

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    • #3
      plus ammo is much cheaper

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      • #4
        if you want the turkey to laugh at you, that beind said shooting hens in poults in the fall doesnt require super heavy loads cause the bones are softer than a big gobbler and the vitals are smaller. a 20 ga works fine and there nice because there easier to tote through the woods than a 12 ga.

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        • #5
          you could probably kill one with a blowgun if you wanted too...but to be on the safe side I would want to bring more gun.

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          • #6
            you'd have to be about 10 to 20 yards. To answer you question yes it will work but a 20 gauge would be the minimum and a 12 gauge is the norm. hope that helps.

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            • #7
              Anything smaller than a 20 guage is not legal for Turkey in Kansas and there is a good reason for that. The small payload of shot is inadequate. I would like to use my 28 and only take very close shots but can't 'cause it's illegal.

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              • #8
                If you are buying a shotgun get at least a 20 guage. I really don't see the point of a .410 for anything, other than the Taurus Judge. Go with a 20 guage at minimum every time. I've been to stores that didn't even sell shells for a .410, but just about everybody has 20 and 12. Both my son and my nephew started out shooting 20 guages when they were 8 and didn't have a problem with them.

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                • #9
                  i wouldnt use any thing smaller then a 12GA on turkeys, 10GA even better.

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                  • #10
                    hi i forgot to mention my area has thick brush, mountainous terrain, and a good population of turkey.
                    also the only reg about guage is that it must be smaller than 12. thank you for your answers.

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                    • #11
                      I used a .410 for dove and rabbits with minimal success (except on an exceptional dove hunt but that was due to the land). To be honest i think a 20guage would do much better. up until now i have used a 20 guage for everything, the ammo is cheaper and it will kill a turkey just as good in your terrain as a 12 if not better. it is also generally lighter and would be easier to lug aroung in a mountainous terrain and a shorter barrel would be good for thick brush. Hope this helps!

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                      • #12
                        There is a state that restricts using a 12 gauge on Turkeys? Thats weird. If so a 20 gauge with a good choke will do it. I wouldn't shoot much farther than maybe 30 yards though.

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                        • #13
                          Never heard of a state restricting shotgun size for turkeys to anything smaller than 12. Might wanna check that again, maybe I'm wrong. A 12 gauge would be a more ethical approach than a .410. But if you just want a lighter gun a 20 guage with a good choke will do the job. I wouldn't shoot much farther than 30 yards though.

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                          • #14
                            Not that you asked but I'll tell you anyway for the money go get a Mossburg 835 12 and you'll have a shotgun for every game animal you want to shoot. 3 1/2 will open up all kinds of game from turks to ducks to deer. It's just good for what ails ya, ya know?

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                            • #15
                              sorry about that it say 12 or smaller.

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