Check your new local regulations as this is not a legal load for turkeys in many areas
Bill & Susan Townsley wrote:
I'd be scared that if I used a regular .22 rimfire that I'd lose a few birds. I never liked the idea of a beautiful gamebird like a turkey dying a slow death because of me, so I stick with the slightly more powerful cartridges. I've killed at least 20 turkeys with a .22 magnum. All were one shot kills and little or no meat was damaged. I've only lost one bird that I've shot at. It flew off and I never found a trace. It's possible that I missed it, but to this day I think I hit it. Because of that one bird, I switched to a .222 and have never been disappointed with the results.
Hope this helps,
Let me first start by saying that I never have hunted a turkey with a .22 because of local laws. My question or comment is based on the previous post regarding taking turkeys with a .22mag and switching to the .222. I know that a turkey is a tough bird but in relation to its size it is my opinion that the proper .22LR would suffice. I believe that the .22LR would have plenty of penetration power under 100 yards and would fragment sufficiently to cleanly kill the bird. When there are .22LR round with speeds of 1500-1750 fps you should have plenty of power where legal. There are sniper round that are effective on larger targets that are .22SSS 60gr 950 fps. An example of a readily available round would be the Remington Yellow Jacket. Hollow point and fast. Should do the trick. The previous poster admitted to taking many birds with the .22mag before switching. If it was legal I would without hesitation take many varieties of game with the Remington 541-T HB I own using accurate ammunition and well placed shots. Anyone with factual, field tested proof otherwise please correct me as I would not want to steer someone in the wrong direction. Ed
In California, you can legally hunt turkeys with a pellet rifle. You can also use a bow and arrow, a shotgun (10ga or smaller), a rifle, or a pistol.
Oh, those wacky CA game laws.
If you figure a really big bird at, oh say, 40 lbs., it makes sense that a .22 ought to take one out (while taking out some good meat) pretty well. That's assuming you get a good hit on it, which may be a rather big if. I'd use something better myself.
I killed my one and only turkey with a .22LR. It was a head shot at 50 yards - the bird didn't move from the spot it was standing. Note that this .22 was deadly accurate; we practiced by shooting old cigerate lighters at 75 yards (it had a 3-9x Leopould scope on it).
A forty pound turkey? Would that be a record of some kind? Around here a twenty-five pound one is fairly big and the articles in magazines I have read have never shown one over thirty pounds. So what is a record sized bird weight anyway? I am asking seriously, I don't know but I just thought forty pounds sounded too big. Can someone shed some more light. Ed
This spring I shot a 26.5 LB turkey and it was the biggest ever harvested in my Southern Illinois County
Question, from a non-hunter: Why would the meat be damaged? Would a too-small bullet tumble inside the bird and rip it up?
Well, I did say that a 'really big bird' would be as much as 40 lbs. This upcoming season will be my first attempt at turkey, so I'm no expert. I've seen turkeys of about 25-30 pounds, so I figured that there might be one out there a bit heavier, so used 40 as a sort of theoretical maximum.
I'd like to know what the record is. I know that it's fairly easy to find out what the record sizes are for all the various fish, but I haven't seen anything like that for mammals or birds. Is there such a thing, other than the ones for tracking antler sizes, of course?
The reason I mentioned that no meat was damaged was that before I used a 22 mag, I used to hunt Turkeys with a bigger bore rifle
Just courius which bullet are you using for deer hunting ,, and how many deer have you killed with the 222.
I need support on using the 222/223/22-250 for deer hunting
hope you guys have on boots....seems to me it got a little deep